Owing to an uptick in cases of Covid 19 in The Triangle, (including the TRG Chair) the AGM on Tuesday, 21st June 2022 at 20.00 will now be held online. Please join the meeting using this link: https://teams.live.com/meet/9472765998225
As no resolutions have been tabled in accordance with the constitution, the agenda for the AGM on 21st June 2022 at 20:00 will be as follows:
Receive the committee’s report (see below)
Elect the committee
TRG Committee’s Report 2021/2022 (from 26th May 2021 till 21st June 2022)
During this period, TRG has responded with detailed objections to Elmbridge regarding 7 planning applications. Of these 1 was granted and 6 refused.
Of the 4 Appeals to the Planning Inspectorate to which TRG submitted detailed
arguments, 1 appeal was dismissed while 3 remain under consideration.
The most notable feature in terms of how planning applications are considered, both at the Elmbridge and Planning Inspectorate levels, was the increasing willingness to consider insufficient off -street parking provision under DM7 and resultant parking stress as a legitimate reason for refusal.
The details of applications to which TRG responded with detailed submissions are as follows:
85 Queens Road on land to the Northwest of Campbell Cottage and No. 1 Beacon Mews, South Road Surrey KT13 9DZ
Application to contruct a two-storey building comprising two semi-detached cottages to the rear of 85 Queens Road
3 Beacon Mews, South Road, Weybridge, KT13 9DZ Application for a first-floor extension with roof terrace to create an additional flat
TRG has submitted detailed responses at all stages of Elmbridge’s consultation over the development of a Local Plan. The draft Elmbridge Local Plan was approved by the Elmbridge BC cabinet on 16 March 2022.
The key points of that Plan are that it:
1. Allows for 465 homes per year over 15 years, which is an additional 100 homes per year approximately.
2. Is intended to protect the green belt and enhance green infrastructure and biodiversity in the borough.
3. Will shape development in the urban area.
The Draft Local Plan Regulation 19 representations period will open on 17 June 2022.
Regulation 19 is the last stage in the plan making process before the draft Local Plan is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for examination. It is a formal representation stage that asks specific questions regarding the draft local plan’s legal compliance and soundness.
As this is the last opportunity to respond, Elmbridge has set up a meeting on 15th June to explain to residents’ representatives how the process works so that they can assist residents in how to respond or can respond on residents’ behalf. A TRG representative will attend this meeting. TRG will subsequently canvass residents’ views and make a submission to Elmbridge. See the full Local Plan details and read the document
Triangle Parking Survey
Following the TRG parking survey and subsequent meetings with Cllr Tim
Oliver and representatives of the Parking Department in 2020, it was
Surrey CC’s advice that the Triangle should be included as a supplement to
the Atkins Study, which is considering traffic and parking in Weybridge.
This advice was informed by the wish to address the Triangle holistically
and recognise the complex and sometimes conflicting needs of residents, Manby Lodge School and businesses.
With this in mind, TRG representatives met with the Surrey CC team on
21st March 2022 and conveyed residents’ concerns.
The Surrey CC team undertook to consider the points made, carry out
further studies and revert.
Improvements 20mph zone
The Committee met the Leader of Surrey CC and the County Highways Authority (CHA) on 17th June 2021 and made several suggestions as to how drivers’ awareness of the 20mph zone on entering it could be improved.
Additional 20mph repeaters and road markings to reinforce the message for drivers entering the Triangle
Lowering the 20mph signs and moving them further from the entry junctions to the Triangle to make them more visible
Pedestrian refuge islands in the wide bell-mouths of York Road and Princes Road and Princes Road and Queens Road to provide greater safety for pedestrians and assist in controlling traffic speed at those junctions
Additional traffic calming, e.g. tables, at the dangerous bend in Pine Grove
Of these, only the additional 20mph repeaters and road markings at each entrance to the Triangle were agreed and implemented by SCC and CHA.
Possible closure of Princes Road & Pine Grove
In Newsletters No 56 and 57 we referred to the idea which originated with Surrey CC that Princes Road could be closed at a point between York Road and Hanger Hill and Pine Grove at a point between Dresden Way and Daneswood Close, in order to address the issues of speeding, rat-running and illegal use by HGVs. We asked residents for their reactions.
Several residents responded. They appeared equally divided. For any trial to take place there would have to be a Triangle-wide vote with at least 70% of respondents in favour of proceeding
Significant changes to the junction at Temple Market are now likely to emerge from the long-awaited Atkins Study into traffic and parking in Weybridge.
The intention of these changes would be to improve traffic flow along both Queens Road and Hanger Hill.
The Committee has been assured that parking and traffic issues in the Triangle will be specifically addressed as part of this study.
The Committee therefore takes the view that it would be premature to consider radical changes within the Triangle until the effects of any such changes are known. Once they are, the Committee will assess whether it would be worthwhile putting the option of a trial of the proposal to a popular vote.
Car Park at the Cricket Green
We understand that Elmbridge’s Officers have been looking at options to split the car park, part for the Cricket club and part for the public. However, they have other priorities at present.
The Committee has asked that if a proposal is developed along these lines, residents be given the opportunity to express their views prior to a decision being made.
Number 6, Pine Grove
In a bid to save this elegant Victorian villa, TRG requested that it be listed locally.
Surrey County Council’s Historic Buildings Officer responded to the effect that nominations for local listing were sought from the public towards the end of last year, but this process has now closed. Surrey is not able to take any new nominations at this stage.
This means that if, as is likely, a planning application is submitted for its demolition and redevelopment, the case for the building’s heritage value would have to be made to the planning officer at that stage in the hope that it would be factored into the decision.
7 newsletters have been published since the last AGM.
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