Epsom General Hospital KT18 7EG

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20/00249/FUL Erection of a multi storey car park comprising ground plus 5 storeys and 527 car parking spaces, reconfiguration of surface parking to provide 104 car parking spaces and improvement to the access road from Dorking Road.

This application is a second design for the proposed Multi-Storey Car Park (MSCP) for staff, patients and visitors to the hospital, to be erected on the existing ground-level car park at the side of the current hospital site next to Epsom Sports Club.

The Society previously objected strongly to the original application on the 30th March 2020, on the grounds of its excessive height, massing and scale and the impact it would have on the adjacent sports facilities and surrounding area, which includes the Woodcote Conservation area. It is also near to the Chalk Lane Conservation Area with possible adverse impacts for the southern part of Worple Road Conservation area bordering Avenue Road. The proposed MSCP would adversely affect the setting of three listed buildings on the north side of Dorking Road (East Lodge, the Bell House and Clock House Medical Centre).

Unfortunately, we do not believe that the latest plans and elevations solve any of the major design issues. The only main difference on the latest elevations are coloured panels within an aluminium cladding system. The design remains a utilitarian structure with a large bulk and mass and a bland, boxy design devoid of any quality architectural features, which is totally out of keeping with the surrounding residential area. In addition, the overall detrimental effect and harm to nearby heritage assets is, in the Society’s view, substantial, the quantity of parking proposed may be excessive in the light of climate change urgency, and thus the Society has maintained its objection the application.

See our latest letter here.

See our previous letter here.