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Travis Perkins plans slammed in Walton

Builders merchant group Travis Perkins is under fire from local residents in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Dozens of residents have signed a petition against the latest application from the merchant to build a mixed use development with a showroom, storage and distribution unit plus 14 homes, following demolition of the current former Dairy Crest depot.

Planning permissionfor nine flats above a commercial property, has already been granted for the site after being submitted in 2008.

The approved plans will mean heavy goods vehicles will have to mount pavements to gain access.

Last year, Travis Perkins submitted a plan for 14 homes, which was refused by the council due to its scale, bulk and poor design quality. The latest application has been altered slightly and has a more traditional design with amendments to the second block proposed for the site.

The 60-strong petition was handed to Elmbridge Borough Council ahead of a planning committee meeting today (February 20), when the application is due to be discussed.

The residents are complaining about the fact that the proposal includes no on-site car parking space, since they feel the road is already full to capacity, and any increase in parking resulting from the development could lead to “chaos and dispute”.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

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