Additional Parking Capacity Planned for Ellice Road Car Park

Feedback from consultation undertaken in May showed a strong desire for additional parking and on 9 November, the Council’s Resources Committee took the decision to develop a planning application to add two additional decks to the car park on Ellice Road and increase the capacity of the car park from 180 spaces to 362 spaces.

We will shortly be appointing architects and other professionals including a highways consultant to develop the detailed designs for the planning application. Once we have a first set of architectural drawings, we will invite residents adjacent to Ellice Road car park to a workshop with the design team so you can help them refine the plans and address concerns.

If a planning application is submitted by end of December 2017, a decision could be made by end of March 2018. The planning application process will give you another opportunity to make comments before the application is considered by the Council. If planning permission is granted, and depending on the amount of preparatory work which has been done, it should be possible to enter into the construction contract shortly after permission is granted, in which case, works could start in the late spring/early summer of 2018. The estimated length of build is 20 -25 weeks. Under this indicative timetable, the additional parking provision will be available by the end of 2018. Work will be undertaken to reduce this timescale if possible.

You can read the Committee Report in full, and view the architects initial plans for the car park, here. The report on Ellice Road and Johnsdale is agenda item 6, and begins on page 22.

Planning application received for gasholder re-development

The Council has received a planning application from developers St William for the re-development of the gasholder site in Oxted. It is now available for residents to view on the Council’s website.

The application is for 77 apartments, with landscaping and associated car parking. The proposed development consists of 12 x 1 bed, 51 x 2 bed and 14 x 3 bed apartments, with 105 car parking spaces, spread across two buildings at three to five storeys on this redundant brownfield site. The apartments will be accessed from the entrance opposite Boots on Station Road East.

The plans have been drawn up following two rounds of consultation with local residents. Initial feedback was sought during the RegenOxted Consultation in May, which was followed by a targeted consultation by St William, including exhibition events on 6 and 8 July. Full results of previous consultations are available to view with the planning application and new consultation letters will be sent to adjoining home owners to the gasholder site shortly.

A decision on the planning application is expected early in the New Year. If the scheme is approved, work to bring the gasholder down could begin in summer 2018.

Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of Tandridge District Council, said: “I am delighted the planning application for new homes for the gasholder site has been received. Not only does this development provide an attractive residential opportunity for local people, it will also achieve our long held objective of demolishing the Oxted gasholder. 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 and search for planning application reference 2017/2064.

More information on the project is available to view at www.oxtedgasholder.co.uk.

Plans to improve Oxted for shoppers and businesses another step closer

Last night’s Resources Committee agreed options for delivering more parking spaces for Oxted shoppers and businesses.

This is just one of the initiatives from the RegenOxted programme, an ambitious plan to revitalise the town centre through a multi-million pound public and privately funded programme, working with public and private sector partners including Tandridge District Council, Surrey County Council, the Oxted Business Improvement District and St William Property Developers which owns the gasholder site.

Apart from additional parking, the plans include:

  • Additional town centre housing on the brownfield gasholder site.
  • Support for the retail and evening economy.

  • Creating business start-up space. 

St William recently carried out a consultation about its plans for the gasholder site and is currently analysing the feedback. Initial results show respondents strongly felt the demolition of the gasholder would mark a significant improvement to the town centre.

More work to develop the different options for providing parking, which will include the sale of Johnsdale car park to fund the development of the Ellice Road car park, will now take place.

The Council is working with St William, with a view to selling Johnsdale car park to allow a housing scheme to be created across both sites, which would make better use of the space available. If a suitable financial agreement cannot be reached with St William, which ensures the best possible price for the land, the Council will bring forward its own plans to develop the site for housing.

Work on Ellice Road car park is likely to start in late spring or early summer 2018 and would take approximately nine months. To be able to provide parking for shoppers and permit holders during the works, the Council will look at making the car park at the Council Offices available to the public and make alternative arrangements for staff parking off-site.

Councillor Simon Ainsworth, Chairman of the Resources Committee, said: “RegenOxted is an ambitious programme, made up of a number of different projects, all of which have the same aim, which is to transform the town and make it a place people want to shop and do business.”

St William seeks views on plans for Oxted gasholder

St William Homes, owners of the gasholder site off Station Road East in Oxted, is holding two consultation events to display its detailed proposals to remove the gasholder and replace it with new homes and landscaping. 

All local residents and businesses can view proposals, talk to St William staff and give feedback at two drop in sessions:

  • Thursday 6 July, 4pm to 8pm at St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Oxted, RH8 9NB.
  • Saturday 8 July, 10am to 1pm in the Main Hall at Oxted School, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted, RH8 0AB.

If you are unable to attend either of the events, further information about the project will also be available from 6 July on www.oxtedgasholder.co.uk or by contacting info@oxtedgasholder.co.uk.

One week left to have your say on RegenOxted consultation

We're still really keen to hear residents, businesses and visitors views on the urban redesign project for Station Road East and West, as well initial designs for the gasholder redevelopment.

The exhibitions at the Council Offices, Oxted and Oxted library include initial designs and give information about the next steps for the provision of additional parking and business start-up and office space. All this information is also available at www.regenoxted.com

Don't forget to sign up for updates here 


RegenOxted consultation - 2 weeks to go!

You've still got 2 weeks to have your say on the exciting projects in Oxted town centre, including the urban redesign project and the gasholder's redevelopment.

You can give your feedback on the urban redesign project online by filling out this survey. To view St William's initial conceptual designs and give feedback, please visit the Gasholder page on this website.

Alternatively, you can visit the Council Offices  (Monday - Friday) or Oxted library  (Tuesday - Saturday) to see the exhibition, view the conceptual designs and complete feedback forms.

For more informtation, visit www.regenoxted.com

Don't forget to sign up for updates here


Jacqueline Gold visits the RegenOxted exhibition


We were delighted that Old Oxted resident and business owner Jacqueline Gold visited the Council Offices last week to offer her full support to the RegenOxted projects, including the urban redesign scheme and the gasholder's redevelopment. Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Fisher showed Jacqueline the conceptual drawings produced by urban design consultants Greer Pritchard and explained St William's initial proposals for the gasholder's redevelopment. 


The exhibition at the Council Offices and Oxted library will be open until Friday 23rd June where you can fill out feedback forms for the gasholder redevelopment and urban redesign project, as well as get updates on the parking review in Oxted. 

RegenOxted Launch Event


On Thursday 25th May, representatives from Tandridge District Council, Love Oxted BID, Surrey County Council and St William property developers launched the RegenOxted programme and consultation. More than 60 people came to see the proposals and designs, spoke to representatives and gave their feedback on the scheme.

There's still plenty of time to give your feedback on the urban redesign project and the gasholder redevelopment. You can also visit the exhibition at the Council Offices or Oxted library to view the displays and complete feedback forms.

The consultation for both projects will run until 23rd June. Your feedback will help inform the work on more detailed designs