Council planning committee to consider revised car park design

Tandridge District Council’s  revised application to make changes to its original Ellice Road car park design is being considered at the Planning Committee at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 4.

The application can be viewed at www.tandridge.gov.uk/planning (Application Ref 2018/1489).

The main change is that the building will no longer have side ramps, making it less bulky. This will improve the appearance of the whole car park and allow for a larger area of landscaping between the car park and properties on Ellice Road, to give better screening. The car park will have 297 spaces, three less than in the original design.

The other key amendment is that a one-way system around Amy, Ellice and Beatrice Roads is not included as part of the application. Having listened to residents’ concerns and subsequent discussions with transport consultants and Surrey Highways, the Council has agreed to keep the two-way access on these roads for twelve months.

After this, if there is too much traffic on these residential roads, a one-way system will be reconsidered. The application also takes on board advice from acoustic consultants.

The car park will provide 38% more spaces than currently available with 145 spaces for permit holders and 152 spaces for shoppers. The business community has made it clear lack of parking in the town is preventing existing businesses expanding and new ones from moving in. There are over 50 people on the waiting list for permits. The Council is in ongoing discussions with a number of local businesses to ensure future demand is met.

If the planning application is approved construction will start in January 2019. This date was agreed to ensure the existing car park would be open in the run up to Christmas 2018 and the new car park would be ready for Christmas 2019, with all construction complete by either September or October 2019, weather permitting.

Plans are being put in place to ensure shoppers and businesses are still able to gain easy access to the town while the work takes place. These include:

· Opening the Council Offices car park to shoppers and visitors, with the first hour of parking free and a maximum stay of three hours.
· Subject to planning permission, creating a park and ride scheme from The Grasshopper Inn for council staff and others to free up the Council Offices car park and local spaces.
· Subject to planning permission, using Oxted School to provide a temporary car park for business permit holders.
· Surrey County Council agreeing in principle to some minor temporary amendments to parking restrictions on local roads to provide additional on-street parking.

The Council will support the Love Oxted Business Improvement District by publicising a We’re Open For Business initiative to encourage local people to continue to support the shops and businesses in Oxted while the building work takes place.

Additional parking for the town is key to the RegenOxted programme, which will also realise the removal of the gasholder, an Urban Redesign project and a hub to encourage the start-up and growth of local businesses.

Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of Tandridge District Council, said: “We have worked hard to ensure the planning application for the Ellice Road car park redevelopment reduces the impact on residents and businesses and takes on board their concerns while delivering the additional capacity which is vital to the prosperity of the town. The plans are available for everyone to view online and I would encourage residents to do so.”

All council meetings are available to view live by visiting www.tandridge.gov.uk/webcast and meetings can be downloaded and viewed for up to six months.

To keep up with to date about the RegenOxted project, please sign up for e-mail updates by visiting www.tandridge.gov.uk

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