LRA members have made it clear that traffic passing through Laleham, particularly HGV traffic, is a serious problem. There was an overwhelming feeling at our AGM last June that this is your number one worry and should be our number one concern. Shepperton and Charlton Village have similar issues and the three residents associations have formed a Joint Committee (JRAC) to tackle this issue.
Our goal is to ensure that the entire Littleton Lane site is closed and the land restored to Green Belt by 21st Feb 2020. This site is a major source of HGV traffic in our area.
The JRAC had their second meeting with Planning Officers from Surrey and Spelthorne on 8th Feb 2018. We learned that Surrey recently met with site owners, Brett, and expressed resident’s views about the February 2020 closure of the entire site. It was reported that Brett are “mindful” of this deadline, but are still in the process of obtaining geological information to ascertain the viability of extracting the last bit of gravel from the site. Although counter-intuitive, we actually want them to do this. Extraction would trigger clearance of the industrial estate and lead to the SP98 reconstruction that we want. It is disappointing that this is taking so long and we would urge Brett to prioritise this decision.
Spelthorne planners have been investigating aerial photographs and records for the industrial estate and are continuing to piece together the history of the site. This work is ongoing as there is uncertainty about the age of some of the premises and businesses which have been established over the years without permission. Council power to evict these businesses is time barred if they can meet certain criteria.
In the end, the closure of Littleton Lane may lie entirely in the hands of Brett, as the enforcement powers of Surrey County and Spelthorne Borough Councils have diminished over time.
Residents sincerely hope that Brett show respect for the local community who have tolerated so much HGV traffic, by clearing the entire site and honouring the 106 agreement to return this land to Green Belt by Feb 2020.
Residents request that SBC and SCC planning professionals and Councillors work together in this regard. We ask that the views of local residents are continually expressed to Brett and that negotiations are pursued vigorously.
There will be another meeting at the end of April.