Tandridge District Council Press Release 15.3.17
Council set to agree multi million pound regeneration programme for Oxted
Next week’s Resources Committee on 23 March will consider proposals for Regeneration Oxted an ambitious plan to revitalise the town centre through a multi-million pound programme of strategically important projects.
The Programme will improve the vitality and viability of the town centre by:
- Achieving the removal of the Oxted gasholder and providing additional town centre housing on the site.
- Making the town centre more attractive and supporting the town’s retail and evening economy through an Urban Redesign project in Station Road East and West.
- Providing additional parking spaces for residents, visitors and local businesses.
- Looking at opportunities to provide business start-up and office space in the town centre.
The programme will be delivered by Tandridge District Council working with Surrey County Council, the Oxted Business Improvement District and St William property developers, supported by a mixture of public and private funding. The Council has successfully secured funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to support feasibility work for the Urban Redesign Project and additional parking delivery. All aspects of the Regeneration Oxted programme will be subject to public consultation.
The Oxted Gasholder
Following talks with the owners of the site, Scotia Gas Networks and National Grid Property, the Council has reached an agreement to bring the site forward for development. St William has indicated they intend to submit a formal planning application in summer 2017.
Station Road East and West Urban Redesign Project
The Council is supporting the Oxted Business Improvement District (BID) in an ambitious Urban Redesign Project. Last year the BID commissioned urban designers Greer Pritchard, whose portfolio includes the 2012 Olympic Park design, to create conceptual proposals for a market square, improved town centre layout, better access, more greenery, more seating and more attractive paving and surfacing. With LEP funding secured, feasibility work will now begin.
The Oxted parking review findings identified a lack of capacity at peak times and a need for better enforcement. As such the Council will develop detailed options for additional capacity which could provide in the region of 40% more spaces. To help provide, manage and enforce parking, the Council plans to introduce charges for car park use at a level appropriate to the area and taking into account comparable charges elsewhere.
Feedback from small and micro businesses has highlighted the difficulties of finding affordable, flexible office space, forcing businesses out of the area or restricting their ability to grow. To address this, the Council will look at opportunities for business start-up and office space in the town centre. This will improve employment opportunities and help grow and retain businesses.
Councillor Simon Ainsworth, Chairman of the Resources Committee, said: “Like many similar sized town centres, Oxted is facing increased competition from other towns and online retailers. To keep the economy of Oxted town centre vibrant, we need to take an ambitious, approach. By removing the gasholder and building new homes, improving the appearance of the town centre, increasing the parking provision and supporting small businesses, we will enable the town to flourish, grow and help drive the economy of the area.”