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 Catherine de Bruin