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Re-development plan for Ellice Road car park, Oxted approved

Last night's full Council meeting (19 April) approved the planning application for the re-development of the Ellice Road car park in Oxted. Work is expected to begin in June and be completed by the end of the year.

The application was amended following the Planning Committee on Thursday 5 April when a decision to remove four more spaces to create additional landscaping to screen the car park from properties in Amy Road was upheld.

The application is for a car park with 300 spaces, including disabled parking provision, parent and child spaces and charging points for electric cars. The car park will be modern, secure and safe, incorporating a lift and new toilets.

While the work is taking place, arrangements are being put in place to create alternative parking for visitors and businesses. Space will be provided for existing town centre permit holders and council staff will move out of the car park at the Council Offices to allow it to be used by visitors. The first hour of parking will be free with a maximum stay of three hours.

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.

  • Parking on Gresham Road and Station Approach will be restricted to two hours between 8.30am and 6pm, on certain days.
  • The waiting restriction times on Granville Road, Wheeler Avenue, Peter Avenue, Park Road, Detillens Lane, Rockfield Road and Uvedale Road, will change to make it easier for local people to park and shop.

All these changes are expected to take effect in June and the existing restrictions will be reinstated once the new Ellice Road car park is open. Further details of the changes and a map are available to view at www.tandridge.gov.uk/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 works take place.

The delivery of additional visitor and business parking for the town is key to the RegenOxted programme, which will also lead to the removal of the gasholder, and Urban Redesign project and a hub to encourage the start-up and growth of local businesses.

Planning application for the re-development of Ellice Road car park, Oxted recommended for approval

The planning application for the re-development of the Ellice Road car park in Oxted was recommended for approval by the Planning Committee on Thursday 5 April.

The application will now be taken to the full Council meeting on 19 April for the Council as a whole to decide whether to grant planning permission. If it is approved work is expected to begin in June and be completed by the end of the year.

There was one amendment imposed on the application, which was to remove four more spaces to create more landscaping to screen the car park from properties in Amy Road.

The application is for a car park with 300 spaces, including disabled parking provision, parent and child spaces and charging points for electric cars. To view the planning application, visit www.tandridge.gov.uk and search for planning application reference 2018/350.

While the Council owns Ellice Road car park and has submitted the planning application, it is in our capacity as the planning authority that the application will be considered and subject to the same criteria as any other planning application received.

Planning Committee to consider application for re-development of Ellice Road

The planning application for the re-development of the Ellice Road car park in Oxted will be considered at the Planning Committee on 5 April. To view the agenda for the Planning Committee please visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/elliceroad.

 The application is for a car park with 300 spaces, including disabled parking provision, mother and child spaces and charging points for electric cars. To view the planning application, visit www.tandridge.gov.uk and search for planning application reference 2018/350.

 If the planning application is agreed by the Planning Committee, it will need to be sent to the full Council meeting on 20 April for the Council as a whole to decide whether to grant planning permission. If it is approved work is expected to begin in June and be completed by the end of the year.

 While Tandridge District Council owns Ellice Road car park and has submitted the planning application, it is in the Council’s capacity as the planning authority that the application will be considered and subject to the same criteria as any other planning application received.                                                                                                    

The delivery of additional visitor and business parking for the town is key to the RegenOxted programme, which will also lead to the removal of the gasholder, an Urban Redesign project and a hub to encourage the start-up and growth of local businesses.

Planning application received for Ellice Road car park re-development

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

Council agrees to sell Johnsdale car park in Oxted to St William

The Council has exchanged contracts to sell Johnsdale car park in Oxted to developer St William, subject to conditions. Following St William securing planning consent to provide homes on the adjacent gasholder site earlier this month, St William is now in the process of preparing a new planning application for a comprehensive residential redevelopment of both the gasholder and car park sites. St William is expected to carry out a consultation in late February/early March, with a planning application expected to be submitted afterwards.

The Council took independent advice to ensure the £750,000 sale offered value for money. It will also provide greater opportunity for a more coherent and cohesive housing scheme and meet the Council’s objective of enhancing the town centre.

Johnsdale car park has 37 spaces for business permit holders who also have access to Ellice Road car park, in Oxted. Following the introduction of ticketless parking last year, there is space to accommodate the business permit holders there.

The Council will shortly submit a planning application to create two additional decks at Ellice Road car park, which means in the longer term there will be more parking provision for residents, visitors and local businesses.

The redevelopment of the gasholder site and providing additional parking in Ellice Road are part of the RegenOxted programme, an ambitious plan to revitalise the town, which also includes an Urban Redesign for Station Road East and West and the delivery of a business hub to support and grow local businesses. 

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.

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.”