Draft Settlement Investment and Development (ID) Plans-Esher

Land to rear of 85 High Street

Site Ref
DEV/ESH4 85 High Street
Settlement area
Existing use
Site area (ha)
Esher Access and service yard for retail unit
Planning constraints
Conservation Area;
District Centre;
Listed Building
 1 to 5 years
The site is situated within the town centre and Conservation Area of Esher, located to the south of Esher High Street. The site currently contains a Listed Building and a flat roof single-storey extension to the rear. The area to the rear is used for staff parking. Access to the site is gained to the rear, through the public car park.
85 High StreetIn 2008 an outline application was submitted for a detached two-storey building with additional rooms in the roof space comprising 6 flats following demolition of existing single storey extension (2008/2551). This was refused on grounds that “the proposed development would be disproportionate in size to that of the Listed Building and would have a detrimental impact on its setting. Also due to the lack of information submitted with the application, is unable to make an informed judgement as to whether the proposal would have a detrimental impact on the Conservation Area”. The site is included within the Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment.
Option A – Allocate for development with the potential to deliver up to 6 dwellings
Option B – Do not allocate (as existing)
Preferred option
Allocate for development with the potential to deliver up to 6 dwellings
Whilst the initial application was refused this was not on the principle of residential development but on the impact of the proposed design on the Conservation Area and adjacent listed building. These reasons are not considered to be insurmountable or make the development unviable. Therefore it is considered appropriate to allocate this site for residential development given its sustainable town centre location
Development consideration
  • Designed with an appropriate scale, bulk and mass to enhance the character of the Conservation Area and Listed Building
  • Potential to deliver 1 affordable unit, in accordance with policy CS21 in the Core Strategy and associated financial contribution
  • Suitable access, parking and servicing arrangements
What you have told us so far
The site was not mentioned at the community workshop.