High Court throws out bid to block Brighton Road Sutton car park demolition

Sutton Guardian: The Brighton Road car park The Brighton Road car park

A top judge has thrown out a bid to stop a town centre car park being converted into office space.

Sutton Council granted planning permission for Sutton-based engineering company Subsea7 to convert the Brighton Road car park into an office block to house a new project office.

Sutton Guardian: SubSea 7's plans for new offices in the Brighton Road car park

Plans for what Subsea7's new Brighton Road office could look like

But Sutton-based property developer Centro, which rents out commercial space around the town centre, attempted to prevent to development from taking place by taking the council's decision to grant planning permission to a judicial review.

During the judicial review a High Court judge looked at the processes by which planning permission had been granted to see if there were any flaws.

The judge did not find any such flaws and rejected the review while demanding Centro pays all the legal costs.

Councillor Jayne McCoy, chairwoman of the council's housing, economy and business committee, said: "The High Court’s decision vindicates our planning process.

"We now we have the green light to work with Subsea7 to ensure Sutton benefits from a major investment, new jobs and other economic opportunities.

"If Sutton’s economy is to compete with other London boroughs then we must do all we can to encourage employers to invest in our borough."

The ruling means Subsea7 can go ahead with its plans to house 780 jobs in the new development.

Just over 300 of those jobs will be relocated from the firm's existing base in Quadrant House near Sutton train station, but around 400 will come to Sutton from other parts of the business.

The council's decision to sell the car park to Subsea7 has been criticised as has the decision to take the car park out of use while the judicial review was pending on the grounds it places pressure on other car parks and cost more than £40,000 to secure the car park while it was closed.

Coun Tony Shields said: "The scheme for more jobs is sound but the loss of the car park is a serious handicap for future investment.

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Coun Shields at the Brighton Road car park

"The council should have helped Subsea7 with locating another suitable site.

"Now even B&Q is providing parking for office workers but very soon town centre capacity will be overcome by the sheer number of vehicles.

"Sutton has made a fundamental error in refusing to ensure future parking requirement is met.

"Still, under the Lib Dems the situation will only be used as an excuse to raise parking charges again and again.

"Trust the Lib Dems to botch what could and should have been a much better scenario for all."


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11:09am Wed 29 Jan 14

AlexTB says...

I have already seen a digger working on the site.
I have already seen a digger working on the site. AlexTB

8:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Michael Pantlin says...

AlexTB wrote:
I have already seen a digger working on the site.
I'm not surprised. LibDem policy is when you are in a hole keep digging.
[quote][p][bold]AlexTB[/bold] wrote: I have already seen a digger working on the site.[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised. LibDem policy is when you are in a hole keep digging. Michael Pantlin

11:07pm Wed 29 Jan 14

ResidentTony says...

You would hardly expect the Tory councillor to say *hats off* to the Lib Dems for replacing a little used car park with a swanky new office building and attracting a net increase of 400 (780 minus just over 300) professional posts to the town. I, however, do.
You would hardly expect the Tory councillor to say *hats off* to the Lib Dems for replacing a little used car park with a swanky new office building and attracting a net increase of 400 (780 minus just over 300) professional posts to the town. I, however, do. ResidentTony

4:04pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Paul Scully says...

Resident Tony. The HQ for Subsea is a fantastic boon for Sutton, as you say developing hundreds of professional jobs largely through graduate recruitment.

However I would take issue with the fact that the car park was hardly used. When I went there last autumn it was nearly full. Have a look at the unlicensed car park that has sprung up on the Sutherland House site and the cars parked in the empty site between Nine Sutton Court Road and the Police Station and you will see some of the displaced cars. Residents in Belmont have seen an increase in parking as people park near the smaller stations for their commute. There is a parking issue which Sutton Council needs to recognise.

Now the judicial review is complete, it will be good to see building start and the expense to the taxpayer of securing the site end.
Resident Tony. The HQ for Subsea is a fantastic boon for Sutton, as you say developing hundreds of professional jobs largely through graduate recruitment. However I would take issue with the fact that the car park was hardly used. When I went there last autumn it was nearly full. Have a look at the unlicensed car park that has sprung up on the Sutherland House site and the cars parked in the empty site between Nine Sutton Court Road and the Police Station and you will see some of the displaced cars. Residents in Belmont have seen an increase in parking as people park near the smaller stations for their commute. There is a parking issue which Sutton Council needs to recognise. Now the judicial review is complete, it will be good to see building start and the expense to the taxpayer of securing the site end. Paul Scully

6:33pm Thu 30 Jan 14

ResidentRuth says...

Great news that more jobs are coming to Sutton, but where are all these extra people going to park? The British Rail car park is full by 8.15am making it a nightmare for commuters or anyone catching an early train and the car park at Sutherland House is full by 8.30am so there is obviously a demand. There are a lot of commuters working and living in Sutton and we don't want to lose these people if Sutton is not commuter-friendly.
Great news that more jobs are coming to Sutton, but where are all these extra people going to park? The British Rail car park is full by 8.15am making it a nightmare for commuters or anyone catching an early train and the car park at Sutherland House is full by 8.30am so there is obviously a demand. There are a lot of commuters working and living in Sutton and we don't want to lose these people if Sutton is not commuter-friendly. ResidentRuth

11:28am Fri 31 Jan 14

AlexTB says...

ResidentRuth wrote:
Great news that more jobs are coming to Sutton, but where are all these extra people going to park? The British Rail car park is full by 8.15am making it a nightmare for commuters or anyone catching an early train and the car park at Sutherland House is full by 8.30am so there is obviously a demand. There are a lot of commuters working and living in Sutton and we don't want to lose these people if Sutton is not commuter-friendly.
Subsea 7 have said that the new building will have staff parking spaces.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentRuth[/bold] wrote: Great news that more jobs are coming to Sutton, but where are all these extra people going to park? The British Rail car park is full by 8.15am making it a nightmare for commuters or anyone catching an early train and the car park at Sutherland House is full by 8.30am so there is obviously a demand. There are a lot of commuters working and living in Sutton and we don't want to lose these people if Sutton is not commuter-friendly.[/p][/quote]Subsea 7 have said that the new building will have staff parking spaces. AlexTB

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