Future Options for Pippbrook House Progressing
Mole Valley District Council and Community Hub in Pippbrook have signed a Letter of Intent that formally provides the community group an opportunity to seek support to further develop a detailed and robust business plan for Pippbrook House.Having paused work on the masterplan for the East Dorking Regeneration site in late-summer 2018 following the submission of Community Hub in Pippbrook's (CHiP) initial proposal for Pippbrook House, Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) still maintains focus on the limited number of alternative financially viable options for the site identified by consultants earlier this year.
MVDC continues to work closer than ever to support the community group to help find a long-term and sustainable plan for the future of Pippbrook House. Signing the Letter of Intent represents a key milestone in CHiP's aspiration of establishing Pippbrook House as a self-sustaining community-owned asset for use by local, and wider, Mole Valley communities.
Jeff Zie from CHiP, said: "We're delighted to be working with MVDC to work out a pragmatic and sensible way to realise our vision of a vibrant hub for Dorking's community. Whether it's servicing the needs of the area's self-employed, start-ups, or a place for people to socialise, learn or help each other, we believe we can create a really valuable resource in this architecturally significant building. Work has just begun on a viability study, and this will be followed by additional detailed work to finance, redevelop and open up Pippbrook House, and we are confident that we can build and deliver a robust business case to realise the project."
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategy and Assets, Councillor Charles Yarwood, said: "It has always been our ambition that Pippbrook House remain in community use, and we look forward to receiving regular updates from CHiP as they working towards progressing their plans for the building. Whilst being supportive wherever possible, it would be remiss of us not to review and continue to develop the alternative options brought to us by consultants. Should CHiP's business case for Pippbrook House not be sufficiently robust to integrate with plans for the wider site, we need to be prepared to move forward with alternative viable options alongside the development of the Local Plan."