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On-line petition launched as Rose & Young site exhibition opens

Tuesday, 08 January 2013

The future of the much maligned former Rose & Young garage site in Caterham will move a set forward this month.
An exhibition is being held on Monday January 14 between 1pm and 5pm and Tuesday January 15 between 4pm and 7pm at Caterham's Soper Hall to explore options and opportunities for the site.  
Planning consultant Kember Loudon Williams LLP is working with the owner of the site and hopes to put together a planning application for its redevelopment. Before drawing up a new scheme it would like the views of residents and businesses. 
However John Harvey, Caterham Valley resident for 40 years and retired after a career in property has launched an on-line petition calling for support for a call for prompt action from Tandridge District Council on the site.
 Mr Harvey said: "Locals should be consulted over proposals for development of the site  but, with demolition looking a certainty there is no reason not to get on with this.
The petition reads:
We the undersigned petition Tandridge District Council to demolish Rose & Young Now
1. A notice served by Tandridge DC gives the owner of the
     long-derelict Rose & Young site the alternatives of carrying
     out works or demolishing it by January 13 2013.   TDC can do
     this in default if the owner fails to do so.

2. The announcement that the owner's consultants will be
     holding an exhibition about the future of the site soon after
     the notice expires has raised concern about delaying tactics.

3. Information published on TDC's website outlines four options
     for the site produced by the owner's consultants   .  It
     appears that all of these will result in the existing building
     being demolished. Carrying out works on the building does
     not, therefore, make sense and TDC should use its powers to
     demolish the building promptly if the owner has not done so by
     the time that its notice expires.


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