Chapter 12 - REDHILL TOWN CENTRE INSET AREA

ENHANCEMENT

Pedestrian Priority Area

12.1 Policy Rd 1 deleted (2005) as works completed.

Parking Provision

12. 2 Redhill's stock of public car parking spaces has been under increasing pressure from the town's revival as a shopping centre, its popularity as an employment location, and its main line railway services, which attract computer parking. Although The Belfry shopping scheme in particular has added to the stock of short-stay spaces, the key problem is a lack of long-stay spaces and the consequent inundation of adjacent residential areas by local and London-bound commuter parking.

12. 3 In order to maintain Redhill's role as a major town centre, and to bring relief to nearby residential areas, additional car parking provision is vital. However, there is no further land available for surface car park sites, leaving multi-storey parking as the only realistic option for increasing provision. In this context only the existing surface car park at Gloucester Road is large enough for such a proposal.

Policy Rd 2

The Borough Council will seek to increase the provision of public car parking spaces at the Gloucester Road car park, Redhill, as shown on the Proposals Map, by the construction of a multi-storey car park. Any proposal must comply with the appropriate design and layout policies of this Local Plan.

Amplification

(1) Access to the car park will be via the existing entrance road from Gloucester Road.
(2) The Borough Council will investigate the possibility of private funding or development related funding for this proposal in view of the high cost of construction and the limited public resources available.

INTEGRATED MIXED USE SCHEMES

South-East Quadrant, Redhill

12. 4 To achieve a further expansion of Redhill’s retail role, the South East Quadrant is identified for a primarily retail development to take place later in the Local Plan period.

12. 5 In order to maximise this remaining major opportunity, the site includes all the High Street property, including that south of Marketfield Road, together with the discothèque site on the eastern side of Marketfield Way. This area includes not only shops and offices but also public car parking and places used for community and entertainment purposes. It will be an important principle of redevelopment that the existing community and entertainment facilities are re-accommodated.

Policy Rd 3

The Borough Council will encourage the redevelopment of land fronting 2-84 High Street, 16-36 Station Road and land east of Marketfield Way, Redhill, as shown on the Proposals Map, primarily for retail floorspace. In addition to any business use, the Borough Council will require the provision of replacement and additional public car parking and the provision of entertainment facilities. The development must comply with policies Sh 3, Em 5, Em 7 and the appropriate design and layout policies of this Local Plan.

Amplification

(1) Retail floorspace on this Integrated Mixed Use Scheme site should be contained within the defined Shopping Area west of Marketfield Way, as shown on the Proposals Map.
(2) Vehicular access to the South East Quadrant will be determined by the County and Borough Councils following joint assessment. Separate development of land north and south of Marketfield Road (south) may be achievable provided that the vehicular, pedestrian, and environmental impacts of the first development undertaken do not have an adverse effect on subsequent development.
(3) Identification of the entire Station Road and High Street frontage property does not necessarily imply the need for total demolition and redevelopment. Indeed, the Borough Council would favour investigation into the possible retention of parts of the site's Victorian heritage.
(4) Any property not redeveloped must be provided with adequate servicing facilities.

North-West Quadrant, Redhill

12. 6 This site includes a small group of shops (Central Parade) built in the 1960s, together with adjoining property to the west through which the site takes its vehicular access. Central Parade was set back from London Road to a road widening line which has since been abandoned. Consequently there is scope for a redevelopment which makes better use of its site and which provides accommodation better able to meet modern requirements.

12. 7 A requirement of any redevelopment would be to provide an improved standard of rear servicing to the northern side of Station Road, thus removing the danger and disruption caused by the need for service vehicles to use Station Road itself.

Policy Rd 4

The Borough Council will encourage the redevelopment of land on the west side of London Road and along the south side of Queensway, Redhill, as shown on the Proposals Map, which makes provision primarily for retail floorspace. In addition to servicing facilities for the development, rear servicing provision will be required for properties fronting the north side of Station Road. The development must comply with policies Sh 3, Em 5, Em 7 and the appropriate design and layout policies of this Local Plan.

Amplification

(1) Identification of the Queensway properties, and London Road premises north of Central Parade, does not imply the need for comprehensive redevelopment, but does require the servicing and integration of these to be fully considered within any design for redevelopment.

2-8 Gloucester Road, Redhill

12. 8 Policy Rd 5 deleted (2005) as development is completed.

27-37, Brighton Road, Redhill

12. 9 Policy Rd 6 deleted (2005) as development is completed.

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