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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council





Minutes of the Meeting of the
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

held on
2
8

March

200
7


__________________


PRESENT
-


Councillor
Mike Richardson

(Chairman);

Councillor
John Beckett

(Vice
-
Chairman);
Councillors
Sheila Carlson
,
Carol Jay
,
Keith Mann,
Jan Mason (as
nominated substitute for Councillor
Derek Phillips)
,

Julie

Morris
, Colin Taylor

and Alan Winkworth
.


In attendance:

Councillor
s Pamela Bradley, Nigel Pavey and
Ruby

Smith


Apologies for absence
:

Councillor Derek Phillips


Officers present:

Mark Berry,
Stev
e Davies
, Ian Dyer, Anthony Evans, Nigel Evele
i
gh
, Tony
Michael

and
Tim Richardson
.


__________________


29

MINUTES
. The Minutes of the

Meeting of the
Environment

Committee held on
24
January

200
7

were agreed as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

30

UPPE
R HIGH STREET AND DEPOT ROAD
.

The Committee received a report sett
ing
out information gathered during
p
ublic consultation
on

the

Upper High Street and Depot
Road area. The report provided 4 broad options for the future development of the are
a
based upon th
is

information
,

and asked the Committee to express its views upon them.
These options were purely indicative in nature

and

not formal planning
proposals
. It was
intended that the views of the Committee would
aid

future
discussions

with
interested
parties
,

and the Committee was requested to approve the use of information
gathered
through
the
public consultation to inform the Local Development Framework and

in
particular the

Epsom Town Centre Action Plan.

The views of the Committee would not

place

a binding d
eci
sion upon

the Council

with regard to

the sale of land in its
ownership
, and any planning applications arising from future
discussions

with
developers and land owners would need to be considered by the Planning Committee.

The Committee expressed
broad
su
pport for the
possibility of including a medical centre
in a mixed use housing development, as suggested in Option 2 of Annexe 1 to the
report.

It was felt that retail use of the Helical
B
ar site should be

restricted to the ground
floor, to increase the to
tal housing available on the site.

Concerns were expressed with regard to the height of buildings, number of car parking
spaces and the location of

the

access
route

from Upper High Street

to the site
.

It was felt
that
careful

attention should be given to t
he
height

of buildings in the area, and in

particular to the frontage to Upper High Street and near the Pikes Hill Conservation
Area. The Committee felt that 4 storey buildings should not be placed in these areas and
expressed the
view

that the height of b
uildings should ‘ramp
-
down’

towards the
Conservation Area. However, it was not felt that 4 storey buildings should be precluded
from the Upper High Street and Depot Road area automatically.
It was also felt that
whilst not shown in the indicative options i
ncluded in the Annexe, there was no need for
a hotel to be located in the area, as had been suggested as a fur
ther possibility in the
report.

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,

28 March 2007

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Epsom & Ewell Borough Council


It was

noted that while some loss of public car parking spaces might be inevitable, the
scale of this would be dec
ided by the Planning Committee at the relevant time
.

Spare
capacity in the Hook Road Car Park would help to counteract any loss of spaces in
Depot Road and the Committee was informed that a Town Centre Parking Capacity
Study would be
carried out
. The Helic
al Bar site
was
expected to provide parking to
meet its own requirements.

The Committee
also
expressed the view that the access route from Upper High Street to
the

Helical Bar

site should be located further away from the Pikes Hill Conservation
Area
.

An ad
ditional access route from Church Street could potentially be considered in
the future if Surrey County Council

made the decision to relocate the current Fire Station
to a different site.

Following this

discussion
, the Committee agreed to the use
of input
from

public
consultation
s

to inform the Local Development Framework,
and
Epsom Town Centre
Area Plan
;

gave broad approval to Option A2 of Annexe 1
,

and noted that the concerns

and
comments raised

would be taken into acc
ount during

any

future discussions wi
th
interested parties

involved in proposing development in the area.

31

STAMFORD GREEN CONSERVATION AREA APPRAISAL
.

The Committee received a
report requesting that the Conservation Area Appraisal for Stamford Green Conservation
Area be approved and that a fu
rther report be received in June 2007 to set out the
financial implications of projects contained
in
the related Management Plan.

The
Committee discussed the

damage to grass verges by vehicles and noted that
several
respondents

had commented that road wide
ning works should not be
implemented in the area.
The Committee agreed that road widening works throughout
the area would not be suitable but requested that the Man
agement Plan

be amended

to
enable
some

remedial

works to road corners
if necessary, in order

to

address
the
problems

currently experienced. Following this amendment the Committee approved the
Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan. It was also agreed that a further
report would be presented to the June 2007 meeting, setting out the finan
cial
implications of the
works
recommended within the

Conservation Area Appraisal and

Management Plan
.

32

AMENDMENTS TO THE HORTON ‘B’ DEVELOPMENT BRIEF
.
The Committee
received a report requesting that the approved Development Brief for Horton ‘
B’ be
amended
to allow

for

the
increase of residential units from 61 to 70 and that
retail/commercial floor

space be increased from 600 to 1000 square metres.

Subsequent to the publication of the report the developers had confirmed that they
would agree to a maximum of

500 sq metres for the primary retail store, and the
exclusion of ‘A4’ class use (drinking establishments) from the remaining 500 sq metres.
The Committee also noted that the additional 9 residential units to be placed on the site
were to be
affordable, me
eting the level and type of housing included in the original
design options for the combined Horton ‘B’ and Horton House site.

The Committee agreed the amended terms of the Development Brief and that it should
be used as a material consideration in determi
ning any Planning Applications relating to
the site.

33

POWERS TO ISSUE FIXED PENALTY NOTICES IN RELATION TO
“ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME”
.

The Committee received a report seeking approval to the
phased implementation of powers granted

under the Clean Neighbourhoods
and
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Meeti
ng of the Environment Committee
,

28 March 2007

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Environment

Act 2005, with the first step to work with the business community. The
report also requested that a further report be received in November 2007 with regard to
implementing powers provided by the Act in relation to individual members of the
public
,

in light of experience gained.

The Committee was informed
that funding of

an

Officer
to implement powers under the
act would be
achieved

within the existing budget, but that income from Fixed Penalty
Notices would also contribute to this.
It was no
t expected that there would be a high
number of fixed penalty notices issued, with the Officer instead focussing on working in
partnership with local businesses to resolve issues where possible.

The enforcement

of
planning conditions

placed on fast food re
tail outlets wi
th regard to
the provision of bins was discussed
,

and it was noted that whilst some work had already
begun with regard to this, it would also be an area for the attention of the new Officer.

The Committee agreed in principle to the use of po
wers granted under the Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, with the first step to work with the business
community. It was also agreed that a further report would be submitted to the November
2007 meeting detailing options for implementing those

provisions of the Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 that can be applied to individual members
of the public, in light of experience gained.

34

OUTSTANDING REFERENCES.

The Committee noted the position on it
s Outstanding
References as at
28

March

2
007.

35

VOTE OF THANKS. The Committee passed votes of thanks to the Chairman and
Officers for their hard work and services to the Committee during the year.




The meeting ended at
9
.
40

p.m.



MIKE RICHARDSON

Chairman