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Developers grilled over revised plans to build 705 homes on Tolworth's Toby Jug site

Developers faced a grilling as they presented renewed plans to build 705 homes on Tolworth’s Toby Jug site – more than a decade after designs first surfaced.

European investment firm Meyer Bergman aims to build the homes on the site in Hook Rise South near Tolworth station. It will also build a doctor’s surgery, nursery, convenience store and 356 car parking spaces. It presented its second planning application at a Development Control Committee pre-decision meeting at the Richard Mayo Centre, in Eden Street, last night. A previous application was rejected in March due to its “scale and density”.?

The renewed proposals, developed by architecture firm JTP, include the removal of the two tallest blocks, which were 15 and 18 storeys in height, and the creation of a town square.

Transport for London (TfL) said the application fit with its plan for London, and that any traffic concerns had been alleviated. But residents and councillors questioned why the number of homes – 705 – had not changed from the previous application.

Councillors on the committee were not allowed to comment for procedural reasons, but did question the developers on air quality, density and why they had chosen only to submit an outline application. Previous owners Tesco submitted their first planning application for the Toby Jug site in 2005, but struggled to gain planning permission for almost a decade amid fierce opposition from residents. The application will be decided at a Development Control Committee meeting at the Guildhall on Wednesday, July 6.

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