Horton Cemetery local listing
We are currently asking for the local community’s opinions (and the reasons for their views) on whether Horton Cemetery should be added to the council's local list of buildings, monuments and landscapes which have historical or architectural interest.
Local listing is a concept that is designed to ensure that the historic and architectural interest of buildings, etc that are of local importance, but do not meet the criteria for being nationally listed, are taken account of during the planning process.
If you would like to comment on this, you are invited to do so by 31 August 2021.
Please send any comments via email to LPenman@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.
Public Spaces Protection Orders
We want to hear your views on the introduction of two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These are being proposed as a way of addressing the small number of individuals and groups who commit anti-social behaviour within the borough. PSPOs were introduced by the Government to help councils tackle anti-social behaviour locally, so that public spaces can be enjoyed by everyone.
A current PSPO covers various public areas within Epsom and Ewell and makes it an offence to refuse to stop drinking alcohol or surrender alcohol when requested by the Police or an authorised council person. The proposal seeks to renew the current PSPO, which will shortly expire - full explanation here (PDF may not be accessible for some devices, opens in new window).
A second PSPO is being proposed to cover the use of psychoactive substances, such as nitrous oxide. Concerns have been raised by residents about an increase in drug paraphernalia litter linked to psychoactive substance misuse, in particular the silver nitrous oxide canisters, often left behind in large quantities in parks and other public open spaces - full explanation here (PDF may not be accessible for some devices, opens in new window).
Both consultations are open for your views until 6 September.
Statement of Community Involvement (Planning)
A key document within the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Planning process is the ‘Statement of Community Involvement’. This sets out how local residents, organisations, businesses and others can become involved in both planning policy and responding to planning applications.
The document now requires updating to follow the latest central government guidance as well as changes necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.
The proposed changes to the Statement of Community Involvement can be viewed here
The council welcome comments on the changes in one of three ways:
Building Control Service - Best Value Consultation
Building Control is a statutory service that aims to ensure the safety of buildings and the people who use them. Local authorities are also required to provide an ‘at cost’ (non-profit making) building regulation service.
Due to significant challenges in continuing to deliver the service as currently provided, the Council is consulting on the preferred approach to future service delivery. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council would like to seek the views of residents, council tax payers, business rate payers and representatives of persons who use or are likely to use the Building Control service.
The Building Control service includes: processing fee paid applications and undertaking inspections, for development projects ranging from large commercial construction projects to residential home extensions; processing applications for approved inspector, competent person scheme and demolitions, for which no fees are currently earned, providing support to the emergency services in the event of dangerous structures and; instigating court action when enforcement under the building regulations and associated legislation is required. All the above functions are statutory provisions contained within the 1984 Building Act and associated legislation.
The enquiry can be accessed via the this website's Building Control pages here www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/building-control
Please submit your response by Sunday, 29 August 2021.
See below for the reports on previous consultations.