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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.”