• Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    Welcome to the LOSRA Website

    The Lower Sunbury Residents' Association Read More
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    We invite anybody interested in the issues facing Lower Sunbury to subscribe Read More
  • View Our Newletters

    View Our Newletters

    You can find all the recent LOSRA Newsletter available to download Read More
  • LOSRA's Aims

    LOSRA's Aims

    To optimise and enhance the quality of life for Lower Sunbury residents by all appropriate means Read More
  • Sunbury As It Was

    Sunbury As It Was

    Visit the LOSRA Gallery for images past and Present Read More
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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 2019 are now payable.

Shepperton Players present "Arsenic & Old Lace" October 11/12/13 at 8pm.

A black comedy by Joseph Kesselring. Made famous by the Cary Grant film, this is a darkly comic of the most murderous family in America.

Riverside Arts Centre, 59 Thames Street.

Box office 07505 206 757 or sheppertonplayers.org.uk



Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:28

Parks and Open Spaces - Winter Closing Times

From 1 October our parks and open spaces closing times are changing for the winter.

They are now as follows:

Opening time: 7.30am

Closing time: 6pm

These times will remain the same until 1 April 2019.

You may have seen recently from local news  that a proposed route has been chosen for the aviation fuel pipeline which runs through parts of Surrey. You are invited to give your views at the next phase of a statutory consultation which has been launched, the details of which can be found on the following website: www.slpproject.co.uk

There is a number of exhibition events coming up in the next few weeks; in particular there’s one in Ashford on Saturday 13th October 2018 at the Salvation Army Woodthorpe Rd TW15 3JY from 11am to 5pm.

Local residents and landowners are welcome to come along and have their say on this project or perhaps you may wish to write on the web site www.slpproject.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or respond by post to: FREEPOST SLP PROJECT. The consultation closes on Friday 19th October 2018.

The Friends of St Mary's (F.o.S.M.), are pleased to  present the popular Barfield Handbell Ringers, who come together  from a wide area covering Surrey and Hants., to perform a varied programme over  5½ octaves of bells, 3 octaves of hand chimes and other instruments. 

Don't miss this opportunity to see and hear their unique sound while helping us to raise funds for our current Restoration projects!

Tickets £10 on the door or £9 pre-booked  and  for F.o.S.M. Members on 01932 785807or 01932 785035.

We look forward to seeing you there. 7.00pm. on October 6th 2018 St Mary's Church, Church Street, Sunbury-on-ThamesTW16 6RG

(Further information on our website: www.fosmsunbury.org.uk or see: www.barfield.org.uk)

It is highly regrettable that advice of this application (dated 2.08.18) was not made known to local residents and no public notice had been posted on the front of the building (a requirement which should have beem met by the applicant). A number of residents discovered simply by word of mouth. Nevertheless, we are where we are and time is now very limited as representations must be submitted by 19.09.18. This said, we are aware that late submissions will be considered provided they are received before determination.

Whilst LoSRA will be opposing this application, it is essential that all interested parties make their views known, no matter how briefly, by going to: Spelthorne Planning Applications Online, and search for Dart House. Application 18/01186/FUL.

Click here to view the application

The grounds on which our opposition is being formulated will include the following:

Adequacy of Parking/Loading/Turning

LOSRA understands that, in accordance with the Supplementary Planning Document 2011 on parking standards, a development of this size outside a town centre should include provisions for at least 12 off-street parking spaces. This proposal shows six underground parking bays, accessible via a lift/turntable system from street level. This is clearly woefully inadequate and non-compliant with planning guidance. Options for on-street parking simply don’t exist in this locality.

Design, Appearance and Materials

Whilst the architectural sketches make selected reference to the existing street scene, and the potential reuse of original brickwork, the concept design clearly demonstrates a desire to introduce modern features to the building façade including: 

  • Anodised aluminium window frames, panels and dormer cheeks
  • Obscure anodised aluminium panelling
  • Rendered diagonal recessing
  • Shuttered ( presumably metallic) garage doors
  • LOSRA believes that these architectural features would be totally incongruous with the surrounding street scene, and the adjoining properties.

