Revised plans for Ellice Road car park approved
Last night’s Planning Committee approved the new Ellice Road car park design. The application can be viewed at www.tandridge.gov.uk/planning (Application Ref 2018/1489). The application will now be considered at Council on 11 October, after which the costings will be finalised and considered by the Finance Committee.
The main change to the new design is the building will no longer have side ramps, making it less bulky. This will improve the appearance of the whole car park and allow for a larger area of landscaping between the car park and properties on Ellice Road, to give better screening. The car park will have 297 spaces, three less than the original design.
The other key amendment is that a one-way system around Amy, Ellice and Beatrice Roads is no longer included as part of the application.
Construction is expected to start in January 2019. This date was agreed to ensure the existing car park would be open in the run up to Christmas 2018 and the new car park would be ready for Christmas 2019, with all construction complete by September or October 2019, weather permitting.
Plans are being put in place to ensure shoppers and businesses will still be able to gain easy access to the town while the work takes place. These include:
- Opening the Council Offices car park to shoppers and visitors, with the first hour of parking free and a maximum stay of three hours.
- Subject to planning permission, creating a park and ride scheme from The Grasshopper Inn for council staff and others to free up the Council Offices car park and local spaces.
- Subject to planning permission, using Oxted School to provide a temporary car park for business permit holders.
- Surrey County Council agreeing in principle to some minor temporary amendments to parking restrictions on local roads to provide additional on-street 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 work takes place.
Additional parking for the town is central 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: “The provision of additional parking is vital to the regeneration programme planned for Oxted and will help support our existing businesses and attract new ones. We have worked hard to limit the impact the car park will have on residents in neighbouring properties. We have detailed plans to make sure shoppers can access the town while the works take place and we will work closely with local businesses to provide support during the construction period.”
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