39 Thames Street - 2007/2556 & 2579
applications were refused by Elmbridge Borough Council
following many local objections. However, the
Elmbridge refusal of 2007/2579, for 14 dwellings, was
overturned on appeal by the Planning Inspectorate.
with many local residents, we objected
to the town planners about these plans for 39 Thames
Street. Two proposals for the Crest House 39
Thames Street site were submitted to Elmbridge as planning
The applications were refused after over 70 letters of
objection were received. View PP&DRA
letters of objection and the grounds for refusal.
Following their rejection, the developers have appealed.
The outcome of the appeal may have a significant
impact on this area.
See also our letters in response to the appeal:
Objection to the 55 flats appeal -
Objection to the 14 houses appeal
Plan 1: 55 flats & underground car park Application
This would build 55 flats (17 of them affordable homes),
with underground parking for 36 residents’ cars, and surface
parking for 19 residents’ cars. Total floor area would be
4036sqm. The current offices are 1700sqm. It would squeeze
in a massive block of flats, wholly out of keeping with the
residential surroundings, with 2.37 times the floor area of
the current building. Visitor parking would be out on the
street. Elmbridge BC is short of affordable housing, but
that does not begin to make a plan like this acceptable.
Application 2007/2556 for 55 Flats
Plan 2: 14 homes Application 2007/2579
This would comprise 9 “two-and-a-half storey” houses (3
detached, 2 semis, 4 terraced) with garages, and 5 flats.
On-site parking for 29 cars. Total floor area 2676sqm (1.57
times the current floor area). This is better than previous
applications, but the plans are for tall, cramped buildings
out of character with the surroundings. Some tree removal,
particularly on the SW of the site to create parking spaces,
would badly affect the privacy of neighbouring properties.
Trees matter: We welcome the recognition by the developers
that trees around the boundary are important to the site,
but would like to see the retention and preservation of the
Application 2007/2579 for 14 Homes
Reasons for previous refusal
A previous application for 14 houses was turned down 1/ on
grounds of change of use, and 2/ for being cramped and
incongruous, with excessive massing, inadequate separation,
inappropriate design and layout distances causing
overlooking, inadequate rear garden depths, general
overdevelopment of the site giving an unsatisfactory
residential environment, with loss of trees and hedges
exacerbating the effect on adjoining properties.
See our 2005 letter to
A second application was rejected for similar reasons, as
cramped, with excessive height, at odds with surrounding
residential development, not attractive, with loss of hedges
a detriment to the character and amenity of the area.
See our 2006 letter to
Our 2007 letters to the planners