Planning application is for 24 homes in Hurst Green

By Kevin Black in Planning

Following Tandridge District Council’s public consultation about plans for the development of some of the land at Boulthurst Way in Hurst Green, the plans have now been revised after considering the comments made, and an outline planning application has been submitted.

The application sets out the provision of:

24 homes: 18 affordable one and two bedroom flats and two-bedroom homes for those with a local connection and 6 four or five-bedroom homes for sale at market rates.

Two access points via Boulthurst Way and Pollards Wood Road, with no through traffic.

A pedestrian footpath to local shops and the station.

An improved play area with existing woodland and open space kept – 65% of the site will remain undeveloped.

The changes made, which are reflected in the outline planning application, include:

The access from Testers Close has been altered so it retains its feel as a cul-de-sac.

The western edge of the area to be developed where it abuts the open space has been redesigned.

The Council’s preference is that the affordable housing be shared ownership.

Proposed tree planting and landscaping has been adjusted to ensure the area available to play football in the open space is maximised, and that landscaping is kept low level in front of existing houses overlooking the open space to retain the view.

The drainage of the whole area will be reviewed and access to the play area improved to ensure it can be reached easily all year round.

The play area itself will be enhanced with additional equipment, to reflect what local residents would like to see there.

A woodland management plan will be put in place to include thinning out of trees. Improvements will be made to make the woodland more accessible including the installation of a boardwalk.

Minimal use will be made of Boulthurst Way for construction traffic, with most traffic and all heavy goods vehicles to access via Pollards Wood Road.

Sufficient parking spaces will be provided to meet the expected need.

The outline planning application, no. 2017/1723, Land at Boulthurst Way, can be viewed on the Council’s website at www.tandridge.gov.uk and comments on it are invited for the next 21 days. Please note the outline planning application looks at the principle of the development including the building of up to 24 residential dwellings together with vehicular access and associated car parking and landscaping. All other detailed matters including the design of the houses will be considered at a later stage.

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