Hersham Green Shopping Centre – comment/ object now before 26 April

By | April 1, 2024

It is now time to object to the planning application – a message from the campaign team

Reference 2024/0498

Firstly, a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has supported the campaign up to now, from initial meetings, individual and collective help, signing the petition and for your understanding in dealing with the massive issues that seem to be bombarding Hersham from every direction.

We now need your help for the last big push to save Hersham Centre

The planning application was registered by Elmbridge Borough Council on 22 March 2024 and the period of objection has now started. You may now make your objections known. Elmbridge Borough Council has requested comments by 26th April 2024.

Every single objection is vital. It is important that every individual makes an objection. Any collective objection will only count as one. This is now the one off opportunity that we have been anticipating for nearly 2 years.

Please make your voice count.

There are three ways to object:

1. Log on to Elmbridge Borough Council website and follow the links. A useful shortcut is https://bit.ly/Hersham-Centre-Development click on Make a Comment and follow the simple instructions. There is plenty of space to set out your views.

2. Email your comments to tplan@elmbridge.gov.uk emailing is useful if you wish to attach documents.

3. Write to: The Planning Department, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD

Grounds of objection

Please use your own words which should be heartfelt, even passionate, but never offensive, inflammatory, discriminatory or other such matters. Common sense must always prevail.

The developers planning application is generally as expected and there are many grounds to object. You may feel strongly about a particular issue or you may wish to make comments on all the issues. You are encouraged to say what you feel, in your own way. You may wish to consider:

The residential element

• The impact of the development on the character of the local area.

• The height, mass and scale of residential blocks up to 6 storeys high affecting immediate and near neighbours, including loss of light, overshadowing, overbearance.

• There is an over-supply of elderly living accommodation in Elmbridge.

• The plans have zero allocation for much needed Affordable Homes

• There is no Community Infrastructure Levy.

• Inadequate car parking. 54 spaces for 109 units.

• New Berry Lane totally unsuitable for traffic access. Danger to school children.

The retail element

• Permanent loss of 50% of the independent retail units, occupied by local successful businesses, to make way for a reconfigured and inadequate car park.

• The future of all businesses in The Centre is now uncertain.

Car parking

• Reduction in car parking capacity from 270 to 127, including loss of Elmbridge BC car park. This revised number is inadequate for the remaining businesses and contravenes planning guidelines. Most current users, including Doctors Surgery, parents and visitors to Burhill School, customers and staff of all the retail and business units in the immediate area, St Peters Church, visitors to Hersham, Hersham Riverside and The Green etc will no longer be able to park. The developers own traffic surveys confirm this.


This gets to the heart of the problem. In hundreds of pages of submission there is not a single word from the developers about OUR village, OUR Hersham. It is clear that the scheme will tear the village apart. Its character will be lost. The developers have summed it up by always referring to us as a town centre. They miss the point completely.

Save Hersham Centre / Protect our village


This campaign is NOT about politics or profit. It is ALL about protecting Hersham.

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