Council rejects latest plans for Travis Perkins Walton site

Published:  05 March, 2012

ELMBRIDGE: At a public meeting in Esher last week, Elmbridge Borough Council's north area planning sub-committee rejected the latest plans to redevelop the former Dairy Crest site in Walton.

Travis Perkins (Properties) planned demolish the existing buildings at 57-61 High Street and build a new retail showroom, with 14 homes above.

The company also planned to demolish the disused former milk depot to the rear of the property and construct a new storage/distribution unit.

A planning statement from Blue Sky Planning, the agent for the application, said: "We consider that the proposed development represents the sustainable development of the application site in terms of making the best use of the site for a suitable mixed use development, retaining and providing commercial uses whilst expanding residential, in a well-designed form which meets transport, accessibility and infrastructure requirements."

14 households objected to the proposals raising concerns over the design, scale and density of the development, as well as parking provision and impact on traffic.

The council also received a petition with 60 signatures, raising concern in regards to parking provision and vehicular access onto High Street.

The sub-committee refused planning permission because the development would represent an over-development of the site, with the storage/distribution unit an overly dominant feature, out of character and out of sympathy with the surrounding residential homes.

It also decided that the amount of parking provided for the storage/distribution unit was insufficient, leading to conflict between staff, customers and residents in neighbouring streets.

In September 2009, meanwhile, Travis Perkins and Paragon Community Housing Group were given permission on appeal to build a trade counter with nine flats above on the site, as well as a terrace of five houses to the rear.

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