PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF WARRENS COACHWORKS, TICEHURST

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On June 19 2008, Rother District Council refused planning permission for our planned re-development of the Warrens Coachworks site for 25 extra care retirement apartments together with an on site care facility and retail unit; you can read their objections here. Court Royal are very disappointed by this decision, given the favorable welcome given to our plans not only by the Parish Council but also from all those local residents who took the trouble to let Rother District Council know of their support. Court Royal are now considering carefully their next steps.

Court Royal is an established company operating in Kent specifically set up to deliver extra care schemes for many older owner-occupiers in Kent Surrey and Sussex in particular and the South-East in general. Court Royal has identified both an opportunity and a need for such a scheme in the village of Ticehurst, and falls in line with retaining employment sites by encouraging mixed use schemes.

It is considered ideal for the purpose being in a pleasant residential location within a short walk of the village and its facilities.

Ticehurst itself is a thriving community and provides ample facilities for its residents including a good range of local shops, Post Office, new doctors surgery, pubs, hairdressers and a variety of societies, clubs and organizations. The Parish Action Plan indicates that there is a need for good quality accommodation in the village for older residents.

The housing needs survey carried out by Rother District Council confirms the need for 381 units of private sheltered units.  The Housing Strategy 2004/09 states in its foreword that “Rother has the second highest proportion of people over retirement age and he highest proportion of over 85 year olds in the UK, making supported and sheltered housing a key issue”

Only a scheme of this size will allow for the considerable costs in remediation of the site and addressing the right of way for the sub-station. We feel that we have clearly shown that this site is a suitable, sustainable and appropriate location for a mixed use scheme which safeguards the employment use of the site and enables a much needed service to be provided.

If you have any comments or observations please contact us by e-mail or phone 01892 545 382.