Sam has told Tandridge District Council that more HGVs on Oxted’s roads could prove a “tipping point” for local residents. In particular, Sam is concerned that the developers of the Moorhouse Tiles site, Roxhill, have submitted a second application to convert the site to a ‘Super Depot’ for the parcel delivery business DPD which could lead to thousands more vehicles, including HGVs, on local roads. This is in spite of previous applications which were refused, something which has no mention in the application itself.
DPD’s own website makes it clear that the planned facilities are capable of delivery of up to 25,000 parcels per day, over three times above what is stated in the planing application. It is estimated that in reality, traffic movements will be very similar to the first application, which could have led to an extra 494 vehicles plus 26 HGVs being placed on an already busy road system.
In a recent letter to the Chief Planning Officer at Tandridge District Council, Sam has sternly raised objections on behalf of many constituents who are strongly opposed to the plans. The issue of HGVs on Oxted’s roads is of serious concern in Nutfield and Bletchingley, which are struggling with the high volume of HGVs passing through the villages. If approved, this could cause similar concerns in Westerham, Oxted, Limpsfield and Godstone.
“I have registered my objections to this application in the strongest terms. The volumes of HGV movements which will result from approval cannot be accommodated on the roads leading to and from the site. The A25 is already prone to congestion at the Limpsfield traffic lights to the West, and Westerham to the East cannot accommodate HGVs at all. Numerous large vehicles on narrow country lanes are a recipe for disaster. “
“Sections of the A25, notably Nutfield and Bletchingley, are already struggling with the numbers of HGVs passing through their villages and approval of this application could be a tipping point. Frankly, it is unacceptable to local residents and unacceptable for me.”