Elmbridge Borough 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:
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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 Consultation is a formal process and concludes on 4pm on Friday 10 February 2017. Stop Press! Elmbridge have agreed to extend the closing date to 4pm on Friday 24th February 2017.
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 this document provides some ideas and suggestions for responses to the on-line questionnaire.
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.
To view the suggested responses and our suggested action plan click View Action Plan
Responses need to be completed in one of 3 ways:
Planning Policy, Planning Services
Elmbridge Borough Council
Civic Centre, High Street,
Esher, Surrey, KT10 9SD
If you need any help or guidance please contact your local Organisation by email:-
We will be emailing all our 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
As mentioned in a previous post, Elmbridge Borough Council has begun a public consultation to remove three areas from our local Green Belt, two of which are in the Cobham area.
The three areas concerned are:-
This consultation process will conclude on the 10 February 2017.
You can find out more about what is proposed and how it might affect you by attending one of the drop in sessions provided by the council as detailed below and by reading the documentation on the Elmbridge Borough Council website via the following link:
|Tue 10 January 2017||7-9pm||Lecture Hall, 1st Floor Weybridge Library, Church St, Weybridge KT13 8DE|
|Wed 11 January 2017||7-9pm||Cobham Community Centre, Oakdene Road, Cobham KT11 2LY|
|Tue 17 January 2017||2pm||Stoke d’Abernon Village Hall, Station Road, Stoke D'Abernon KT11 3BN|
|Thu 19 January 2017||7-9pm||Hinchley Wood Secondary School, Claygate Lane, Esher KT10 0AQ|
|Mon 23 January 2017||7-9pm||Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Bridge Street, Walton-on-Thames KT12 1AU|
|Thu 26 January 2017||7-9pm||Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD|
|Sat 4 February 2017||10-2pm||Civic Centre, High Street, Esher KT10 9SD|
Our team is analysing the information provided and we will provide more information on this website which we feel will be helpful during this consultaion period.
Other local organisations including Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, Cobham & Downside Residents' Assoc., Stoke D'Abernon Residents' Assoc. and Oxshott Residents' Assoc. are also very concerned and you will no doubt hear from them if you are a member.
To ensure you are kept informed please subscribe to our Cobham Green Belt newsletter by clicking here www.cobhamgreenbelt.org.uk/index.php/get-involved or contact one of the organisations mentioned above.
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
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.