The Runnymede 2035 Local Plan – Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches document is now available on the Runnymede Borough website in the agenda papers for the 22 June 2016 meeting.
It is on the Agenda of the Runnymede Borough Planning Committee which is meeting on 22 June 2016 to be approved for public consultation during the 6 weeks from Wednesday 6 July 2016 to Wednesday 17 August 2016. There will be further consultation on the next stage between December 2016 and February 2017 before submission to the Secretary of State in March 2017. Thereafter there will be an Independent Inspectors Examination, any further changes required and the adoption of the Plan later in 2017
The plan is wide-ranging covering housing, retail economy, built and natural environment, recreation, green space, leisure, heritage, transport and infrastructure and Flooding.
Of particular concern to Ottershaw residents is the Borough’s preferred option (SS3) which includes additional housing in Ottershaw. Their preferred option is to remove the site now known as “Ottershaw East” ( all the nursery land backing onto Southwood Avenue, Brox Road and Bousley Rise – see map) out of the Green Belt giving an indicative new housing capacity of between 385 and 510 houses. It also again includes 40 houses on the reserved site at Brox End Nursery, the site that residents have been campaigning for a reduction to 14 houses.
The Ottershaw Society is opposed to the removal of the land at “Ottershaw East” from the Green Belt and will be writing to Runnymede Borough Council about this and other aspects of the Options paper when it is approved for consultation. The Society will write further to members once the Options paper is out for consultation.
It is important to note that the public cannot make comments/objections to the Options paper until it is agreed for public consultation and the consultation period opens on 29 June 2016.