The Jockey Club proposes to build 318 apartments (up to 6 storeys high) and a 150 bed hotel at various locations around the racecourse. The whole of Sandown Park is in the Greenbelt and we do not believe this development should be allowed.
Sandown park, Esher
Hotel Site: A 150 bed hotel is proposed to be built on the current car parking site for Sandown Park off the Portsmouth Road. This would be extremely damaging to the landscape of Esher and also require a proposed additional car park to be built on a new site on Esher Greenbelt accessible from More Lane. See the before and after architects impressions of how massive the proposed hotel would be. Our open views across the racecourse will be lost forever.
Site 1: 15 apartments (1-3 storeys high) are in very close proximity to the rear of residential housing on Esher Green at the top of More Lane. The proposed access to this site would be within the Esher Conservation Area and onto an already busy and narrow road due to necessary street parking.
Site 2: 1 large block of 49 apartments on the already congested Portsmouth Road.
Site 3: 9 blocks with 114 apartments is on Lower Green Road at the busy and accident prone corner where it joins with More Lane. There are currently 7 homes for Sandown Staff on this site, 4 of which are bungalows. Policy states that you can extend or replace existing buildings on greenbelt land with those with the same volume or with an addition of 10%. The Jockey Club assured Esher residents that they were going to keep the “green buffer” which is between Lower Green Road and the racecourse. However they have submitted plans where they want to use this "green buffer” as a car park.
Site 4: 70 1-3 bedroom apartments, 4-6 storeys) is also on Greenbelt off Station Road behind Cafe Rouge. The proposed access to the site will be within metres of the busy junction with Portsmouth Road. Numerous times each day the queue of traffic to turn on to Portsmouth Road stretches beyond the entrance to Esher Station.
Site 5: 4 blocks with 68 apartments (3-4 storeys) on the very busy Portsmouth Road.