Elmbridge Green Belt Consultation
The Elmbridge Council Consultation was due to conclude on Friday 24th February 2017. We hope you had your say regarding the removal of two large areas of land in the Cobham, Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott areas from the Green Belt and about other aspects of the Local Plan.
This isn't the end. There will be a further consultation later in the year when Elmbridge has analysed the comments and drafted a new Local Plan, which we hope will not involve building on the Green Belt. The CDRA and other local groups will continue to work together on this topic and hope to contribute further to the formulation of the Plan.
For the latest news go to www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk
Local Plan and Green Belt Review - Consultation - Please Respond - Deadline Extended
The following email was sent to CDRA members and was also circulated by other local organisations.
Elmbridge Borough Council (“The Council”) is proposing to remove Green Belt status from 2 areas of land either side of Cobham plus one in Long Ditton to allow for housing development of up to 1,000 houses in each location to meet a projected shortfall of 5,755 homes in the borough. The local areas are:
- The area between Stoke d’Abernon and Oxshott – Knowle Hill Park, Fairmile Park and north of Blundel Lane, including the Polyapes Scout Camp
- The area in Cobham between the A3 and the west of the Portsmouth Road - The Fairmile and Chippings Farm.
The Consultation is a formal process and the dealine has just been extended from 10 February and will now finish at 4pm on Friday 24 February 2017. Please respond well before then.
A number of local residents have suggested it would be helpful to have guidance on possible responses to the Green Belt Consultation Questionnaire, which is a lengthy and complicated document. The local organisations: Stoke D'Abernon Residents Assoc., Cobham & Downside Residents Assoc. Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust, Cobham Green Belt Group and FEDORA (Oxshott) have joined together and produced a guide which may help.
Having read the Strategic Options Consultation and the other numerous documents on the website and attended the Council’s Drop-In Meetings we have provided some ideas and suggestions for responses to the on-line questionnaire which can be accessed through the link below.
To try and make it as easy for you as possible we have included both the questions and response suggestions (in blue italics). Because of the way the Questionnaire is cast it has not been an easy exercise for us and you may yourself find responding far from easy. We feel it is most important that you respond to Part 1 of the Questionnaire which focuses on the Green Belt. We have gone on to draft possible responses to a number of questions (but not all) in Part 2 which addresses housing, economy and retail, the environment and transport and infrastructure. We have provided some thoughts in the Any Other Issues section for consideration if you are so minded.
Remember completed questionnaires (either via the on-line Consultation Portal, by email or on paper) must be returned by 4pm on Friday 24 February 2017. All individuals are able to respond – it is not limited to one per household.
Please click here to view/download the Suggested Responses document.
NB - the document via the link above provides suggestions. We strongly suggest you amend and use your own words and add to it with your views.
Responses need to be completed in one of 3 ways:
- Use the on-line Consultation portal consult.elmbridge.gov.uk/consult.ti/lpsoc/consultationHome. You will need to go on line and register first.
- Alternatively save the document and e-mail to:
- If you do not have email you can request a paper copy. Ring Michael Corbett at EBC on his direct line of 01372 474823 to request a copy which will be posted direct to you and needs to be returned to : Planning Policy, Planning Services, Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD
We have emailing this to all CDRA members who have provided us with an email address. The other organisations are doing the same for their members and we apologise if you receive multiple copies of the email.
PLEASE DO RESPOND – THIS IS A CRITICAL THREAT TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
WITH THE RISK OF UP TO 2,000 HOUSES BEING BUILT IN OUR IMMEDIATE AREA
Other Hot Topics
Here are some of the other bigger items of concern just now. To find out more about them go to our Hot Topics page.
- M25 Junction 10/A3 Wisley Interchange - Consultation until 6th February 2017 on proposed improvements to the interchange.
- Former Wisley Airfield Planning Application - Refused by Guildford Borough Council on 6th April but in October the applicant appealed against the decision. The site is still in their draft Local Plan and a public consultation on this Plan closed 18th July.