Revised homes and retirement village Nescot plans still fail to please

This Is Local London: Public exhibition on the plans at North East Surrey College of Technology Public exhibition on the plans at North East Surrey College of Technology

Residents angry about plans to build a huge housing complex on fields outside Ewell remain unhappy despite a compromise from developers.

North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) removed plans for a 600-room student block from their proposals for land currently used for grazing animals on Reigate Way, but residents have maintained their opposition to the plans.

Worries about traffic and the strain on infrastructure were raised during a heated meeting on November 28. The revised plans are to build 94 homes and a retirement village.

Stuart Seymour, who lives opposite the site, said: “They think we’re going to jump up and down and wave a white flag.

“But what they are going to do instead is of that is pad it out with the maximum number of houses. If we have the best part of 100 houses, we are going to a lot, lot more cars.

"It is going to be gridlock unfortunately.”

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The site in Reigate Road

Helen Gillespie, who went to a public exhibition of the plans at the college, said there was nobody present to answer her questions and no mention of how many homes would be affordable.

She said: "What expansion measures have been taken to ensure that there will be enough doctors’ surgery spaces, school places, daycare and childcare spaces, not to mention beds in local hospitals? I suspect very little."

A Nescot spokeswoman said: "They have made their feelings felt. We answered as many questions as possible and took on board some suggestions made.

"What residents have to understand is that is a piece of development land. The college are trying to do the best they can."

Nescot is under pressure to push ahead with the development in order to fund renovations to its academic campus.

It has secured a Government grant for part of the renovations on the condition that all improvement works are completed by September 2015.

See the plans at Nescot 10am to 8pm from Monday to Thursday and 10am to 5pm on Friday until December 12.

To comment email nescot@cratus.co.uk or call 020 8546 9374.

 

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9:16am Fri 6 Dec 13

EwellMan says...

The point here is simple and Nescot are not getting it:

Ewell Villgae and its surrounds are full, just look at the road around homebase and the Esso in rush hour or at the weekend, complete grid lock.

As for where the kids of the families will go to school, what doctors they will use etc is never thought out. Its all well and good building the houses but no thought about the infrastrucure to cope with he increase.

I have lives in Ewell for 40 years and its turned from a lovely villgage to a dying village with traffic equavalent to a small town.
The point here is simple and Nescot are not getting it: Ewell Villgae and its surrounds are full, just look at the road around homebase and the Esso in rush hour or at the weekend, complete grid lock. As for where the kids of the families will go to school, what doctors they will use etc is never thought out. Its all well and good building the houses but no thought about the infrastrucure to cope with he increase. I have lives in Ewell for 40 years and its turned from a lovely villgage to a dying village with traffic equavalent to a small town. EwellMan

10:28am Sat 7 Dec 13

Jill Macdonald says...

It's no surprise that the residents in this area don't want this development - they never want anything built opposite them - it was to be expected - they are NIMBY's. This is not the only open ground area that the residents persistently object to buildings being placed on. I remember some 20 years ago they objected to a hotel being built on the Priest Hill playing field lands, despite the developers offering to build the hotel right in the middle of the fields. This was when the area was absolutely desperate for a good hotel - in the end Epsom and Ewell lost out again and Chessington built them. Because of their objections this land is kept an unsightly mess - an open piece of land that cannot be built on. In the current climate of real shortage of housing, residents should not be allowed to control building development. We all have to put up with changes to our local landscape so why should they be any different?

I was waiting for the the objections by residents when I first heard about this development.

I hope Nescot work further to get permission to build on this site because theCollege desperately needs accommodation and funds to help them provide education for local youngsters. They seem to have tried very hard to work with the residents, but frankly I don't think the local residents have any intention whatsoever of understanding or even caring about the situation.

As far as Ewell Village being affected - this is far from Ewell Village and is development land that should be built on.

Good Luck Nescot
It's no surprise that the residents in this area don't want this development - they never want anything built opposite them - it was to be expected - they are NIMBY's. This is not the only open ground area that the residents persistently object to buildings being placed on. I remember some 20 years ago they objected to a hotel being built on the Priest Hill playing field lands, despite the developers offering to build the hotel right in the middle of the fields. This was when the area was absolutely desperate for a good hotel - in the end Epsom and Ewell lost out again and Chessington built them. Because of their objections this land is kept an unsightly mess - an open piece of land that cannot be built on. In the current climate of real shortage of housing, residents should not be allowed to control building development. We all have to put up with changes to our local landscape so why should they be any different? I was waiting for the the objections by residents when I first heard about this development. I hope Nescot work further to get permission to build on this site because theCollege desperately needs accommodation and funds to help them provide education for local youngsters. They seem to have tried very hard to work with the residents, but frankly I don't think the local residents have any intention whatsoever of understanding or even caring about the situation. As far as Ewell Village being affected - this is far from Ewell Village and is development land that should be built on. Good Luck Nescot Jill Macdonald

12:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

DDwilliams says...

I am not sure where the assertion that Nescot desperately needs accommodation comes from. As far as I am aware (from meetings I attended) the plans were to house 50 Nescot students and the other 550 were to come from various other colleges some distance away. There was even mention of overseas students attending colleges around the south east being temporarily housed here. The plans were embryonic and It was a money making exercise. Nothing wrong with that but it should not be confused with addressing a local need. I cannot speak for everyone but I do understand and care about the colleges needs. I also care about the potential for increased traffic accidents when a development is planned at a traffic hotspot. When accusations of Nimby behaviour are levelled at local people instead of trying to understand or address the concerns being raised one has to wonder what interests lie beneath them.
I am not sure where the assertion that Nescot desperately needs accommodation comes from. As far as I am aware (from meetings I attended) the plans were to house 50 Nescot students and the other 550 were to come from various other colleges some distance away. There was even mention of overseas students attending colleges around the south east being temporarily housed here. The plans were embryonic and It was a money making exercise. Nothing wrong with that but it should not be confused with addressing a local need. I cannot speak for everyone but I do understand and care about the colleges needs. I also care about the potential for increased traffic accidents when a development is planned at a traffic hotspot. When accusations of Nimby behaviour are levelled at local people instead of trying to understand or address the concerns being raised one has to wonder what interests lie beneath them. DDwilliams

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