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Chipstead Mews

Office S&M has recently submitted a scheme of four new-build mews houses on a backland site in Croydon for planning approval. 

These characterful homes reference the former use of the plot as a gravel pit with their flint plinth, and optimise the number of homes on this tight site. Meanwhile the upper floors step back, and are clad in corrugated fibre cement that alludes to the current use of the site as lock up garages.

The scheme leads from a communal courtyard to a short row of new houses that sit in between two existing terraces. These detatched homes have generous front and back gardens, and are carefully designed to ensure that they create no unacceptable overlooking of their neighbours, while providing ample daylight for the new dwellings.

Containing a one bed starter home, two three bed family units, and a two bed house, our scheme provides a variety of unit sizes, which create a stepped form across the site, to ensure that neighbours’ long views are unobstructed. This infill proposal builds on the small sites work we have done with Croydon Council, which features our projects within its Suburban Design Guide SPD2 policy document. 

‘Overall, the proposed development could provide an interesting and pleasant place to live for future occupiers.‘ 

Dean Gibson, Case Officer, Croydon Council


Location: Croydon, London
Project: Four new build houses
Client: Chipstead Garages Ltd
Planning Submitted: 2020


Landscape : Maude Pinet
Arboricultural: Ruskins
Daylight/Sunlight : T16 Design
Transport: TTP Consulting
Flood Risk: Herrington Consulting
SUDS: HDC Drainage
Fire: 3-FE