FROM: Clerk to Parish Council:


Mr G H Dessent 8 Hurst Green Close, Oxted, Surrey RH8 9AN 

Tel: 01883 722400


1st November 2018


TO: Lesley Westphal

Planning Department
Tandridge District Council
8 Station Road East

Dear Ms Westphal,

Re Planning Application 2018/1792 – Moorhouse Tile Works

Limpsfield Parish Council objects to the planning application 2018/1792 Moorhouse Tile Works.

The application proposes, a 5950m2 distribution depot, which will be nearly 11 metres high, to be located in the Green Belt and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The NPPF and Tandridge’s own planning and development policies provide strict guidelines for any development in the Green Belt and the AONB. There are no special circumstances that would justify the considerable harm that this development would do to the Green Belt and the AONB, this application is therefore clearly contrary to current NPPF policies and policies contained in the Tandridge Core Strategy 2008.

The impact of the very substantial increase in traffic flows generated by this development would be detrimental to the local environment and economy, as a result of the increase in traffic and air pollution. We note the concerns regarding traffic, safety and air pollution expressed by Limpsfield CofE Infants School in their objection letter of October 17th.

The Moorhouse location has only sporadic public transport, as a result, employees will have to drive to work, this with the delivery van movements will lead to a very significant increase in traffic volume on local roads. Many of the delivery vans will use our local country lanes. The local rural road network particularly the B269 using Limpsfield High Street and Titsey Hill to the north and the B269 and the country lanes on Limpsfield Chart to the south are totally unsuitable for the volume of parcel van delivery traffic that will be generated by the distribution depot.

Limpsfield High Street is at the heart of the Limpsfield Village Conservation Area. Through traffic is an acknowledged problem as cars, vans and lorries seek to negotiate the narrow street, the draft Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan seeks to find measures to alleviate this problem. Traffic from the proposed development would make it harder to find solutions and add to the harm done by through traffic to the area’s historic character.

Analysis of the data submitted in the transport assessment shows inconsistencies with the transport assessments provided in the previous applications and the data published by DPD for other depots and UK wide. The application understates the catchment area, the number of traffic movements, the volume at rush hour, the capacity of the site and the future growth potential.

When evaluating this application, we believe that consideration should be given not just to the immediate, size, scale and activity resulting from this application, but more importantly to the projections for the future growth of parcel volumes and related delivery traffic movements.

In Appendix A, we provide a summary of the data which we believe to be inconsistent and which requires explanation or clarification, before this application can be properly considered.

As the application acknowledges the jobs created by the distribution depot will be filled by people coming from outside of the district, there will be little or no employment benefit for local residents.

In summary, the proposed location of this application is totally unsuitable particularly given the predominantly rural road network that will be used by the depot related traffic.

The impact of the very substantial increase in traffic flows generated by this development will be detrimental to the local environment and economy. The data and projections provided understate the likely future growth of the depot and as a result the future traffic volume.

For these reasons, Limpsfield Parish Council objects to this proposal and asks that Tandridge District Council reject this application.

Yours Sincerely

Geoff Dessent
Clerk to Limpsfield Parish Council


APPENDIX A- Inconsistent DPD Data Requiring Explanation or Clarification

1. Typical Day deliveries of 17,317 parcels is not consistent with either the Catchment Area annual figure or the national average. This is 5 times normal day delivery see Table 8, page 82 Transport 1.

2. The seasonal figure of 25,000 parcels per day is not consistent with Typical Day deliveries for 14th February 2017, when compared with the three sites of Cardiff, Dagenham and Dunstable.

3. The application for Moorhouse uses much higher levels of parcels per LGV when compared to the DPD national average and especially so for the Seasonal and Growth forecasts.

4. The morning rush hour exit figures from Moorhouse are not consistent with those shown from the three sites (Cardiff, Dagenham and Dunstable) for normal day deliveries (38.7% compared to 57.1%).

5. The 25,000 parcels maximum estimate for Moorhouse is inconsistent with the data for other sites.

6. The future growth forecast of 20% is not consistent with any of the published DPD data or the planned expansion of parcel deliveries from DPD hubs.

7. The 2016 application Catchment Area had a population of 1,000,000 West and 900,000 East, the 2018 application Catchment Area has shrunk to 79,000 West and 263,000 East.

10:46, 02 Nov 2018 by Geoff Dessent





If you have any queries, please


On-street parking enforcement is the responsibility of Surrey County Council (SCC). In Tandridge district, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is commissioned by SCC to deliver parking enforcement services.


In recent months, we have become aware of a number of on-street parking enforcement issues across the district and have been working with SCC to agree a solution.


This includes reaching in-principle agreement with SCC for the delivery of on-street parking enforcement to come back to Tandridge District Council. We feel this absolutely makes sense as we can then ensure a more responsive service is provided that deals with local issues.


At present, we are modelling a number of delivery options and we will be asking SCC to agree our proposals in the autumn. This will hopefully see a new service in place for next year.


