Planning approved for 26 new retirement apartments in Oxted

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After a successful planning appeal, Churchill Retirement Living has been granted planning permission to build 26 brand new retirement apartments in the heart of Oxted. 

The new development on Church Lane will be perfectly located just a short walk from the shops and amenities of the town centre, with excellent public transport links.

In the appeal decision notice, the Government’s Planning Inspector concluded that “the proposed building and landscaping would be in-keeping with, and positively contribute to, the character and appearance of the area” and that “there would be no unacceptable increase in on-street parking pressures or unacceptable harm to highway safety as a result of the proposal.”

The new privately-owned apartments will provide attractive, high quality, secure and self-contained accommodation in landscaped grounds. As with all Churchill Retirement Living developments, Owners will have the benefits of a communal Owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite, a Lodge Manager, and a 24 hour emergency call alarm service.

Stuart Goodwill, Managing Director of Churchill Retirement Living’s in-house Planning consultancy, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped towards achieving this very positive result. There is a compelling overall housing need in Oxted and the surrounding area, especially for older people, and our site is in a perfect location for a new development of this kind. Retirement housing is the most effective way of generating local economic growth, local jobs, and increasing high street spend as we look to recover from the pandemic. It will help improve the health and wellbeing of those who live there, and allowing older people to downsize will also help free up more homes for families and younger people in the local area.”

  • Delivery of new retirement apartments will meet existing and future need in the area and will provide these key benefits:
  • Allows older people to downsize and free up under occupied houses in the local area for families
  • Provides older people with safety, security and companionship
  • Each person living in a retirement property typically experiences reduced health risks, contributing to fiscal savings to local NHS and social care services of c.£3,500 per person per year.
  • Benefits the ‘basket shopping economy’ as its central location encourages residents to shop locally
  • Provides an attractive, bespoke building which complements the existing streetscape
  • Reduces the need to travel by car, due to proximity to local facilities

For more information on the development, please call 0800 458 1857 or visit

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