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Surbiton Hill Councillors demand residents are fully consulted on plans to build 250 Homes on Surbiton Station Carpark
Surbiton Hill councillors, Nick Kilby, Paul Johnston and Janet Bowen-Hitchens, have been informed that Bewley Homes and Network Rail are drawing up plans to redevelop the station carpark in Surbiton.
Councillors first heard the rumour from a local retailer, and then asked the neighbourhood planning officer if the rumour was true and were informed that discussions have been taking place. They have now heard that secret consultation meetings have taken place with rail users but none are planned by the Developers beyond the consultation legally required.
The ward councillors are now so concerned that the developers, Bewley homes and Network Rail are not going to ask residents opinions until the statutory consultation period, that they have written this weekend letters to all residents, with questionnaires, asking residents to tell them what information they would like from developers. In addition they have set up an information page on their ward blog and undertaken to ensure residents are kept informed and represented.
Councillor Nick Kilby commented “It is extremely disappointing that such a large scheme will not be using accepted best practices for community consultation. Therefore, as ward councillors, we have decided to set up an information service.”
As councillors we cannot and will not declare our own views until the time when the proposals come to the Surbiton neighbourhood but as ward councillors it would be remiss of us not to make sure residents are briefed properly. The developers should give everyone the opportunity to consider the implications of their plans. Residents’ voices should be heard before plans are submitted, their concerns should be addressed before this is heard by the Neighbourhood planning committee and finally the Development Control committee at The Guildhall.
We will keep residents posted and will raise the issues they have with the developers in the months to come. In the meantime with Cllrs Paul Johnston and Janet Bowen-Hitchin, we have written to both Network Rail and Bewley Homes asking them to meet us and to undertake full consultation of residents in South Bank, Glenbuck, Arlington roads and the whole of the Oak Hill area before submitting any plans formally to the Council.”
15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2008 7:35 pm

    I did say ‘on the whole’ – and the original designs for Surbiton Plaza would have completely dwarfed the cottages in Cottage Grove. This was something, as on so much else, on which Kevin Davis and I are of one mind.

  2. Bridget permalink
    September 13, 2008 11:43 pm

    I totally agree with Paul. Most of the new “landmark” (CNM words) buildings are totally out of keeping with the Victorian street scene. RED LION is going to appeal. Time for people to get invloved at the public inquiry otherwise CNM will win again and be allowed to knock down another true landmark (pictures of the pub in the Guildhall and the first trolley bus stop)and build an outrageous dense concrete block of 50 flats plus 10 houses where one bungalow stands plus a pub and shops (6 shops are now empty, do we need more!

  3. September 14, 2008 2:59 pm

    I agree with you about the Red Lion and said as much at Neighbourhood.

    People who want to have their voices heard at the Public Enquiry, by the way, shouldn’t assume that their objections already voiced to RBK will be carried forward automatically. They need to write separately to The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. stating objections again, in planning terms. I believe the advice is to send three copies of the letter.

    Anyone who has difficulties finding the address, let us know.

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