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Travis Perkins’ Walton plans rejected

Elmbridge Borough Council planners have rejected new proposed development plans by builders merchant group Travis Perkins.

The merchant wants to demolish a former milk depot in Walton, Surrey and replace it with a new retail showroom, 14 flats and a new storage/distribution unit.

The company says it considered that their proposals would make the best, most sustainable use of the site as a “suitable mixed use development, retaining and providing commercial uses whilst expanding residential, in a well designed form which meets transport, accessibility and infrastructure requirements.”

A planning inspector reported that the scheme should be given the go-ahead, however, Elmbridge Borough Council, which four letters of objection regarding the proposals, disagreed.

However, the sub-committee decided that the scale, bulk and design of the storage/distribution unit would be of detrimental to nearby properties and that the unit would create an “oppressive feature which is considered to be of detriment to the light and amenity of neighbouring properties”.

In September 2009, Travis Perkins and Paragon Community Housing Group were given permission to build a trade counter with nine flats above on the site, as well as a terrace of five houses to the rear.

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Fiona Russell-Horne
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