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Green light for new riverside development in Leatherhead
18th June 2019

A key development that will form the centrepiece of a new riverside quarter in the Surrey town of Leatherhead has been approved by planners.

Broadway Malyan secured outline planning permission for the redevelopment of two partially vacant office buildings and a public car park into a vibrant mixed use scheme providing 35 new homes – including nine affordable - with a ground floor café and community space.

The proposals for the Claire House and James House site are part of Mole Valley District Council’s (MVDC) wider ‘Transform Leatherhead’ initiative that also includes significant investment in the town’s public realm and main shopping centre.

Aerial view of Claire and James House in leatherhead, set to be redeveloped by Broadway Malyan

Annette Whymark, from Broadway Malyan, said the aim of the development was to create a new gateway into the town that was sensitive to its historic setting while reinstating the relationship between the town centre and the riverside.

Broadway Malyan was first appointed in 2015 to create a new masterplan for Leatherhead with a view to helping develop a strategy that would improve the visibility of the town and make it a more attractive destination for visitors.

“The Claire House and James House scheme is the first major architectural intervention in MVDC’s long term regeneration strategy and will bring to life an important and underused brownfield site that will refocus the town towards one of its most important assets, the River Mole.”

Public realm around the redeveloped Claire and James House in Leatherhead, which has been designed by Broadway Malyan

The south-facing site is bounded by a green corridor along the River Mole and is in close proximity to a Conservation Area and a number of historic structures including the listed 18th century town bridge and the 15th century Running Horse public house.

The building design, which were supported by Historic England and MVDC’s conservation officer, references a contemporary wharf vernacular with expressed gables, steep pitched roofs and a varied brick palette with asymmetric projecting balconies that weave the development into the town’s existing urban fabric.

The proposals also include enhancements to the public realm around the development that include improved public car parking, children’s play spaces and new riverside heritage interpretation, all designed to encourage greater footfall to the town’s historic riverside.

Site plan of the Claire and James House development in Leatherhead, which has been designed by Broadway Malyan

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