Main Contractor: Polaris Passivhaus C+C Limited
Architect: In House
Civil & Structural Engineer: TBC
M&E Engineer: TBC
Energy Consultant: TBC
Passivhaus Consultant: Polaris Passivhaus C+C Limited
Passivhaus Certifier: TBC
M&E Sub-Contractor: TBC
Airtightness Tester: TBC
Airtightness Product: TBC
External Wall Insulation System: TBC
Windows & Doors: TBC
Passivhaus Certification: Targeting "Standard"
Renewables: None utilised
Embodied Carbon Analysis: TBC (via PHRibbon)
The Planning Application was formally APPROVED by the Local Authority, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, on 6th August 2021. It is still live on their Planning Portal logged under reference 21/01133/F. It is available by clicking on the action button to the right. Next steps now include sourcing funding and working up final detailed design ahead of onsite delivery with our sister company Polaris Passivhaus Consult + Construct.
Files coming soon.
This was our launching development that aimed to fully establish our brand and test our business model in a live environment.
What were the proposals?
The proposals included the needed re-development of the site known as Downside located in Chipstead, Surrey. Ultimately, it consisted of creating the first biophilic designed, Passivhaus certified, 3 bedroom dwelling in the local area. The scheme included an extensive soft landscaping and forest reinstatement programme that provided the needed visual improvements to the surrounding areas.
Innovation, energy efficiency, considerably reduced environmental impact and biodiversity enhancement to the surroundings were the key delivery drivers for this project.
What were the constraints at planning?
Metropolitan Green Belt - The aim of the Metropolitan Green Belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open. It is a fundamental tool used in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and all Local Planning Authorities must account for Green Belt policy and requirements in the development of their Local Development Plans. We believe it is a truly fantastic piece of planning law that has assisted in preventing urban sprawl. However, Downside was defined as previously developed land within this zone. The intention was to really open up the site by designing and building a unique, unimposing structure that complimented and blended into its surroundings.
Tree Preservation Orders (TPO's) - There are still two beautiful Beech Trees that had (and still have) TPO's in place. It was always our objective to fully protect them and we guaranteed to do everything in our power to improve their surroundings and foundations ensuring that they survived and thrived during and post completion of the project.
What was 'Downside'?
According to our research, Downside was once in use by a law firm based in London. In 1959, they received planning approval for a change of use application from storage to storage and habitable space for potential tenants who were waiting on new property purchases. Since this date we are unable to find any other historical records, plans or photos.
What was 'The Storage Bunker'?
Based on the construction methods used, the bunker appears to be post World War II. We believe it may have been used as a storage unit / toilet facility for the car garage that used to be on site where Tepestede Court was placed.
View from Chestnut Court
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