Elmbridge Borough Council has reassessed its housing need through to 2035 and concluded that it will need to nearly double the number of new houses built to 474 per annum. This cannot be met from existing brown field sites alone and it will have a massive impact on our green belt.
One of the options is to classify that part of the green belt as "weakly performing" and make it available for development. Elmbridge BC has classified three areas as such; two of which are in the Cobham area:-
We are not talking about a few houses but big estates.
If these proposals were carried through they would have a devastating effect on our community:
There is at present no joined up thinking between local authorities. The Guildford proposal for over 2000 houses at Wisley has now been appealed and there will be a public enquiry. If this were to go ahead it will put massive pressure on our infrastructure before even thinking about Elmbridge's proposals above.
The key dates are:
One of our senior Elmbridge councillors, Cllr James Browne, has agreed to speak at the next Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust open meeting at the Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. More details at www.cobhamheritage.org.uk