Crown Simmons Housing’s plans to provide much needed new affordable housing in West Molesey moved a step closer following a very positive meeting with Elmbridge planning officers on Friday 1st July.
For the last two years we have been consulting with our residents at Mole Abbey in Abbey Walk about demolishing 12 prefab bungalows that were built on the site in the 1960’s and replacing them with new affordable and private housing and much improved communal facilities for our existing residents at Mole Abbey. The proposals would also see the existing Mole Abbey Cottage demolished to make way for ‘state of the art’ housing for residents who will be moved from the bungalows.
By freeing up land on Abbey Walk we can provide additional brand new affordable housing on the site, as well as a smaller number of apartments for private sale. Our plans, which are still to be formally approved by Elmbridge Council, would see 28 new one and two-bedroom apartments built at Abbey Walk, the majority being affordable housing. Crown Simmons has been working closely with Haines Phillips Architects, Welling Partnership and Firstplan consultants on the proposals since 2014.
Paul Yates, Chief Executive of Crown Simmons said: “This is very positive news and we look forward now to submitting a full planning application with a view to achieving planning permission later this year. We had a very positive meeting with local residents back in January and, although I know that some of our residents have been concerned about the time taken to get to this stage, I am confident that we will be able to start work in 2017.”