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Tuesday, 07 August 2012 05:36

Residents Urged to Support Police College Development

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Since the Spelthorne Planning Committee refused the Linden Homes application for the Police College site in Green Street, the Police College Development Action Group (PCDAG) has had several meetings with Linden Homes about their development plans. These discussions have been most positive; and new plans have been drafted for the development of the site and have now been submitted to the local planning authority. To view plans, visit: http://my.spelthorne.gov.uk/planning/ and insert the reference 12/00995/FUL.

We believe this revised plan successfully addresses the concerns raised by local residents and the Planning Committee; and we are happy to endorse it as the best alternative available. The main advantages of the new plan are the reduced density (28 dwellings as opposed to 44 in the previous plan); the entrance/exit being moved to Thames Street from Green Street, thus alleviating the predicted traffic pressure on the Green Street/Church Street/Thames Street 'triangle'; and an increase in on-site parking provision from 1.8 spaces per unit to 2.4 - a figure more in keeping with average car ownership in Lower Sunbury.

In addition, the buildings at the centre of the site are further away from the Stile Path boundary as proposed in the previous plan and the Green Street frontage is further back from the street. In design terms, the siting of various buildings is more organic and less rectilinear; and the frontage of Thames Street with its corner building is a great improvement. LOSRA believes this to be the best alternative scheme but readers will be aware that Linden Homes has also appealed the Planning Committee's refusal of their previous application for 44 dwellings. If this revised plan for 28 homes is approved by Planning Committee, Linden Homes have undertaken to withdraw that appeal with savings for all, including us as local tax payers.

However, approval by Planning Committee cannot be taken for granted and you are urged to write to the Spelthorne Planning Unit to show your support by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 21st August.

Our thanks go to everyone who signed the petition outside Skinners on Saturday morning and gave their support for the 28-unit plan. If you have not yet had an opportunity to sign, you may do so when visiting the LOSRA stand at the Sunbury Regatta this Saturday or, alternatively you may do it online at: http://www.petitiononline.co.uk/petition/yes-in-our-backyard/4607

2 comments

  • Comment Link Tom Monday, 27 August 2012 10:00 posted by Tom

    don't you know, people in bigger houses have more right to privacy?

    I agree with this development though, but also with the Walton one - not much consistency in the opposition to the latter and not the former

  • Comment Link David Hughes Monday, 20 August 2012 19:06 posted by David Hughes

    Not all residents support this! While the properties towards the centre of the complex have been moved further away from Stile Path, down the far end of the site the opposite is true! The end numbers in Stile Path will have buildings both closer their property and higher!

    Everyone is being urged to support this, while at the same time being asked to 'save the view from the river' with regards to the stadium in Walton... What about our view from our homes? Does no-one care about us?? Our privacy and outlook is being swept under the table just because certain nearby residents suddenly want Linden Homes latest plan fully supported .. why is that i wonder???

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