Green light for new homes on site of former Redhill Odeon cinema

The site of a historic former Odeon cinema in Redhill, Surrey, is to see the construction of over 100 new flats after the borough council granted planning permission for the scheme.

Interdisciplinary property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper is providing architectural and mechanical, electrical and civil engineering services and structural/civil engineering for the scheme, on behalf of owners Rainier Developments.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council approved planning permission earlier this month.

The seven-story development, opposite Redhill station and shopping centre, will include a total of 133 apartments for rent for the local commuter market including 15 “affordable” apartments.

The development will also include new landscaped public areas to enhance the entrance area in front of Redhill station.

Mark Leeson, director of design, McBains Cooper, said: “The planning process on this site has been long and complex, involving the proposal to demolish the locally listed front façade of the former art deco cinema. The development of our revised proposals for this site revolved around the notion that the site was capable of delivering more housing for Redhill than had previously been consented, a key thrust of the Government’s planning framework.

“The approach was to focus on developing a high quality design, to demonstrate that the benefits of regeneration and bringing this long derelict key central site in Redhill, outweighed the loss of the locally listed façade. Working closely with the rest of the team, a robust case was put forwards ultimately supported by officers and approved by the planning committee last week.

“Public consultation undertaken during the process proved that the local community supported the proposals, and agreed that this will be a welcome contribution to help meet local housing needs.

“Construction is expected to start later this year and the first flats on the market by 2019.”

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