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This multi-million pound project will see the Council develop its car parks to provide additional parking capacity for shoppers, visitors and businesses. This follows a review of parking in Oxted which shows the town centre doesn’t have enough spaces for residents and shoppers and that enforcement needs to be improved.

Ellice Road car park

Feedback from consultation undertaken in May showed a strong desire for additional parking and on 9 November 2017, the Council’s Resources Committee took the decision to develop a planning application to add additional decks to the car park on Ellice Road to create additional capacity.

We appointed architects and other professionals including a highways consultant to develop the detailed designs for the planning application. The Council consulted with residents adjacent to Ellice Road car park in December 2017 on the initial conceptual designs, and were consulted again in January 2018 on the detailed designs. The Council provided an update on the parking project at the January drop-in session.

A planning application has now been submitted, and a decision is expected in April 2018. To view the application, visit the website and search for planning application number 2018/350. 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 summer of 2018. The estimated length of build is approximately 6 months. Under this indicative timetable, the additional parking provision will be available by winter 2018/19. Work will be undertaken to reduce this timescale if possible.

Johnsdale car park

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 in January 2018, 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.

Illustrative view of Ellice Road car park

Illustrative view of Ellice Road car park

Illustrative view of Ellice Road car park entrance from Amy Road

Illustrative view of Ellice Road car park entrance from Amy Road