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July 17, 2008

Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee in a packed meeting last night unanimously voted to recommend to Development Control to refuse planning permission to erect a retirement home at the corner of Upper Brighton Road and Langley Avenue.

The proposal ( the third from them to date) is to demolish three houses, Cumbrae, Oakdene and 1 Langley Avenue, and to build a V-shaped building on their site plus  a substantial portion of the garden of 3 Langley Avenue to accommodate  64 residents in an ‘assisted living’ scheme. Unlike earlier applications, this new building would not front Langley Avenue, but residents of the south side of Croylands Drive will be even more affected than before by having a whole wing running close to their back garden fences. The planned building will also have a smaller footprint than its predecessors but, as the chair of Southborough Residents, Mrs. Susan Buller, pointed out, this will mean an even higher building density than previous applications.

Paul, Nick and Janet all spoke in favour of the recommendation to ask DC Committee to refuse planning permission.

The application will be determined at the Development Control meeting on 23rd July at 7.30 at the Guildhall in Kingston.

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