JLL oversees planning consent to add to the Wildernesse Estate in Sevenoaks

JLL has managed and overseen the extended planning consent process for leading retirement living developer PegasusLife, on the Wildernesse Estate in Sevenoaks, Kent.

April 09, 2019

JLL has managed and overseen the extended planning consent process for leading retirement living developer PegasusLife, on the Wildernesse Estate in Sevenoaks, Kent. The new planning consent for the additional new build element of ‘Wildernesse House’, will increase the planned density of the last phase of the development from 39 residential units to 53 residential units. The units will be arranged across five buildings ranging from 2- to 3-storeys.

JLL’s Project and Development Services (PDS) project managed the planning process for the final phase of the development, working with a strategic design team to develop proposals within an existing mass and form, ensuring that proposals were in keeping with the building’s history and its greenbelt setting.

Designed by Morris+Company, the ‘Wildernesse House’ project centres around the refurbished Grade II listed Georgian building – formerly known as Dorton House School – divided into 23 one- and two-bedroom apartments, and includes an onsite restaurant, gym, stretch studio, lap pool and treatment room. Alongside are eight two-bedroom mews houses in the newly built stable block.

Wayne Allison, residential director, Project Management at JLL, commented: "Understanding the historic context surrounding the Wildernesse Estate and the main house was a key aspect of this project. We embraced the challenge to shape the development proposals but all respectfully within the constraints of the site’s greenbelt setting.

Working closely with the team at PegasusLife, we have been able to deliver an aspirational and progressive retirement development, against a backdrop of increasing demand within the retirement living sector, and provide further demonstration of our ability to work effectively in this sector, and outside of London.”

Howard Phillips, chairman at PegasusLife, commented: “What it means to downsize and retire has changed, with sociable and active retirees looking for homes to reflect and support their busy modern lives. Wildernesse House and its facilities, from restaurant through to spa, is a desirable development and demonstrate the ability to create a modern home while keeping the tradition of a historic country estate.”

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