The developer’s application to develop 1-7 Holly Parade in Cobham High Street has now been validated and has been assigned the Planning Ref: 2016/2185. However, Elmbridge Borough Council have not yet posted on their web site some of the important documents involved. At this time the consultation period has already been extended to 9th September 2016 and we are looking for objections to be lodged by then although a further extension is anticipated.
As we have said previously, the developers say that these proposals were shaped by the local community and that they have “carefully reviewed the scheme and made a number of design changes....". But those changes were entirely cosmetic and not to the size of the development, with 4 storey’s and a flat roof retained even though there was extensive objection to the size and appearance during their consultation. “Improvements” may have been made to the façade but the Trust considers that completely inappropriate as presently designed.
The above drawing, which also forms part of a leaflet you may be receiving, clearly show how massive the building is and how the design is quite out of keeping with the architecture nearby of pitched roofs and gables. It is not proportionate to the current relatively small development currently there, ugly though that may be. It is difficult to provide any further explanation at this time but those are important points to identify in objection. There are subsidiary issues that really result from the size of the development such as the inadequacy of parking provision on the site and in the area.
If you agree, please go online at www.elmbridge.gov.uk/planning/find-application/ and check out the detailed plans using planning ref: 2016/2185 or use this link http://bit.ly/2bDlJxm and consider lodging an objection now.