We are really keen to work with Parish Councils as we develop options for a new service. We know that Parish Councils are best-placed to understand local issues we are keen to hear your thoughts about the current service and t you would like to see a new service deliver.


After initial conversations, some of the key issues being raised include:


  • General non-compliance
  • Lack of churn of parking spaces
  • Poor and inconsiderate parking near schools
  • Double yellow lines not being enforced


A number of Parish Councils have also expressed a desire to be able to ‘top up’ parking enforcement services to deal with specific, local issues.


We would be grateful if Parishes could complete the questionnaire below and return to Nikki Tagg, Project Specialist at by 19 September 2018.


If you would prefer to discuss your answers in person, or would like to discuss your answers in greater detail with TDC, please contact us. You can also find out more about our on-street parking review on our website.


  1. Parish Council Information

Name of Parish Council:


Name/role of individual completing the form:

G Dessent

Contact number:

01883 722400

Contact e-mail address:







  1. What is your overall view of on-street enforcement within your Parish? Do you think the current level of enforcement is sufficient?  


No. Most of Limpsfield parish is green belt and on-street parking enforcement is generally not an issue, but in the non-green belt area, in or near Oxted town centre and in Limpsfield High Street, parking enforcement is non-existent or at best sporadic.



  1. Are there any specific areas / streets in your Parish where you think the current level of enforcement is not sufficient? Please provide details where possible.


Limpsfield High Street, parking on double yellow lines, parking on pavements, parking on public footpaths, existing parking restrictions and general observance of Highway Code are not enforced


Station Road East lack of enforcement of existing on-street parking restrictions. Certain areas of Station Road East (outside HSBC) do not have the necessary parking notices displayed, which means that vehicles are parked there all day without any enforcement.


Granville Road, Gresham Road and Detillens Lane (east and west ends), existing on-street parking restrictions are not properly enforced. Cars are regularly parked in these roads during the restricted period.




  1. A number of Parish Councils have expressed a desire to be able to ‘top up’ parking enforcement services to deal with specific, local issues. Is this something your Parish Council would be interested in? Please provide details where possible.


The Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan makes specific reference to better parking enforcement on pages 42 and 48 of the document. LPC would in principle be prepared to contribute to the cost of extra on-street parking enforcement in the parish, this being dependent on the level of extra enforcement proposed, the cost and the performance monitoring process agreed.





09:43, 19 Oct 2018 by Geoff Dessent


Date: 12th October 2018


Dear Member/ Councillor/ Parish Clerk,

I am writing to let you know about our concern over the impact of Ash die back disease on Staffhurst Wood.

You may be aware that Ash die back disease (Chalara) is now prevalent throughout Surrey and the wider country. The disease has been spreading rapidly since it was first identified in the UK in 2012. Research highlights that over 95% of Ash trees are likely to be affected. Infected trees unfortunately succumb to the disease from the canopy downwards. They can drop branches without warning during this process. Trees also become more susceptible to honey fungus which is capable of destroying root systems with the risk of sudden and unexpected tree failure. This year Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) has already removed 80 failing Ash trees across the estate we manage.

This means that Ash dieback is now creating an enhanced health and safety risk within our woods. We need to deal with this situation and keep people as safe as we can. Therefore I am writing to let you know that woodland operations will need to take place this winter on Staffhurst Wood.

The work is being organised by SWT in consultation with Natural England, Forestry Commission (FC) and Surrey County Council. The works on this site will remove Ash trees within 30m each side of Rights of Way, permissive paths, car parks and road verges.

These works will be predominantly undertaken with forestry machinery designed specifically for woodland works of this nature. This is the safest and most efficient way to carry out these works given the complexity of removing dead and dying trees and the risk to chainsaw operators of falling branches.

The selected contractor undertaking this work has a proven track record of delivering sustainable and conservation sensitive woodland management. Ecological surveys have been undertaken and works will conform to FC best practice.

Once work is underway, pathways will only be closed if it is required for health and safety reasons and signage will be clearly displayed during this time. They will be reopened as soon as possible after the works. The contractor has been instructed to ensure safe passage of visitors when using any shared access routes.

We are hosting a guided walk for residents and members of the public to talk through the planned work and the impact of the disease in more detail. A walk for residents and councillors will be held on Sunday 4rd November at 10:00 – 10:45. This will give local people the opportunity to ask any questions. If you would like to attend the walk please let us know in advance by contacting us on and we will be happy to provide you with the details.

Local residents who may be affected by the operation will also be contacted by letter to inform them of the work and the walk. We will also be holding a second walk for site users who may not live nearby.

For more information on Ash dieback please look at the Forestry Commission website:

If you have any questions, please contact or call 01483 910 087.



Yours sincerely

James Adler

Director of Land Management

Surrey Wildlife Trust

06:44, 16 Oct 2018 by Geoff Dessent


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