Planning Application MO/2018/0004 - Creation of a Visitor Centre and Car Parking for the Centenary Wood, Langley Vale
A substantial detailed application has been submitted to Mole Valley District Council (being one of three Councils affected by these proposals) to construct a large Visitor Centre and Car Parking facilities for cars and coaches on the busy junction of Headley Road and Downs Road.
When this was first mooted the Residents' Association submitted strong objections to the siting of these facilities recognising the nature of the busy junction and the likelihood of visitor traffic returning to the A24 and M25 via Ashtead's streets. We have been disappointed that the Woodlands Trust has not taken into account the concerns previously drawn to their attention, and of proposals made to alleviate the situation by moving the car park entrance to Downs Road so there was a clear alternative route to the A24 through Epsom along wider and more direct roads.
Proposals now submitted include proposals for the routing of construction traffic away from the site along Farm Lane and into Park Lane exiting onto the A24. Mole Valley Council have carried out the minimum of advertising of the proposals and we understand very few, if any, residents in the affected roads (Farm Lane and Park Lane) have been formally advised. See map.
We urge residents, not only from those affected roads, to object in the strongest terms to the proposed route for the traffic. In addition, it would do no harm at all to press for the site of the Centre to be reconsidered. Siting it where it is proposed will lead to car and coach traffic exiting via Ashtead's residential roads, possibly ignoring any signage and taking the route past the busy crossroads at Rookery Hill to the sharp narrow bend. Everyone knows that SatNavs are slavishly followed despite clear road signs. The other route would potentially take cars and coaches to Dene Road, again to the sharp bend impassable to coaches.
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Planning Appeal submitted for Site Address: 80a, 86 & 88 Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, Surrey,KT21 2BS
Planning Reference: MO/2016/1934
Appeal reference: APP/C3620/W/17/3187875
The Residents' Association has written to the Inspector emphasising its original objections to this Application which was dismissed comprehensively by Development Control Committee of MVDC. Residents who wish to object can submit their comments directly to the Inspector using the following link:-
The letters from residents who objected to the original Application will be forwarded to the Inspector, but such is the strength of feeling, residents may feel they too wish to emphasise their original objections by writing again using the above link. It is more effective to write individually rather than one letter from a Group (though avoiding pro forma.)
To see the comments now sent by the Residents' Association, click on this link.
The Standing Committee’s guiding principles when considering planning applications are:
- We review and comment only after a planning application appears on the MVDC running list.
- We do not canvass residents’ opinions as this has the potential to involve us in disputes between neighbours.
- We avoid placing ourselves in a position that requires conflict management or sets up an expectation that we will favour one resident's view against that of another. We leave those issues to the Case Officers and Councillors.
- If residents have concerns they can raise them directly with us and we will take their views into account – but not necessarily follow their direction.
- We comment solely on aspects covered by planning policy.