A planning application has been submitted for the re-development of Ellice Road car park, Oxted. It is now available for residents to view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/Planning.
The application is for a car park with 300 spaces, including disabled parking provision, mother and child spaces and charging points for electric cars. The car park has been designed to fit in with the surrounding area and will have two additional decks. This will allow for an increase in business permits which will help keep local businesses in the town, which is critical in supporting a vibrant town centre.
The car park will have a timber clad structure and landscape architects have prepared a detailed scheme to enhance the appearance. The car park will be modern, secure and safe, incorporating a lift and new toilets.
The plans have been drawn up following significant consultation, including two events for residents on nearby roads. On 22 January, 70 residents met with architects, engineers and surveyors to go through early designs and look at ways to minimise the impact of the re-development on the surrounding area. Draft plans have also been available to view at www.regenoxted.co.uk.
As a result, the plans have been redrawn to make a number of adjustments:
- The proposed structure has been repositioned on the site to move it further away from existing houses.
- The area of the second deck has been reduced.
- The car park will have wooden slats to give a softer and more natural appearance.
- There will be more landscaping around the car park perimeter including bushes and small trees.
- Adjustments have been put in place to minimise light emissions.
Additionally, the Council will apply to Surrey County Council to make Amy and Beatrice Road one way to ease traffic congestion and to restrict parking on Amy Road.
Consultation letters will be sent to adjoining home owners to Ellice Road car park shortly. A decision about the planning application is expected in April. If the planning application is approved, work is expected to begin in June and the re-development will be completed by December.
While the Council owns Ellice Road car park and has submitted the planning application, it is in its capacity as the planning authority that the application will be considered and subject to the same criteria as any other planning application received.
While the works are taking place, the Council Offices car park will be available to residents and visitors and a park and ride scheme will operate for council staff and others. In addition, Surrey County Council has agreed in principle to some minor temporary amendments to parking restrictions on some local roads. This will provide additional on-street parking in safe locations while the work takes place.
The delivery of additional visitor and business 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 to take the views of local residents into account to make sure the planning application for the Ellice Road car park re-development delivers the additional capacity we need, while fitting in with the local area. Providing additional parking for our town is vital to retain the businesses and visitors to help it stay vibrant and economically thrive. The plans are available for everyone to view online and I would encourage residents to do so.”
To view the planning application, visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/Planning and search for planning application reference 2018/350.
More information on the project is available to view at www.regenoxted.co.uk