Effect on Conservation Areas

The Lower Sunbury Conservation Area is a special feature of our village, and is dear to the hearts of our residents. This site is the first riverside architectural feature on the western aspect of the Conservation Area and therefore defines the character and appearance which LOSRA endeavour to preserve. Furthermore, with the site being situated on the bank of the river Thames, and adjacent to Flower Pot Green, it is part of a vista that has been celebrated in photographs and painting (Daphne Clements amongst others). Accordingly, we believe the site must be protected from this type of development, and that the proposal to demolish the building in these circumstances  is wholly inappropriate for the Conservation Area.

Effect on Listed Buildings

Unsurprisingly, due to its prominent location within the Conservation Area, this site is adjacent to a cluster of listed buildings, including The Flower Pot Pub, Northolt, Thames Cottage and Riverside House. The site is also in the immediate vicinity of the grade II listed St Mary’s Church, The Old Vicarage, Old Manor Farm Cottage and Sunbury Nursing Lodge.

Policy EN5 (f) requires “development proposals for any sites affecting the setting of a listed building to have special regard to the need to preserve its setting.”  The appearance of the proposed building will destroy the current visual balance of the approach into Sunbury from the West: it has no relationship to the Flower Pot or any of the other buildings in the street, let alone as part of the framing for a view of the church. The proposed design is both highly obtrusive and out of character and harmony within the conservation setting.

Highway safety

This property is directly alongside a busy roundabout, where unfortunately there have been a large number of accidents, including a recent pedestrian fatality. LOSRA encourage both the County Highways Authority and the Planning Officer to consider the proposal very carefully. LOSRA believe that the proposed development is both impractical and unsafe.

Layout and density of buildings

The development plans present a much larger building than the existing property, both in terms of footprint and the height. LOSRA believes this constitutes a substantial overdevelopment of the site that would significantly increase the density of buildings within that corner of the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.

Overbearing & Overshadowing

Policy EN1 (b) requires that the building “achieves a satisfactory relationship to adjoining properties avoiding significant harmful impact in terms of loss of privacy, daylight or sunlight, or overbearing effect due to bulk and proximity of outlook.”

This proposal represents a drastic increase of both the footprint and the height of the building. We believe that this would have a negative impact on the relationship with adjoining properties. We also submit that, given the site location and orientation relative to Flower Pot Green, the building would have a harmful impact on the amount of sunlight reaching important designated common land within the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.

Previous planning decisions

A pertinent comment on a previous proposal for developing the site, made by the Council’s (then) Listed Buildings and Conservation Officer: “We have particular concern about the starkness of the proposed building and in particular the modern designed roof…” The sentiment is every bit as valid in respect of the proposed development.

We are at pains to point out that our Association is not necessarily opposed to the development of this site; but what is proposed in this application represents an over-development in scale which is completely out of sympathy with the street scene and out of character in the Lower Sunbury Conservation Area.

The following email has been received from Spelthorne Council and we are pleased to reproduce it here:

Amazing support for Princess Alice Hospice – 200 signed up, extra tickets still available.

The response to our appeal for fun runners to support Princess Alice Hospice via this great family event has been terrific, with our allocation of places being snapped up well in advance.

The good news is that anyone still wishing to join the fun won’t miss out; tickets are still available direct from the organisers.

All we ask is for any extra entrants to consider getting sponsored for Princess Alice Hospice.

Glow In The Park is the ultimate night-time neon event – a 5k fun run for families and friends. You can dance, jog, walk and run through 6 “Glow Zones” including Foam Zone, UV Paint Blast and Time Tunnel. This is the first such event at the Sunbury racecourse.

For more details of this unmissable experience and a link to the organisers’ site, visit https://www.pah.org.uk/events/ category/runs/ and click on Glow In The Park.

If you’d like to make an impact and run in one of our distinctive tee-shirts, you can pick one up beforehand; just contact  Supporter Care – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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