Important news re traffic restrictions for construction and other vehicles.
Langley Vale Wood is owned and cared for by the Woodland Trust. In 2019, we were granted planning permission by Mole Valley District Council to create a car park on site to ensure that the wood is accessible to as many people as possible.
Since we acquired the site in 2014, we’ve been working hard to create a haven for people and wildlife. We’ve had some great successes with over 30 butterfly species now found on site, an increase in rare and notable arable plant species and breeding bird species including barn owls and skylarks, to name a few. However, up until now the site has only been accessible to local residents or people who can walk the distance from the car parks at Epsom Downs. With the new car park, we hope to welcome people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access and enjoy the site.
The car park will be located off Headley Road and situated in the field that lies between Headley Road and Downs Road/Langley Vale Road.
Build work is scheduled to begin on site on 13 December. All traffic to the site is required to use the agreed Derby route and should not pass through Ashtead village.
(If residents observe construction vehicles NOT using the Derby route and coming down Park Lane or Farm Lane please contact the Residents' Association and we will bring this up with the Woodland Trust.)
We anticipate the build will take 3-4 months, depending on the weather and we have applied for two road closures to allow us to undertake this work. The first is a 2-way stop-go light on Headley Road for the first 10 days, which we hope will be granted for the week commencing 13 December 2021, and the second is a full closure of Headley Road in the final four weeks of the work. We are awaiting confirmation of exact dates of closures.
As you may be aware, we have already cleared an area of hedgerow on Headley Road in preparation for the construction works. The area cleared was dictated by Surrey Highways to allow for safe entry and exit from the car park for visitors. The car park will be constructed on previously farmed land that does not support species of conservation value. The adjacent ancient shaws will be protected and the car park will be landscaped in keeping with the wider landscape and will include planting of native tree species, a wildflower meadow and areas set aside for natural regeneration.
When completed, the car park will have space for 70 vehicles including 6 accessible bays, 10 cycle stands, 2 coach bays and 14 electric charging points. The car park will be open from dawn to dusk each day and locked outside of these hours. There will be a charge to visitors to use the car park, and this charge will be in line with other parking facilities in the area. Revenue generated from the parking charges will go towards looking after Langley Vale Wood and its wildlife.
We hope that this answers any questions you might have about the car park works, but if you do have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The Woodland Trust also offers a number of resources for local councils and communities, including policy guidance, free trees for schools and community groups, and citizen science projects. We are proud to be supporting the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, to plant a tree for the 2022 Jubilee. If any of these are of interest, please do not hesitate to contact us.