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Fears over plan for flats by Snatts Hill A25 junction

A planning application has been submitted to Tandridge District Council to build 14 flats with access directly onto the junction of Snatts Hill and the A25. The deadline for comments is 14 December.

The proposal is to demolish one house on Westerham Road which is opposite the junction and replace it with a block of flats. The flats would share the access with one other house making a total of 15 properties using the driveway.

The scheme from developers, Chartwell, has sparked road safety fears because the junction is very busy, traffic lanes are narrow, visibility is restricted and there is a history of accidents. The driveway is next to the fire station and shares a 'keep clear' access point to enable fire engines to exit the station safely.

A traffic survey was carried out on behalf of Chartwell in August during the school holidays without notifying Surrey County Council.

On 15 August, OLRG's Limpsfield Councillor, Phil Davies, raised this with the County Council and was told "I have spoken with our transport studies team, who have confirmed that the counters were put down by Atkins. They did not notify the council that this work was going to happen in this instance.

You are correct in pointing out that the counts are occurring within the school holidays. We would have advised them that in order to be considered acceptable results in support of any future planning application, we would want the counts to occur during the regular school term and to include weekday movements."

The full planning application, number 2017/2337, and comments submitted so far, can be read on Tandridge District Council's website on this link click here

Comments should be sent to the Council by 14 December and should include the application number and your name and address.

They can be submitted by emailing comaps@tandridge.gov.uk or by using the comment form on the Council's website or by sending them to the Planning Department, 8 Station Rd East, Oxted RH8 0BT

If you would like more information about the application, please contact Councillor Davies at phildavies713@gmail.com or OLRG at oxted.residents@btinternet.com