Developers want to build 2068 new homes here
at Three Farms Meadows, the former Wisley Airfield
Map of the new 2068 home development at
Three Farms Meadows, the former Wisley Airfield
Views across Three Farms Meadows, the former Wisley Airfield
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and Brandon Lewis MP from the Department for Communities and Local Government have released a press release today (Sat 4 Oct 2014) saying that Councils must protect our precious green belt land. Guidance to be published on Mon 6 Oct 2014 will explain that once established, green belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional cases, through the preparation or review of the Local Plan.
It also states that housing need – including for traveller sites – does not justify the harm done to the green belt by inappropriate development.
Eric Pickles said:
This government has been very clear that when planning for new buildings, protecting our precious green belt must be paramount. Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see the vital green lungs around their towns and cities to unnecessary development.
Today’s guidance will ensure councils can meet their housing needs by prioritising brownfield sites, and fortify the green belt in their area.
Brandon Lewis said:
We have put Local Plans at the heart of the reformed, planning system, so councils and local people can now decide where development should and shouldn’t go.
Support for new housing is growing, because communities welcome development if it is built in the right place and does not ignore their needs. That’s why 230,000 planning permissions were granted by councils in the last year alone, while the most recent official statistics show that green belt development is at its lowest rate since modern records began in 1989.
For the full press release click on the link below:
Lets hope our Councils take this on board.
On Monday at 5pm consultation closes on the Draft Guildford plan which amongst other things includes proposals for a 2,000 dwelling development on the site of the old Wisley Airfield. We as a group are very concerned at the implications of this draft plan and the possible Wisley housing development.
We have already submitted an earlier comment and shall be submitting further comments on Monday. Although we are on the periphery of this area it could still affect us for two reasons: weakening and developing the green belt will have repercussions on all green belt land and particularly that land nearby ie. in our area. Secondly the proposed development at Wisley will cause major problems to our already inadequate infrastructure and overcrowded roads.
So if you wish to submit a comment please do so post haste.
Cobham Free School has announced they have found another site on which to build a new school in place of the abandoned plan to build on Chippings Farm.
Unfortunately it is still on Green Belt land alongside Anvil Lane behind the Leg O'Mutton field. Here is a link to a map:- Anvil Lane Map, the field to the left is the area proposed we believe.
There will be more news on this soon. In the meantime you can read the CFS press release here www.cobhamfreeschool.org.uk/news/cfs-secures-permanent-site-for-senior-dept
We would like to draw your attention to this latest planning application at Norwood Farm which is close to Chippings Farm on the Portsmouth Road.
Proposal: Construction of new rural business centre, conversion of existing stable building to B1 office use, alterations to existing green keeper building and construction of new green keeper building on footprint of existing buildings (2,766 sq.m net increase)
Location: Norwood Farm Buildings, Old Common Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BS
Application Number: 2014/1993
It is described as "a rural business centre". It is in the Green Belt and what is proposed is, in fact, a commercial office development of 2,766 sq. metres (30,000 sq. feet) – a large development with 65 or more car park spaces and up to 200 employees. Our community needs to ask whether there is any case for this large development in the Green Belt on what was a farm and consider the wider implications.
There is at present a varied collection of farm buildings. Will the proposed new development have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing buildings? Undoubtedly, as current permitted use takes in green management for the Burhill Golf Course (with storage of machinery for that which will be dislocated) and very small-scale artisan and equine use. The Applicant states that only 17 employees are currently involved.
The access will be via Elvedon Road off and onto Portsmouth Road. The location is far from reliable or convenient public transport and to discourage car use the Applicant proposes a shuttle bus to and from Esher Station at peak times and to Esher at lunch time. But employees will commute from other directions and how long before employees supposed to use a bus took to their cars? The Cobham Green Belt (CGB) group believes there would be heavy additional vehicle use, adding to local traffic, not only from that but also from numerous regular deliveries and visitors.
There would be no benefit to the local Cobham community, just loss of amenity. The proposals would significantly affect the amenities of the residential occupiers of Norwood Farmhouse, who are at present in a rural situation but could potentially have a full scale office development on their doorstep.
The CGB group believes that this Application for a significant development contravenes the objects of the Green Belt. If permitted it could set a dangerous precedent. The CGB group will be writing to the Planning Department at Elmbridge objecting. It would ask members to also write objecting if they can.
This application comes at a time when Cargills have notified a change (as new regulations entitle them to) of use of their extensive premises at Knowle Hill Park, off the Fairmile Lane, from business to residential in the form of 21 flats, indicating a lack of business demand. These premises are not dissimilar in size to what the Applicant looks to add in the Norwood Farm proposals.