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20/00885/DEM Prior Notification of the proposed demolition of buildings at Epsom General Hospital, including York House, Woodcote Lodge, Rowan House, Beacon Ward, the boiler house and ancillary buildings and structures, under Schedule 2, Part 11, Class B of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended)

This planning application seeks permission (under Permitted Development rights) to demolish unwanted buildings on the hospital site at the location of the proposed Guild Living “later living” accommodation, for which a planning application (19/01722/FUL) has yet to be approved and has drawn very significant volume of objections from local residents (and the Society).

The Society is concerned that the applicant is proposing to separate the demolition of existing buildings in advance of securing permission for the replacement, which is contrary to accepted practice and may significantly increase the total duration of disturbance from demolition and building work for local residents. In particular, the proposed siting of a 4 storey contractors’ accommodation set up at the rear of Digdens Rise is completely unacceptable, since it looks directly into the bedrooms and gardens of these residences.

We are also concerned that this may also represent a plan to pressure the Council to agree to aspects of the development application which would otherwise be unacceptable, using Epsom’s lack of a 5-year housing supply to leverage the National Planning Policy Framework in the applicant’s favour.

The Society has therefore written suggesting that the demolition application be withdrawn and all matters relating to both demolition and building be dealt with under the existing application (19/01722/FUL). See our letter here.

Nevertheless it transpires that the Council could not adopt our suggestion, as the proposed demolition is Permitted Development under current legislation, but has been made subject to conditions set out in the Decision shown under the Documents tab of the planning application referred to above.

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