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 2017 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 was submitted in February 2018, and recommended for approval by the Planning Committee on Thursday 5 April. The meeting of Full Council on Thursday 19 April approved the planning application for the re-development. A report to the Strategy & Resources Committee on 14 June 2018 will recommend a new start date of January 2019 for the works, to allow some changes to the design and the direction of the one-way system to be considered. While this would mean a delay in the delivery of the additional parking capacity for businesses and shoppers, it would allow more time for the new options to be considered which will maximise the benefit for the town while minimising the impact on nearby residents.
To view the application, visit the website and search for planning application number 2018/350.
Temporary parking arrangements during re-development of Ellice Road car park
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.
The planned temporary amendments to parking restrictions on some local roads will not be put in place until work begins, 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.
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 has prepared a new planning application for a comprehensive residential redevelopment of both the gasholder and car park sites. St William carried out a consultation in March 2018, and the planning application is expected to be considered by the Planning Committee in June 2018.