Following our leaflet delivery to all residents in Ottershaw, there has been a good response; more than 50 residents have written to the Council expressing their concern regarding the building of 510 houses on Green Belt land.
There have been a number of reasons for concerns, which have been expressed most eloquently and we believe that it would be appropriate for us to list these.
- An impossible strain on our infrastructure – schools and local surgery are at capacity: there has been no review in the Local Plan of the resultant impossible strain on our infrastructure, nor are any solutions proposed. Is not the correct way to carry out reviews on the proposed sites to be removed from the Green Belt, and present a complete strategy for the effect on the surrounding areas and the required new infrastructure before formally removing any sites from the Green Belt?
- Inadequate off road parking – Murray Road car park is already filled to capacity. Area around the shops in Brox Road is already congested.
- Poor access to the proposed site. One assumes one exit onto Brox Road which is already being used to capacity. Used as a rat run and also used by articulated lorries domiciled at 2 local businesses. Runnymede Borough Council has also contacted some house/bungalow owners along Bousley Rise to inquire if certain house numbers would sell to provide a 2nd exit to the site. This includes onto the private/unmade section of this road.
- What is the point in having land protected by Green Belt if such protection can be easily removed?
- Guildford Road A320 is already congested and getting busier with the proposed expansion of McLaren.
- An inadequate bus service to serve an increased population.
- Additional strain on an already busy St.Peter’s Hospital.
- An increase of 510 houses would result in the expansion of the village by 1/3rd and an estimated increase in population of at least 1,000/1500.
- The Village has grown gradually over the past years in small stages, but an increase of this size would be disastrous.
- The effect on Nature within the area could be affected.
We have been asked if we will put a standard letter on the website for people to use. We are not doing so on the recommendation of our County Councillor in that these letters do not carry as much weight as individual responses.
Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write to the Council. If you have not yet responded, please help retain our village atmosphere by letting the Council know your opinion. Remember, the deadline has been extended to Friday 26 August.
Ottershaw Society Committee.