Rosebery Housing Association is committed to making the most of our property assets – including some of our underutilised garage areas – in order to provide good quality homes in Epsom & Ewell.
The Bahram Road garages located on the Longmead Estate were run down, dilapidated buildings that were not fit for purpose. There were 37 of old garages, laid out in four rows. Following initial consultation with the local authority planners, in July 2017 we put forward our plans for these garages as a potential development site and one that would have a positive impact on the community. We also took our plans to the local residents, as part of our community consultation process, and ensured they were fully engaged throughout.
Our development concept was to replace the old garages with a modern housing development set within a cul-de-sac, providing two two-bedroom semi detached houses and three one-bedroom terraced houses, delivering a total of five affordable new homes for shared ownership.
Jason McIntyre, Rosebery’s Director of Development and New Business headed up the innovative development programme. “We wanted to build something modern, of really good quality and affordable, which is fit for purpose, to transform this area for the local community.”
Our application was approved and we awarded the contract to Bramber Construction to provide 11 good quality homes on the Longmead Estate. This included the five houses for shared ownership at Wren Close together with six brand new apartments for affordable rent at Teddington Close. Those six affordable rent apartments are currently under construction and are scheduled to be available to rent from October 2018. All of the construction work at Wren Close has been successfully completed.
Deborah Pike, Rosebery’s Chief Executive, commented on the development project, “Epsom & Ewell is Rosebery’s heartland, where we continue to focus on providing a range of appropriate accommodation for individuals and families who need it most. This new development programme again shows our commitment to delivering a range of homes to the community and we are pleased to have successfully completed this project.”
Wednesday 18 July marks the completion of the new development programme at Wren Close, which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen. “Today sees the culmination of much hard work by Rosebery Housing Association in creating this new suite of high quality, contemporary houses for our local community. There is a growing need for good, affordable housing in Epsom & Ewell, so we see this as a significant achievement in meeting that need. I’m pleased to mark the completion of this important programme of work and I congratulate Rosebery and their construction partners on successfully turning their vision into reality.”
Check out the before and after below:Wren Close garages and new homes