'New homes proposal will have major impact on Epsom and Ewell', says councillor

Ewell councillor Clive Woodbridge

Ewell councillor Clive Woodbridge

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A proposal to build a huge new suburb around Chessington will have a major impact on Epsom and Ewell, according to a councillor.

Ewell councillor Clive Woodbridge, chairman of the residents’ association group of councillors, said there will be an "inevitable impact" on the borough if suggestions put forward by business leaders - are accepted by the Mayor of London.

The proposals, outlined by business group London First earlier this month, call for tens of thousands of new homes to be built on greenbelt land within London.

The new suburb would be served by train expansion through the planned Crossrail 2 scheme, the group said.

Coun Woodbridge said: "It’s almost like having a new town in Chessington and it will inevitably have a big impact on Epsom and Ewell on the border.

"Chessington residents will go to schools in Epsom and Ewell and Epsom Hospital is the nearest hospital."

"We need to start a dialogue as Surrey with London to make sure our views are taken into account.  We need to look at how we can engage with London so it’s not just a London plan, a fait accompli.

"The approach should be as Surrey, not just as individual boroughs."

David Leam, London First Infrastructure director, said: “Our report was setting out, for illustrative purposes only, the additional property value that would be created by a substantial new housing development of up to 70,000 homes.

“The actual number of new homes that could be built should be explored by local boroughs and the Mayor.”

Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, started a Facebook group this week which calls on residents to: "Say no to 70,000 homes in Chessington".

Kingston Council leader Liz Green said: "We call on Boris [Johnson] to reject the recommendations that suggest building on our green belt."

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11:32am Mon 31 Mar 14

EwellMan says...

Roads are too busy as they are - Rush hour journey form Chessington to Ewell in car 30-50 mins. Rush hour journey form Ewell to Epsom 20-40 mins...... Completely unacceptable!

Road widening of M25 the local residents in ashtead and leatherhead received cash payments due to the impact on ttraffic and noise? Do you think the local residents should because of this? More cars, more pollution? more noise?
Roads are too busy as they are - Rush hour journey form Chessington to Ewell in car 30-50 mins. Rush hour journey form Ewell to Epsom 20-40 mins...... Completely unacceptable! Road widening of M25 the local residents in ashtead and leatherhead received cash payments due to the impact on ttraffic and noise? Do you think the local residents should because of this? More cars, more pollution? more noise? EwellMan
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8:41pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DB says...

As I wrote on the other thread, there is no basis to build any new home at all on the promise of Crossrail 2.

Unless I am mistaken, there is no new rail infrastructure being built down to Chessington as part of Crossrail 2, in fact none south of Wimbledon.
As I wrote on the other thread, there is no basis to build any new home at all on the promise of Crossrail 2. Unless I am mistaken, there is no new rail infrastructure being built down to Chessington as part of Crossrail 2, in fact none south of Wimbledon. DB
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4:21pm Tue 1 Apr 14

suttonvenger says...

Perhaps Mr Woodbridge would also like to back residents against the proposals in NESCOt as he hasn't done this publicly yet. But I guess more houses in E&E mean more council tax revenue, something the RA voted to increase for us this year, the pound signs just light up his eyes when the housing is in his borough!
Perhaps Mr Woodbridge would also like to back residents against the proposals in NESCOt as he hasn't done this publicly yet. But I guess more houses in E&E mean more council tax revenue, something the RA voted to increase for us this year, the pound signs just light up his eyes when the housing is in his borough! suttonvenger
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7:48pm Tue 1 Apr 14

EwellMan says...

suttonvenger wrote:
Perhaps Mr Woodbridge would also like to back residents against the proposals in NESCOt as he hasn't done this publicly yet. But I guess more houses in E&E mean more council tax revenue, something the RA voted to increase for us this year, the pound signs just light up his eyes when the housing is in his borough!
Quite agree all whilst services are decreased. I think everyone understands that times are hard but all the council seems to want to do is drain every last penny from the counci ltax payer all whilst paying for more and more social housing and not providing the services we used to have.
They need to start cutting heads, looking for value for money and stop waste, all things that most big private companies are doing. It also has to be asked why we have a county and a local council, seems like a lot of duplicate roles.
[quote][p][bold]suttonvenger[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Mr Woodbridge would also like to back residents against the proposals in NESCOt as he hasn't done this publicly yet. But I guess more houses in E&E mean more council tax revenue, something the RA voted to increase for us this year, the pound signs just light up his eyes when the housing is in his borough![/p][/quote]Quite agree all whilst services are decreased. I think everyone understands that times are hard but all the council seems to want to do is drain every last penny from the counci ltax payer all whilst paying for more and more social housing and not providing the services we used to have. They need to start cutting heads, looking for value for money and stop waste, all things that most big private companies are doing. It also has to be asked why we have a county and a local council, seems like a lot of duplicate roles. EwellMan
  • Score: 2

10:00am Thu 17 Apr 14

sfocata says...

Crazy, crazy idea. The south-east is already congested and acting as a massive economic magnet. Simply attracting more people, with the extra requirements for jobs, transport and other infrastructure will just worsen this. The country cannot perform to its potential if all the economic activity is concentrated in a 50-mile circle around London.

This is not some kind of anti-immigrant "Britain is full" line, either... it's not full, it's just hideously unbalanced, with vast economic wastelands developing outside of the south-east and a few other major cities. We have to fight against this stuff before we end up living in a massive car park.
Crazy, crazy idea. The south-east is already congested and acting as a massive economic magnet. Simply attracting more people, with the extra requirements for jobs, transport and other infrastructure will just worsen this. The country cannot perform to its potential if all the economic activity is concentrated in a 50-mile circle around London. This is not some kind of anti-immigrant "Britain is full" line, either... it's not full, it's just hideously unbalanced, with vast economic wastelands developing outside of the south-east and a few other major cities. We have to fight against this stuff before we end up living in a massive car park. sfocata
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