Application for gasholder re-development to be submitted by September
The proposal for the new development for the gasholder site in Oxted was presented to councillors this evening by developers, St William. Achieving the removal of the gasholder is one of the Council’s key priorities. A planning application is now expected by the end of September and if the scheme is approved, work to bring the gasholder down will begin in summer 2018.
The development is likely to include 77 apartments, a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes which will be situated in two, five storey buildings on this redundant brownfield site. There will be 105 parking spaces for the new apartments and the site will benefit from quality landscaping. 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 from St William including exhibition events on 6 and 8 July.
In total, 172 residents attended the two events in July and 49 feedback forms were submitted. The comments covered a range of topics, with the majority expressing support for the site redevelopment. Full results of the consultation will be available to view shortly when the planning application is submitted. St William has been working closely with the Council to address all the feedback received and has held four pre-application meetings with planning officers.
Martin Fisher, Leader of Tandridge District Council, said: “I am delighted to see plans which will achieve the removal of the gasholder progressing and I have personally had a number of meetings with St William to drive this project forward. The proposals for the gasholder site will soon be available for residents to view and comment on when the planning application is submitted. If approved, the development which benefits from a central location and good transport links will provide an attractive residential opportunity for local people. The new development will also contribute significantly to the vibrancy of the town.”
More information on the project is available to view at www.oxtedgasholder.co.uk.