March 2021: PROGRESS
Lockdown has inevitably delayed progress, but we continue to work with MVDC to agree the details of the lease and implications of restoring the Grade II* listed interior.
We will be requiring a restoration survey to fully understand the sequence of works needed to begin to open Pippbrook House, so that we are able to balance the needs of opening the house for use with the needs of historic restoration guidelines.
September 2020: FINAL HURDLE
Following the unfortunate hiatus caused by Covid-19, we began re-engaging with MVDC officers in July and August. We have presented our plans to the relevant Cabinet group, and our detailed proposal has finally been recommended to for approval; and we have now been given a final decision date by the Cabinet of 16th Sept.
With a fair wind, this will hopefully see CHiP and its partner RJK sign the long-term lease contract for Pippbrook House in early 2021, with Phase 1 of commercial opening later in the year.
September 2020: GREAT NEWS!
Following the MVDC Scrutiny Committee meeting, the council's Cabinet arrived at a final decision on the evening of 16th Sept to PROCEED WITH granting a long-term lease contract for Pippbrook House to CHiP and its development and operations partner, RJK.
This will hopefully see us sign the long-term lease contract for Pippbrook House in early 2021, with Phase 1 of commercial opening later in 2021.
Since June 2019 we continued to make great progress with MVDC and RJK to discuss, plan and negotiate the most appropriate business terms for Pippbrook House.
Covid-19 has created a hiatus, and understandably, MVDC has more pressing matters to attend to. CHiP continues to be confident about developing and opening the house as a community hub.
We will keep everyone up to date over the coming months.
WE'RE A COMMUNITY INTEREST COMPANY WITH A PLAN
We use business solutions to achieve public good
CHiP CIC is a community interest company for Mole Valley, set up to organise and raise funds to acquire Pippbrook House and to make possible its running for use by the local community.
There is a proven local enthusiasm for the potential uses of the house and confidence in the potential to make this community-focused project financially viable and sustainable.
PIPPFEST & PIPPBROOK HOUSE
We held the 5th PippFest in 2019 and over 2,000 attendees demonstrated the local level of love and support for Pippbrook House.
We want to socialise the idea of using Pippbrook House to encourage and incubate entrepreneurs in our community – a hub that brings people together to interact with local businesses, artists, wellbeing practitioners – and to learn from each other…
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