Plan for almost 40 new homes in Bookham

Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser

A PLAN for 38 new homes in Bookham has been submitted following an earlier failed scheme

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: April 27, 2016

DEVELOPMENT: The plot to the rear of Photo Me is set to be developed REGM20160419F-001_C

The new plan requires demolishing existing buildings behind Photo Me on the Bookham industrial estate and building a mixture of terraced, semi-detached and detached houses and flats.

This approved scheme is a revised plan, following the refusal of permission and a dismissed appeal for an earlier proposal comprising of 52 houses and flats at the site.

The recent appeal was dismissed on February 1. Mole Valley district councillors rejected the initial scheme due to its affect on the character and appearance of the area and on the living conditions of neighbours, who would have been overlooked.

The inspector at the time was also concerned that there would be issues with access.

The revised scheme has addressed the concerns by reducing the scale of the block of flats at the entrance to the site. The second block has been replaced by a terrace of two-storey houses.

The dwellings will be accessed from a single junction on Church Road via a central spine road.

The parking provision comprises a mix of courtyard parking for the flats and curtilage parking for the houses.

Two visitor parking spaces in lay-bys will also be provided alongside the access road.

The Shanly Homes planning manager Mark Hendy said: “This is a fresh application that’s been addressed to revise the reasons for appeal on the previous one.

“The consultation comments have come back in and so far they are in from the county archaeologists, Thames Water and the council’s waste and recycling. We haven’t had any comments yet from the neighbours. Some people wrote in before and raised issues and I’m sure they’ll be interested in the revised scheme.”

The second application was submitted just before Easter and is currently being reviewed by Mole Valley District Council.

“It has only been with the council for a couple of weeks so it normally takes them about 13 weeks to determine an application of this scale,” said Mr Hendy.

“It’s due for a decision on June 23.”

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