Elmbridge Borough Council are proposing to remove Green Belt status from two large areas in the Cobham, Stoke D’Abernon and Oxshott area (see map on right, click on it for a larger view). These areas are best known as:
- The Fairmile & Chippings Farm (near the Portsmouth Road)
- Knowle Hill Park & Polyapes (near Blundel Lane, Littleheath Lane and Water Lane)
There is a third in Long Ditton near the A3 'Ace of Spades'.
If the proposals go through, each of these two parcels of land could accommodate up to 1000 homes each or even more. This would have a severe impact on our local infrastructure and local traffic problems as well as losing precious Green Belt land.
It is important you find out more about how this may affect you and make your opinion known, otherwise no response will be taken as acceptance.
The Council’s public consultation process concludes on Friday 24th Feb 2017 at 4pm.
What should you do?
The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire which is very carefully worded and therefore your answers must be carefully worded to ensure they are not misunderstood.
The Stoke D'Abernon Residents Association (SDRA) with the help from the Cobham Green Belt Group, Cobham Downside and Residents Association and Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust have researched the Elmbridge Borough Council proposal and analysed the questionnaire and have identified key issues which we suggest you might want to include in your response to the questionnaire.
The SDRA organised a local meeting at the United Reformed Church on the 24th Jan 2017. Three hundred and twenty concerned residents from Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham and Oxshott packed out the church to find out more and to see presentations about the consultation and how best to respond to it. These presentations can be viewed on this website or on the SDRA website.
Our suggested steps for responding to the consultation are as follows but not all steps are essential. However, please follow steps 3. Reviewing the suggested responses and 4. Completing the consultation questionnaire as a minimum.
- View the presentations from the SDRA meeting, this will bring you up to speed quickly without wading though copious amounts of documentation on the Consultation Portal.
- Review the information on the Elmbridge Consultation Portal/Website.
- Review the suggested responses to the consultation document.
- Complete the Consultation Questionnaire either online in in hard copy form.
- Email or write to your local councillors to make them aware of your views.
- Emails or write to Dominic Raab MP.
More details and relevant links for each of these steps is available on our Action Plan page.
What if you don't have easy access to the Internet?
A lot of this information is available online but if you don't have easy access to the Internet, you can either visit the Esher Civic Centre and view the documentation on display or attend the last drop in session at the Esher Civic Centre on Saturday 4th February 2017 between 10am-2pm where Planning Officers will be available to discuss the proposals.
The questionnaire is available in paper form from the council by calling Michael Corbett on 01372 474823 and requesting a copy to be posted directly to you but please do it soon, as there is little time. You will find it useful to have sight of the questionnaire before viewing the documentation or attending the drop in session. Alternatively, ask a neighbour to download and print a questionnaire for you.
Do spread the word and make your friends and neighbours aware.