18/00940/OUT Outline planning permission for the demolition of the existing building and construction of a new 5 storey building containing ground floor commercial/retail (A1, A2 and B1 uses) and 14 residential units (C3 Use) on upper levels with all matters reserved apart from Access and Layout”
This outline application is said to be limited to access and layout but our main concern at this stage is the proposed demolition of the existing building, which dates from the early 1870s and may be the earliest reinforced concrete building in the UK.
Furthermore, its demolition would entail the loss of the significant east facing elevation, which is well known and well-liked by Epsom residents and forms an important feature of this section of the Town Centre as seen whether turning towards the station or leaving or coming into Epsom in this direction.
An application has been made to Historic England to have the building nationally listed as of historic value. Regardless of the outcome of this application, the Society have recommended refusal of permission to demolish.
See our letter here.