Epsom General Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park
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.
The Society wrote in March 2020 to object to a previous proposal under this application reference number for a new 6-storey Multi-Storey Car Park (MSCP) to be erected on the existing ground-level car park at the side of the current hospital site next to Epsom Sports Club.
At that time the Society, in common with many others, objected strongly to the proposal, on the grounds of its excessive height, massing and scale, the impact it would have on the adjacent sports facilities and surrounding area, which includes the Woodcote Conservation area, and its general unsuitability for the context of its setting.
A revised design has now been submitted, allegedly to address the criticisms of the previous scheme, but is, in the Society’s opinion, if anything even worse than the original. It 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. The overall detrimental effect and harm to nearby heritage assets is, in the Society’s view, substantial.
For these reasons, the Society has requested refusal of this proposal too. See our letter here.See our previous objection (which was submitted as an on-line comment via the EEBC planning website) here.