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Church Lane - Permission Refused May 2009

Tandridge Council has now refused permission for this application

Re: Planning Application No: TA/2009/20 48A - 56 Church Lane. To object email/write in by 12th MARCH

We have received the following email from a concerned member of the Group regarding the above planning application for the demolition of 5 houses in Church Lane and erection of a care home. As she says, the planning notice for this has not been placed on the actual proposed site and there is only one notice to cover two roads (Church Lane and Station Approach), hence few people seem to have spotted it.

'I was hoping to spread the word about a new application to provide a Class2 care home comprising of 39 units (50 residents) at 48a-56 Church Lane with 10 parking spaces. So far very few people are aware of this and I feel residents should have a say should they feel strongly about the proposal.

It will be a three storey building rising to four storeys at one point and Martin Higgins from Heritage Conservation has commented in a letter to Tandridge District Council: 'It is important that Tandridge formulates some sort of vision for Oxted as this development is likely to lead to other equally large developments elsewhere. Without an overarching urban strategy this could be a disaster for the town.'

I have no objection to a Care Home, only to the size and look of the proposed building and have concerns for the safety of residents should it go ahead i.e. no pedestrian crossings, lack of pavement along Station Approach etc. I feel others may feel the same if they knew about it and hope this may be a way of notifying residents ( the planning application isn't even sited on the proposed land, it is outside the Total garage)'

More details and letters of objection are on the Council's web site through the online planning section click here. Type in 2009/20 in the application number box, then 'View Details', then 'View Application Documents' to read the letters.

You'll see the main grounds for objecting are that the proposed development has a modern stark design that is quite out of character with the community centre and the church; its size and bulk is too imposing on the street scene and too big for the site; it would intrude on the privacy of all properties opposite in Church Lane/ St Mary's Close; it has totally inadequate parking facilities; it brings with it serious road safety issues. (the proposed vehicle access is from Station Approach where there are already safety problems with the lack of adequate pavements)

Southern Water has written in to say the existing sewers couldn't cope with the new development and, as a result, there may be greater risk of flooding.

PLEASE EMAIL OBJECTION LETTERS ASAP BUT DEFINITELY BY 12th MARCH TO: or WRITE TO: Mr R Evans at Tandridge District Council, Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey, RH8 0BT.