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
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
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.