The decision on Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s application to redevelop The Wells Centre has been deferred, following a virtual Planning Committee meeting held on 9 July 2020.
“We have noted the committee’s decision and feedback from the meeting,” said Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Committee and representing the council as the applicant.
“The application provided a vision for much needed additional housing, a new playground, a new purpose built community centre, as well as affording protection to public rights of way, so there are specific elements of the scheme which we are still keen to pursue. We will now reconsider the overall design, taking on board feedback from the committee and community.”
Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chairman of the Planning Committee, said:
“I am grateful to all of the members of the public who joined the virtual committee meeting. Even in the midst of the pandemic, we have shown that the democratic process is alive and well.
“Our borough needs to balance the provision of new homes and community facilities with maintaining its unique character. It is our duty to objectively consider all opportunities put before us and ensure that developments coming forward keep this delicate balance in mind.”
66 members of the public watched the virtual committee meeting online, or listened in by telephone, and there were five public speakers