Does this look familiar? This is being developed by the same people who built the flats on the Grotto Pub site.
There are two outline applications (2018/0905 and 2018/0907) for detached five-storey building containing 22 flats with associated parking, cycle and bin stores following demolition of existing building (for access, appearance, layout and scale).
The proposal is for 22 flats – 12 one bedroom and 10 two-bedroom – on five stories. Elmbridge has a lack of smaller properties. Nine of the proposed flats will be for affordable housing but there will not be any social housing.
Unlike the previous site, where there was no parking, this development has sixteen parking places for twenty two flats. Elmbridge planning policy is for a minimum of 22 parking places for such a development. The key planning point here is DM7 b(i) of the borough’s development management plan.
Surrey, the highway authority, gives a green light in their report to the proposal and deems it to be in a sustainable location.
Design and amenity
This is often a matter of judgment. According to the borough development management plan proposals should preserve or enhance the character of the area, taking account of design guidance detailed in the Design and Character SPD (section 3.1 on Springfield Lane area), with particular regard to the following attributes: appearance; scale, mass, height, levels and topography; and, the prevailing pattern of built development.
Buildings are categorised for their impact on climate change with six levels – six being the best and and one the worst. The borough’s policy is for new building to be a minimum of level three and building of this size being level four. but any new building should ideally be six. This proposed building is level three which is below the borough’s planning standard as mentioned in the Core Strategy CS27 on page 82.
This is often overlooked in larger developments and this proposal seems to be no exception. In their report environmental services says the bins site is too small. If you look at the picture above the bins will be located on the green rectangle near the front gate.
Cycle storage is at the rear of the property and contains space for 22 tightly packed cycles. The storage is not secure so insurance is is unlikely to be available.
Community Infrastructure Levy
This development will produce a tax of £155,000 for the provision of new infrastructure in Elmbridge.
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Make your comments on this planning application by the end of May here and here.