Do You Want Tower Blocks In Epsom and Ewell?

Do you want tower blocks in Epsom and Ewell?

That’s the question being asked by College Ward Residents Association and they would like you to sign their ePetition by the 1st November. 

In May 2018 the Licensing and Planning Committee of the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council passed a motion that overruled the height and density limits in the Local Plan.

Subsequently we have seen two planning application that are higher than the 12m height restrictions and the 16m height restrictions within the town centre boundary.  One is for a 7 storey tower block at Station Approach, Stoneleigh  and the other is for a 13 storey block at West Street near Epsom station.

The other week the Licensing and Planning Committee also passed the Draft Epsom and Ewell Master Plan which details a possible future vision for Epsom and Ewell.  This can be seen by clicking this link

https://democracy.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=131&MId=885&Ver=4

Scroll down and select item 3.

As a response to the  May 2018 decision one RA decided to start up an ePetition.  This has to be signed by 1500 people living or working in the Borough by 1st November 2019.

On the EEBC website you can see the ePetition which is asking Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to hold a full Council Meeting debate to determine a definitive strategy for the Borough to adopt in order to meet Government’s house building targets whilst retaining control of planning matters in the Borough.

More details about the petition

The government’s housing target of 579 units per annum has placed Epsom and Ewell Borough Council in a very difficult position and has resulted in the EEBC Planning Department proposing to the Council’s Planning Committee to break their own guidelines as laid down in the Local Plan regarding planning regulations about height and density. This will cause much disruption and discontent which will only get worse as available sites for new developments diminish.

The building of eleven thousand new dwellings in the next fifteen years will change the nature of Epsom and Ewell for ever and in order to retain some control over the process, the Council must have a plan to achieve the target which is more acceptable to the residents than handing control over to the government which is the government’s default strategy if we do not fulfil the imposed number of dwellings each year or have more than a few planning proposals appeals upheld by Government. The Council meeting to discuss this should be advertised well in advance and decisions made should be accompanied by a public information campaign.

To sign the petition please go to 
https://democracy.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/mgEPetitionListDisplay.aspx?bcr=1

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO LIVE OR WORK IN THE BOROUGH BEFORE 1st NOVEMBER 2019. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO THEY VOTE FOR – THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT LOCAL ISSUE WHICH WILL AFFECT US ALL.

5 thoughts on “Do You Want Tower Blocks In Epsom and Ewell?”

  1. Stop building in Epsom ! It is ruining our town and devaluing the area in terms of its ruining it! There is no real selling point to epsom any more. Its becoming over crowded and over built! Theyl be no green areas left soon!

  2. We do not need tower blocks in Epsom and Ewell. It is supposed to be a market town. Much too much building going on in borough which Conservatuve Government insist we have to do.

  3. Definitely don’t need anymore building. In my area there have been 2 large blocks of flats built the Hollymore lane development and 5 house built where 17 garages used to be. There’s no parking anymore my road is overrun with other people parking in the road so residents can’t park near their homes. I was turned down for a driveway.
    Despicable over development in one small area and I believe another development is scheduled near Blenheim school

  4. Though understanding the need for accommodation, developments need to be in keeping with the rest of the town , if we go too high precedent set and then there will be more and more. Personally would prefer 2-3 bed room houses ,shared ownership with preference given to local residents . I would ban any new properties with 4 or more bedrooms. I would also look at density of population across borough and look to shoe horn new builds in area less densely packed.

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