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
In 2016 Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) consulted on their preferred New Local Plan which included plans to allow 9,480 new dwellings to be built in Elmbridge over 20 years. This depended upon creating three ‘garden villages’ on Green Belt land – two in the Cobham/Stoke d'Abernon/Oxshott area. As a result of c.50,000 local objections from c.3,750 households (over half in our area), EBC said they would abandon this plan. Central Government has increased the pressure however and now suggests Elmbridge needs 623 new dwellings per year and that our Green Belt may be released to build them.
EBC will now launch a consultation on 5 options for a new Local Plan on August 19th 2019 – see www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/shaping-elmbridge/ from where you can also find lots of background data.
One of these options will be almost identical to that consulted on in 2016 – the 2016 plan has not been abandoned! Others will include ‘intensified’ development and garden grabbing with varying amounts of Green Belt development and several of these will also involve ‘our’ Green Belt areas.
We are concerned that this consultation is to be held while many will be on holiday and that it will only be open for a six week period. Furthermore it is likely that all the responses sent last time will not be considered this time and that all those that registered then to be kept informed will now not be due to GDPR (Data protection).
Accordingly we will try and ensure as many people are kept informed as possible so that we can hit the ground running in August. To this end please can you
We are very pleased to report that the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal by the developers who want to build over 2000 houses on Green Belt land at the former Wisley Airfeld site also known as Three Farms Meadows.
The original application made by the developers in April 2016 was refused by Guildford Borough Council.
The developers appealed and the planning proposal went to the Planning Inspectorate. The planning appeal hearing took place in September 2017 where interested parties were able to take part. The Cobham Conservation & Heritage Trust took part as a Rule 6 party, entitling it to cross-examine the developers witnesses. Other local interest groups including the Wisley Action Group (WAG) and Parish Councils, appointed barristers to further the case against. After the four week hearing the Inspector upheld Guildford's decision.
The developer appealed once more and the development was sent to the Secretary of State. After much deliberation the appeal has been dismissed today (13 June 2018) by the Secretary of State.
It will be interesting to see what effect this may have on the proposed Guildford Local Plan which is currently being examined by the Planning Inspectorate, the result of which is expected in July 2018.
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.