Why are we redeveloping?
Affordable housing is central to community wellbeing. We are working to maximise the supply of affordable housing and meet the goals identified in the Waverley Borough Council Housing Strategy 2018-2023. Our regeneration and development schemes make the best use of the council's land assets to provide new affordable homes which are sustainable, energy efficient, high quality and meet the needs of Waverley residents.
How will the redevelopment proposals for Churt be funded?
Through careful financial management, money has been made available in our Housing Revenue Account to build new council homes across the borough.
How did you identify the areas for redevelopment?
We have been working to identify sites that could support the delivery of much-needed affordable rented homes in Churt. We decided to maximise the potential of our land assets by specifically focussing on sites that are under-utilised or in disrepair.
How many homes are potentially affected by the redevelopment?
Subject to Planning permission being granted, four homes will be affected by the redevelopment proposals. These will be replaced with 16 newly built homes. Across the two sites we are seeking to add 10 new 2 bedroom houses, 2 new 3 bedroom houses, 2 new 2 bedroom flats and 2 new 1 bedroom flats.
When will a final decision be made?
Planning permission for Parkhurst Fields was granted on 23 September 2021 and can be viewed online under reference WAV/2021/0212. The planning application for Crossways Close has been submitted and will be heard by the Eastern Committee later this year.
When will I have to move out?
At this stage it is not possible to give an accurate estimate as redevelopment requires a relatively long lead-in period before demolition and construction works can take place. Work includes obtaining planning permission and procurement of a build contractor. We will always aim to keep our residents updated on progress and give as much notice as we can.
Will I be entitled to any compensation if I have to move?
You will be entitled to Home Loss and Disturbance payments when you move, subject to your rent/Council Tax being in credit and reasonable relocation costs. The Government determines the value of the Home Loss payment which is updated on 1 October each year. Disturbance payments are paid to tenants to cover the reasonable costs and expenses incurred as a result of moving out of your home.
More information on these payments will be given to tenants affected by our proposals.
How will you address the parking issues?
All new houses will have allocated parking within the boundary of their property or in a very close proximity to the property. Although there will be an increase in the number of vehicles on the estate, the number of off-street parking spaces will be significantly increased. Additional visitors’ parking spaces will be created.