Too high for Hersham Green – petition

By | May 26, 2014

The HRA AGM meeting on 15 May included the launch of a A PETITION about a planning application to build a block of flats overlooking Hersham Green (6 storeys replacing a much smaller 3 storey structure known as Mark House which is currently used as an office).

Whilst members didn’t generally mind the overall design proposed, great concern was expressed that it would be too high and out of character with a village environment. Petition signatures would be welcomed ahead of the planning meeting on June 17th when the application will be decided.

If you would like to discuss this and see the plans before signing the petition – there will be an opportunity on Saturday 7 June for most of the day outside Waitrose where there will be an exhibition about the proposal.

Further details and background

Mark House, 9-11 Queens Road, Hersham Application No.2013/5106

Occasionally the HRA highlights particular planning applications which we feel are significant for the wider Hersham community. We feel the above proposal is important because the site overlooks Hersham Green and is adjacent to the Hersham Green Conservation Area.

The HRA wrote to EBC in January 2014 broadly supporting the design of the proposed new building but registering deep concern about its overall height. See our letter posted here on the HRA blog site. (see item titled Hersham Green Letter)

The matter was considered and rejected at an EBC planning sub-committee on 31st March – however it has now been referred to the main planning committee where this result could easily be overturned.

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