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
An application to build a wood burning gasification incinerator (Biomass Plant) on Green Belt land in Redhill Road, near Silvermere has gone to appeal. This small scale power station which is only 1.5 miles west from the centre of Cobham would generate 2.5 megawatts of electricity an hour by burning 30,000 tonnes of imported wood each year.
The campaign group "No Elmbridge Waste Incinerator" successfully fought the original application which resulted in both the Elmbridge Borough Council and the Surrey County Council refusing the application. The group is working hard to oppose the appeal and has applied for rule six status which means it can take on the developer SAS Waste Ltd at a similar level which gives it more chance of defeating the appeal. The date for comments from interested parties has now closed (5 Dec 2013) with the appeal due to be considered on the 4th March 2014.
The plan was originally rejected on the grounds that the applicant had failed to demonstrate a "very special circumstance" which would outweigh harm to the Green Belt.
The Cala Homes and Cobham Free School Consultation exhibition took place on Thursday 28th November 2013 at the Gospel Hall, Anyards Road, Cobham. The exhibition wasn't advertised a great deal and it seems that many residents in Cobham and the surrounding area didn't receive a leaflet advertising the exhibition until either the day before or not at all. As a result many were unable to attend.
As expected, the new development proposes to use Green Belt land at Chippings Farm, off the Portsmouth Road between the Fairmile Hotel and Old Common. The land occupied by the development and the proposed access points are shown below.
The land covers 22.5 hectacres (approximately 31 international football pitches) and is owned by Burhill Group Ltd or one of its associated companies. The Burhill Group is privately owned by members of the Guinness family.
The building of the school itself will cost £14 million which will be funded by the government. We understand that the land for the school is being offered on the condition that the housing development is given planning permission and Cala Homes have confirmed that
The school and housing must be brought forward together and one cannot proceed without the other.
The land used for housing could provide up to 500 new homes. Cala Homes acknowledges that the development will generate additional traffic.
This proposal will inevitably generate additional traffic on the Cobham Lodge Roundabout at the junction of Portsmouth Road and Between Streets and also the Cobham Bridge Roundabout at the access to the Sainsbury's store. The alternative route to Junction 9 on the M25 via Fairmile Lane, Miles Lane, Sandy Lane and the A244 will also be investigated.
The Free School when combined with the recently opened primary school, seeks to offer an all through model right through to a selective Sixth Form by 2020. The school will then reach a capacity of around 700 pupils.
Cala Homes have published the material displayed at the exhibition in the form of a PDF file. You can download and view the file here. This file is almost 6MB and may take a short while to download depending on your Internet connection speed.
Following the completion of the Guildford Borough Council Local Plan - Issues & Options consultation on the 29th Nov 2013, the Council Leader Stephen Mansbridge has issued the following statement on behalf of the Guildford Borough Council Conservative group.
The Issues and Options consultation has now closed. It took more than three years to amass the background documents which, in total, ran to more than 2,500 pages. We were advised that all this work was necessary in order to prove to the National Planning Inspectorate that we have indeed considered all the options.
We, as a group, decided to engage deeply with our residents and in as neutral a way as possible. With a task of this scale, we gave clear guidance to the planning service at GBC and they did their best to ensure that the consultation was properly conducted. We recognise that this required many of you to undertake a lot of reading and we thank you for your trouble and your interest.
There has been a significant response to the consultation with something in excess of 10,000 responses and there are still more to count. In comparison to previous consultations, this can be considered to have been very successful and we thank all of you for your hard work.
Guildford Borough Council opened their consultation period for their "Local Plan Strategy and Sites Issues and Options" document from the 1st October to 29th November 2013. A number of exhibitions and workshops were held in and around the areas affected. The consultation is now closed.
The Cobham Heritage Trust has responded to the consultation and you can see their letter here.
Guildford Borough Council have a dedicated website at guildfordlocalplan.info where further details can be found. You can also download a copy of the "Local Plan Strategy and Sites Issues and Options" document from here. This file is 11MB and may take a short while to download depending on your Internet connection speed.