81 College Road Epsom KT17 4HH

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21/01287/FUL Erection of a 3-bed, detached 1 1/2 storey family dwelling with landscaping and other associated works.

81 College Road is a substantial detached house on the corner of College Road and Copse Edge Avenue, a private unadopted road. The application proposes to cut the property’s rear garden in half (the bottom third of the original property having been previously built on to provide an extra dwelling) to add a further dwelling.

The Society has objected to the proposal on a number of grounds. These include the principle of backland development, the lack of vehicular access other than from Copse Edge Avenue, design and appearance, and the inadequate external amenity space for the new dwelling, which is planned to concrete over almost its entire plot creating drainage and potential flooding issues.

Furthermore the design of the property (a flat roof with solar panels) is out of keeping with the existing street scene, conflicting with Epsom’s DM10 planning policy.

Since the Copse Edge Avenue Residents Association has already indicated that permission will not be granted for vehicular access from Copse Edge Avenue, the Society has suggested this application be withdrawn and reconsidered in compliance with the nature of the other dwellings and neighbourhood.

See our letter here.