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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

As with any other local neighbourhood, the policies and actions which affect the character and future of Lower Sunbury are generally framed and implemented by a combination of local and national government, along with the vested interests and market forces which operate within those frameworks. Lower Sunbury is by no means unique in being under threat from a creaking infrastructure brought about by rapid urban development, the growth of traffic, and other pressures affecting the quality of life and the character of the area.

Working with the local authorities, we see it as the responsibility of residents’ and amenity groups such as LOSRA to address the underlying issues which fundamentally affect their members’ lives, as well as the minutiae of everyday life with which such groups are often concerned.

Please sign up to receive our regular e-bulletins by subscribing via the facility at the top left hand of this page. It goes without saying that, without your continued support we would cease to function so we urge you to join, or renew your membership now Subscriptions (£5 per household) for 2023 are now payable.

Whilst not in the catchment area of our Association, residents may be interested to read a proposal for the installation of a licensed transfer station for asbestos waste at 111 Windmill Road. Details may be viewed by visiting: http://my.spelthorne.gov.uk/planning/ and quoting reference number 12/01265. The full application should be read carefully before deciding whether or not to comment. The closing date for representations in 2nd November 2012.

Diesel Park WestSunbury Cricket Club has already welcomed some artists with notable backgrounds in the music business during their series of Music Nights, and the next presentation on Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm maintains that sequence in no uncertain terms as the Club presents Diesel Park West, who enjoyed significant success during their time with EMI during the ‘90s, including chart singles and albums.

Led by the highly individual creative power of John Butler, Diesel Park West remain a respected force in the indie rock scene, retaining their roots in the West Coast rock sounds of the ‘60s while continuing to evolve their music over a series of highly-rated albums. Influenced by seminal California bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and Moby Grape, their music is always accessible and entertaining without ever being too “safe”, so there is no doubt that this will be an exciting evening.

For their latest album they re-unite with Chris Kimsey, who has produced the Rolling Stones, The Who and The Sex Pistols, and who produced their debut album some 20 years ago. This gig is promoted by Brett Todd, who has brought us Protect The Beat, Buddy Whittington and Barnes Blues Band, and we are pleased to announce another high quality event. The Club is punching well above its weight in bringing an act of this stature to Sunbury, so this is certainly one to put in the diary. Don’t miss it. For further details and to join the Music Night mailing list contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Info, music & video at www.dieselparkwest.com

The Sunbury & Shepperton Arts Association is delighted to announce the 2012/13 season of Coffee Concerts at the Riverside Arts Centre.

The first concert on 17 November features the popular local pianist, Ingrid Attwater. In February we welcome Joseph Tong who gives a piano recital of music by Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Schubert. In March the talented Mirage Trio bring us music for flute, viola and harp and in April a welcome return by baritone, Stephen Willis, and guitarist Steve Christmas, who will present a selection of songs from the Renaissance to the present day.

Tickets for these recitals are £7.50 each and include coffee and croissant and tickets may be booked by phoning the box office on 01932 782788. Full details of the events may be viewed by clicking here.

Friday, 19 October 2012 16:48

Police College - Public Inquiry Concluded

After a gruelling 4 days for all concerned, the Public Inquiry into Linden Homes' application to build 44 houses on the Police College site concluded today.

The residents' case turned on the unacceptable levels of planning harm that would flow from seeking to maximise (as opposed to optimise) the development potential of the Appeal Site and can be summarised as follows:

  • The Appeal Scheme proposed fails to provide any open space for children's play area and fails to mitigate the harm that this would cause.
  • The Appeal Scheme would have a significant adverse impact on adjacent residential amenity in terms of the overbearing bulk and proximity of the proposed built form.
  • The Appeal Scheme's density in terms of dwellings per hectare has led to a built form that is inappropriate for the area in which the Appeal Site is situated.
  • The Appeal Scheme's proposed access onto Green Street is incompatible with the operation of the local transport infrastructure, namely the Triangle.
  • The Appeal Scheme falls materially short of making appropriate provision for off-street parking.

 The QC for the Appellants, Linden Homes, declared that "We have spent some time on the fall back position (44 units as opposed to 28 already approved by Planning Committee). As the site is in the ownership of a house builder, the principle of residential development is accepted and a planning permission has recently been granted for 28 units, the likelihood of re-use for a [residential training facility] recedes. However, as [a witness] observed, until this appeal is determined and the recent planning permission remains unchallenged by judicial review we cannot be sure. It would not be the first planning permission issued against officer advice which has been challenged by disaffected interest groups or residents (The Police College Development Action Group do not have the monopoly on local opinion)."

LOSRA has been advised that, in the absence of a challenge by judicial review in the High Court, Linden Homes intend to proceed with the 28 unit plan and, as indicated by the QC's statement, the reasons for appealing the refusal of the 44 unit was simply a precaution against any individual applying for a JR of the 28 unit plan already approved. We hope to be advised of the outcome in the New Year.

Police College Public Inquiry - Appeal for FundsDear Resident,

Earlier this week, Spelthorne Council and Linden Homes reached an agreement in principle regarding a Section 106 financial contribution to the Council, in lieu of the lack of affordable housing in the 28-unit plan for the Police College site.

We welcome this agreement, and in particular we welcome Linden Homes’ stated desire to implement the 28-unit plan without delay.

However, as we warned several weeks ago, this agreement in principle has come too late for Linden Homes to withdraw their Appeal on the 44-unit scheme, the public enquiry for which starts next Tuesday, 16 October.

As a result, we are now committed to incur legal costs to fight this Appeal. We have already retained a specialist planning barrister, and we want him to represent us at the appeal hearing which is due to last four days. If we do not put up a robust defence of the Council’s original decision to refuse the 44-unit application, we run the risk that there could be two approved plans for the Police College site, and the 44-unit plan could be built after all – an outcome which no-one wants. It is imperative that we persuade the Planning Inspector that the 44-unit plan should be rejected again on Appeal.

We, the PCDAG Steering Group, have already put our hands in our pockets to provide money to pay for the barrister to date. Now, however, we need more financial support than we can manage ourselves. We regret that we are therefore forced into asking for contributions, no matter how small, towards paying these costs, but really have no alternative.

If you would like to contribute, please forward a cheque, indicating that it is for the Linden Homes Appeal, made out to LOSRA, (Lower Sunbury Residents Association), to:

Mrs Colleen Cuthbert, The Secretary, LOSRA, 8 Maryland Way, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 6HR

All contributions and expenditure will, of course, be fully and publicly accounted for. Any eventual surplus will be used by LOSRA to fight further inappropriate development proposals in the area.

Regretfully yours,


The following message to Residents' Associations has been received from Spelthorne Council Leader Cllr Frank Ayers. We are pleased to reproduce it here:

Spelthorne Council is presently asking for views on its emerging priorities. This consultation was launched at the Spelthorne Assembly and is available electronically on the Council’s website at www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/3516/Council-priorities-consultation

A pdf of the consultation is attached

It would be very helpful if you could pass on the questionnaire to your members for their views which we would value greatly. The deadline is 20 October.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Councillor Frank Ayers - Leader of the Council

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