This is the seventh of nine reports on the BIG PLANS for Epsom and Ewell proposed in the DRAFT LOCAL PLAN that is out for public consultation till 17th March. We do not intend to state any support or opposition but may ask some questions.
This 8.3 hectare sports pitches and open space is earmarked for residential development with the following justifications:
- At least 350 net zero carbon dwellings
- Building heights up to 6 storeys
- New local retail provision at ground floor
- The re-provision of the playing pitches at Hook Road Arena
The site will contribute towards meeting the need for housing in the borough and ancillary community infrastructure.
The site has well defined boundaries and lies adjacent to existing residential areas and adjoining Ewell East railway station, creating a suitable context for residential development and lowering the risk of adverse landscape impacts. The site is also in relatively close proximity to local services and facilities and to bus and rail transport connections. Vehicular access can be achieved without detriment to the character of the local area.
When will the site be developed?
It expected that a planning application will be submitted in the middle of the plan period with development likely to start by 2031 once new sports pitches have been provided.
Planning officers note:
Development proposals must identify ways of improving pedestrian access to Ewell East Station and maximise the linkages between the site and surrounding area, and provide opportunities for walking and cycling.
The design of development would need to minimise impacts on Priest Hill Nature Reserve (Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) located on the Southern Boundary of the site.
Part of the site to the east along Cheam Road is within Flood Zone 3. Any development proposal will need to take this into account.
The development proposal will need to work with the topography of the site to ensure that visual impacts of development are minimised
Infrastructure requirements include:
Provision of new retail unit(s) to provide convenience retail to meet local needs.
The loss of playing pitches will require reprovision at the Hook Road Arena site (Policy SA9). The developer will be expected to re-provide the playing pitches off site prior to development commencing to ensure that the scheme is acceptable in planning terms.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Draft Local Plan. Details how to submit your views.
The BIG plans for Epsom and Ewell – reports on Hook Road Car Park and SGN site plan.
Local Plan battle heating up? and other related reports.