Council opens consultation on development of Epsom town centre site
The council is asking for views on the development of Upper High Street, Depot Road and Church Street in Epsom.
Earlier this year, Epsom and Ewell Council consulted the public on possible options for the area, which helped to shape a draft development brief setting out the preferred approach for its redevelopment.
Between now and Friday, July 13, the council is running a consultation on the brief.
Upper High Street, Depot Road and Church Street were identified as "land suitable for development" by the council in April last year as part of its Plan E - Plan Epsom Town Centre Area Action Plan.
The plan envisages the site could be developed for a range of uses, including a food store, new housing and improved public parking.
Councillor Julie Morris, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the council, welcomed the second consultation and outlined the considerations she felt the development must take into account.
She said: "There must be a small food store or single retail outlet fronting Upper High Street which must be next to the existing buildings and not opposite residential dwellings.
"There must be no 'through road' between Church Street and Upper High Street and there must be no multi-storey car parks.
"The outlet fronting Upper High Street must be a key attraction, because it's the only way more people will be encouraged to use Upper High Street.
"The site must not have any appeal as a short-cut to drivers.
"People don't tend to like multi-storey car parks and they are not suitable in this location because of existing residential development on the borders of the site."
Campaign group Friends of The Parade gathered 452 signatures last month for a petition to stop further high-density housing developments in the town centre.
The group, supported by town councillor Ian Booker, said it wanted development proposals for the Upper High Street, Depot Road and Church Street site to be considered in light of its objections.
Coun Booker has urged those supporting the petition to contribute to the new consultation.
The final development brief for the site will be published by the council later this year.
The consultation is open until 5pm on Friday July 13. To take part visit http://epsom-ewell-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/
Copies of the consultation paper are also available at the town hall and from Epsom Library in the Ebbisham Centre.
You can also email your comments to LDF@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or send them by post to: Planning Policy, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BY.