Reference 15/P/00012 –revised application by Wisley Property Investment Limited to build 2068 homes on the former Wisley Airfield site
We have been asked by many to provide guidance on the key points which should be included in objection letters for the planning application referenced above. Whether you objected last time or whether you are new to this abomination, please seriously consider writing now if you feel as strongly as we do. This is the thin end of our local wedge as far as green belt development is concerned. Please object in your own words picking out the points shown below which worry you most; you don't need to include every point.
* The additional 5,000 residents is the equivalent of adding 50% to the population of Cobham, Downside and Hatchford.
* The proposed housing density is completely out of keeping with the surrounding rural area – multi-storey buildings are not appropriate in a rural environment.
* The resulting impact on light pollution, traffic and infrastructure has been gravely underestimated. Suggested measures in mitigation are totally inadequate.
* The cumulative impact of development on the neighbouring boroughs of Elmbridge and Mole Valley has not been taken into account.
* The air quality surrounding the site of the proposed development gives grave cause for concern as levels of NO2 already exceed the EU limit due in part to the proximity of the M25, the A3 and Cobham services.
* The closure of Plough Lane between Cobham and Ockham and other local roads coupled with a massive increase in traffic will impact a large number of local road users.
* Any site that is dependent on the use of private motor car cannot be considered justifiable.
* The proposed public transport provision is unrealistic given the nature of the roads in question. The suggestion that residents will walk or cycle to a rail station on narrow, winding, unlit roads without pavements or cycle lanes is incredible.
* A suggestion of use of Cobham & Stoke D'Abernon Station by the new population would, even if plausible, add to congestion, parking difficulties and pollution.
* This huge proposed development would damage habitats of the protected and endangered rare species in contravention of the EU Birds Directives and Habitats Regulations.
* The siting of a proposed Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space adjacent to the Thames Basin Heath Special Protected Area and Sites of Scientific Interest will only increase visitor numbers causing further damage to that.
* The introduction of pets as well as humans is what devastates wildlife.
What has changed? In our view, very little of such substance that starts to justify the proposed development. Most of the new documents look to turn the tide of opposition to the development but fail to impress for that purpose. The suggestion is now to phase in the development up to 2030. The reduction of the total housing to 2068 is by a mere 32 dwellings and if anything the size of the proposed development is larger.
Even if you objected previously, the QC's advice is that a new objection will carry significantly more weight; so please don't delay. Whilst the date for consultation has been informally extended to the end of February 2016, we strongly advise you to get your letters in soon.
Please tell your friends and neighbours about this latest planning application which could have a major impact on our local area – we have no intention of letting the developers wear us down. The Wisley Action Group planning team, the Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust and the Cobham Green Belt Group, have all burned the midnight oil on this one – it is now over to you!! Very many thanks for your support.
As expected the proposed development of Wisley Airfield is back on the scene, following an announcement by Guildford Borough Council before Christmas that the decision had been put back to the Spring of 2016.
During the first week of January 2016, those of you who objected previously will have received notification of an amended proposal for the land at the former Wisley Airfield – Application No.15/P/0012, for outline planning permission for the phased development of a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings together with associated infrastructure, including access on to the A3 (Ockham interchange) Ockham Lane and Old Lane, and revised access to Elm Corner.
Observations relating to the application must be made within 21 days (27th January) quoting the reference number in any correspondence.
No objections from last time are carried forward; they must be put in afresh, together with those of you who hopefully will now want to object for the first time. It is obvious that the Developers are seeking to wear us down . . they will not!! We are already liaising with the Wisley Action Group who are meeting to formulate and issue guidance for those who wish to object. It is anticipated that the Action Group will provide us with such guidance by the 18 January. So at this stage please do nothing, unless you want to read through the volumes forming the application. We will then publish more information on the key issues we consider should be included in objections sent to the Guildford Council Planning Department. We would also like to remind anyone who intends to send in a letter or email to Guildford Council about this application, that your postal address must be included otherwise it will be ignored, and you should, of course, also quote the Application number.
Although not in Elmbridge, this proposed development on Green Belt land will have a detrimental impact on our area and way of life, given its close proximity to Cobham.
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An Application has been submitted by Wisley Property Inv. Ltd to Guildford Borough Council to build 2100 homes on Wisley Airfield, as well as a school (not secondary), care home and shops. In addition, a 120-acre countryside area, football pitches and a 4G hockey pitch are envisaged. It would be the third largest settlement in the Guildford Borough area and about half the size of Cobham.
Wisley Airfield is on the opposite side of the A3 to RHS Wisley Gardens and is in the proximity of Downside, Ockham, Hatchford and Elm Corner and is in the Metropolitan Green Belt.
If this were approved, there would be a very adverse effect on all of the nearby areas including Cobham, Downside, Stoke d'Abernon and Oxshott.
If you wish to object, the closing date for objections is 31 March 2015 and the following are some of the reasons for objection you might like to consider:
You may like to view additional information at the Wisley Action Group website: wisleyactiongroup.co.uk
Article provided on behalf of the Cobham & Downside Residents' Association, Cobham Green Belt Group and the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust
The planning application to turn Three Farm Meadows (formerly known as Wisley Airfield) into a small town of 2100 homes has been received by the Guildford Borough Council. Residents can comment on the application until the 31st March 2015. The council planning department have until the 7th August 2015 to determine the application.
There is an associated article on the Get Surrey website: Plans for Wisley airfield site a 'massive assault' on green belt
Please Respond to the Elmbridge Green Belt Consultation
Elmbridge Borough Council wants to remove three large areas of land from the Green Belt to build thousands of houses.
Look at our guidance notes on our "How to Respond" and "Action Plan" pages and be part of the consultation, otherwise no response will be taken as acceptance and the Green Belt will be lost! You need to respond by 4pm on Friday 24th February 2017.