Epsom Hospital Demolition Works – Latest

Demolition works continue and the scaffolding of the tall chimney is now complete ready for the top half of the chimney to be removed by hand. This work will start on 11 June.


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Langley Bottom Farm – Further Planning Application

Homes by Harlequin developers have submitted a further planning application for an additional detached house on the left-hand side of the farm track to Langley Bottom Farm separate from the housing estate permitted on appeal.

They are claiming that the footings of a long gone building constitute ‘Previously Developed Land’ and that impact on the Green Belt be minimal on land that they consider makes little contribution to the purposes for having Green Belt as defined in the National Planning Policy Framework. 

Details can be found here

WERS will be submitting a robust objection to this application on the grounds that it would have a significant impact on openness of this area of Green Belt and would seriously undermine the case for retention of the rest of this Green Belt area.  WERS will also be arguing that the site should be excluded from the definition of Previously Developed Land (which enables re-development even in the Green Belt) because this does not include circumstances where ‘the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape.’   WERS would argue that this is the case here. The photos below leave little doubt about this. 

It would be helpful if as many of you as possible also submitted individual objections.   We will be seeking to have the application ‘called in’ which means it will be determined by the Planning Committee in the circumstances of it being recommended for planning permission by Officers under their delegated powers.

The proposed site of the additional 4 bedroom house


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Langley Bottom Farm -Latest

Demolition of Farm now speeding up. The first grain silo has been destroyed – but our whitethroats, stonechats and owl are hanging in there for now.


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WEST STREET EPSOM – CLOSURE

West Street is to be closed on Thursday 30 May 2024 for new signage to be put in place. Make sure you check your travel plans to avoid getting caught up in the delays.


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Langley Vale Wood Memorial Site Visitor Shelter – Drop-in Session to discuss the Woodland Trust’s plans

The Woodland Trust is hosting a drop-in evening to discuss the visitor shelter proposals at Langley Vale Wood on 30th May 2024 from 6-8pm at the Dell Centre, St Giles and St George Church, Park Lane, Ashtead.

All welcome. The plans can be found online here


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New Committee Roles for Your 3 Ward Councillors

Liz Frost – Chair Environment Committee; and Member of Health Liaison Committee

Bernice Froud – Vice Chair Community and Wellbeing Committee; Member of Health Liaison Committee; and Member Human Resources Panel

Steven McCormick – Chair Audit and Scrutiny Committee and Chair Planning Committee


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Appeal of Original Bucknills Close planning application

This is why the appeal should be rejected

We have now learned that the developer is appealing the refusal of the original application for 6 residential units at 6 Bucknills Close. 

W(E)RS have submitted a further objection to address the points made in the appellant’s Statement of Case and revised plans on the grounds that:

-the revised layout continues to fail to comply with the requirement of the SCC Design Guide that driveways should be widened to 4.1 metres where they also provide regular pedestrian access. 

We do not accept the alternative pedestrian link will reduce pedestrian movements along the access road;

-that previous applications have established this is an area of severe parking stress and we will be challenging robustly the contention that this proposal should be treated as an exception to the Councils Parking Standards SPD because there’s ample spare capacity for overspill parking in surrounding streets such as White Horse Drive; and

-the revised scheme layout fails to provide acceptable, safe and convenient refuse collection arrangements contrary to Paragraph 135f of the National Planning Policy Framework 2023, Policy CS1 and CS16 of Core Strategy 2007 and Policies DM9 and DM10 of the Development Management Policies 2015. It involves residents having to take their own bins to the Bin Collection Point on collection days. Residents should not be required to push/pull a number of full bins up to 86m – which is grossly in excess of the 6m drag distance set out in staff guidance for collection operatives and unacceptable from an accessibility and equalities point of view.

W(E)RS has a responsibility to represent the interests of both existing and future residents in proposed development schemes.


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Don’t miss your opportunity to bid for funding for your local community project

You have until 18 June 2024 to submit a bid for funding for a local community infrastructure project.

More details and the application form can be found here together with details of how projects are selected.


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80th Anniversary of D-Day Landings – Epsom’s Beacon Lighting – 6th June

Epsom’s beacon will be lit as part of the national chain to commemorate the 8Oth Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

7pm for entertainment and refreshments

9pm for Ceremony and Beacon lighting.

You can read about the national event at www.d-day80beacons.co.uk


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Bucknills Close – Revised Planning Application Refused Against Officer Advice

The revised application for 5 dwellings on this backland site between Whitehorse Drive and Bucknills Close was refused by the Planning Committee at its meeting last Thursday.

We had strongly endorsed the objections submitted by local residents and the owner of the local construction company at 13 Whitehorse Drive in our written objection. Councillor Frost also appeared at the Planning Committee to argue against the scheme and this was undoubtedly significant in persuading the Committee to refuse the planning application against officer advice.

The access arrangements were still wholly inadequate and the previous reason for refusal still stood with inadequate space available within the access road to safely accommodate both pedestrian and vehicular movements. In addition the revised arrangements for the refuse and recycling collection were not practical.

On these two points the application was therefore contrary to Policy CS16 of the Core Strategy 2007 and Policy DM,10, 16 and 36 of the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Development Management Policies 2015.
 


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