Housing is a national and a local priority, but building homes anywhere is always a challenge. Chelgate Local supports projects across the housing spectrum from large scale private development to regenerating town centres. Working with national housebuilders, leading housing associations and planning consultants, we have promoted new home schemes across London and the Home Counties, the South East, East Anglia and the East Midlands.
Our programmes run from targeted political engagement, through to full programmes of awareness, consultation, engagement and stakeholder mobilisation.
Some of our more recent projects include:
Neopost House, Romford, London Borough of Havering
Chelgate provided Galliard Homes with political and community engagement for a planning application for a development of 123 homes and a health centre in Romford, Havering. Located around the historic Neopost House building, the proposed development will provide three blocks with affordable housing through social rent and shared ownership, as well as green recreation space for families.
Chelgate led on the extensive community and political engagement for the site, generating positive resident feedback and working with local councillors to agree wider improvements to the local area.
West Hemel, Hertfordshire
This development of around 1,100 new homes promoted jointly between Barratt DWH and Taylor Wimpey was approved in late 2019. We assisted with the political engagement as the planning application came forward for consideration by the committee.
Scape Living, Guildford, Surrey
The proposed development was for around 400 student rooms and a block of 85 co-living rooms for non-students in the centre of Guildford. Chelgate assisted with local community and political engagement. Co-living is a new concept, providing flexible, communal housing for young people which they would not otherwise have access to. Locating it next to student accommodation, with people of a similar age, is a logical approach which has attracted significant interest. The project achieved consent in 2018.
Chelgate Local supported Taylor Wimpey North Thames with this application for 100 homes next to its existing development in this beautiful Hertfordshire town.
High Halstow, Kent
A development of 68 on the edge of High Halstow, a village on the Hoo Peninsular in Kent for Redrow South East. Chelgate assisted with detailed political and community engagement including comprehensive canvassing around the site and engagement with health and education. The project gained consent from Medway Council in 2018.
Victoria Road, Chelmsford, Essex
This project saw Chelgate Local support Bellway in its regeneration of the former Royal Mail sorting office into over 200 new apartments, commercial units, a pocket park and highway improvements in the heart of Chelmsford city.
Chelgate led on the successful political and community engagement for the scheme, liaising with councillors, residents and local businesses to refine and improve the proposals. The project was approved by the City Council in 2019.
Springfield Mill, Maidstone, Kent
The regeneration a former paper factory to create a residential oasis in the heart of the town. The Whatman paper factory, originally established some 300 years ago, once employed over 1,000 people: it is an integral part of the history of paper-making. Redrow South East proposed a development of around 200 homes very much in keeping with the history of the site and the existing Listed buildings. Chelgate assisted with political engagement and local community and stakeholder consultation for this historic site – we were a finalist in the Planning Project of the Year category of the PRCA public affairs awards in 2019.
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