Vehicular access to the site will continue to be from the existing Bridge Street entrance. Pedestrian and cycle access to the new building will also continue to be from Bridge Street.
Transport and Parking
It is proposed to close the southernmost extent of Emlyn Lane in order to open up the proposed Riverside Park area and to reduce existing town centre parking on these residential streets. A facility for vehicles to turn will be retained at this location.
The site is well served by public transport and is within walking distance of the train station (750m / 9 minutes’ walk). The nearest bus stop is less than 100m from the site. The proposals include a total of 23 private residential parking spaces which will be located to the rear of the proposed building. Reduced parking levels in this area are strongly encouraged by Surrey County Council due to the sustainable town centre location. Cycle parking will be provided in a dedicated store in compliance with planning policy requirements.
Our transport consultants are undertaking parking surveys and preparing a Transport Statement to assess the impact of the proposals on roads, traffic and parking in the local area and to promote sustainable transport options. We will work closely with Surrey County Council as Highways Authority to explore opportunities to protect existing on-street resident parking in adjacent roads. The Transport Statement will be submitted as part of the outline planning application.
Public Car Park
The layout of the Bridge Street pay and display car park will be reviewed and adjusted but the total number of public car parking spaces will stay the same as present – 23 car parking spaces. Vehicular access to the public pay and display car park will continue to be from Bridge Street. We have undertaken surveys to assess the use of the car park and we recognise it is utilised efficiently and serves a valuable town centre function, supporting the retail and leisure offer in the town.
A Considerate Approach to Construction
The proposals for the redevelopment of Claire House and James House will require the temporary closure of the public car park during the construction phase. We are working with colleagues within Mole Valley District Council to evaluate the potential impact and review temporary alternative parking solutions.
The submission and approval of a Construction Management Plan will be a planning condition. The Construction Management Plan will outline working hours and site management arrangements and must be prepared, submitted and approved by Mole Valley District Council in advance of works starting on site.
A separate Construction Traffic Management Plan will be prepared in agreement with Surrey County Council as Highways Authority to determine how and when construction vehicles will be able to access the site. This will ensure minimal disturbance to residents during the times when residents are more likely to be at home, such as in the evenings and at weekends.
View from Bridge Street.