Feb 192018

Please find below and attached an update on the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement scheme as well as details on the public consultation.

The Scheme
A Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) for the scheme was made on 29 November 2017, and the related information regarding this announcement can be found on the project website: and in the enclosed PRA Brochure

The main elements of the scheme are also summarised below:
• An elongated roundabout at M25 junction 10
• New dedicated free-flowing slip roads
• Widening of the A3 from three to four lanes with new safe access arrangements to and from
side roads
• Integration of the Smart Motorway Programme M25 j10-j16 scheme by upgrading the M25
hard shoulder to a traffic lane in both directions underneath junction 10
• Widening of the A245 Byfleet Road to the west of the A3 Painshill junction
• Improvements to crossings and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
A summary of the key scheme objectives:
• Improve journey time reliability and reduce delay
• Improve safety and reduce both collision frequency and severity
• Improve crossing facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and incorporate safe,
convenient, accessible and attractive routes
• Minimising impacts on the surrounding local road network
• Support projected population and economic growth in the area.

The land surrounding M25 junction 10 and on either side of the A3 is environmentally sensitive. As such the environmental design objectives are to:
• Avoid, reduce, mitigate and/or compensate for any significant adverse effects or substantial harm through good design
• Improve the quality of life for local residents by mitigating any significant noise effects and supporting targets on air quality
• Seek good design, balancing functionality with achieving positive environmental outcomes.

Public consultation
There will be a public consultation for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 12 February to Monday 26 March. It is important that all relevant issues are addressed at an early stage in the project and give people and stakeholders an opportunity to shape  proposals before any decisions are made. Details of the consultation are provided below.

Public exhibitions
These will provide an opportunity to talk to members of the project team.

Consultation materials public inspection locations
Consultation materials will be available to view from 12 February until 26 March 2016 at the following locations:
• Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB
• Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD
• Surrey County Council, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DW
• Cobham Library, The Cedar Centre, Cedar Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2AE
• Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR
• Walton Library, 54 The Heart, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH
• Byfleet Community Library, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7QN
• West Byfleet Library, The Corner, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6NY
• Addlestone Library, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2AF
• Woking Library, Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey GU21 6EP.

Copies of the consultation materials, and how we are conducting the public consultation as outlined in the statement of community consultation, will also be available online from Monday 12 February on the project website at

Providing feedback
People can provide feedback in a number of ways:
• Completing a questionnaire at
• Completing a paper copy of the questionnaire and returning it to FREEPOST M25 junction
10/A3 Wisley interchange.
Alternatively, any other comments can be made in writing and emailed to or sent to the FREEPOST address above, quoting the reference: M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement. All comments and responses must be received no later than Monday 26 March 2018 at 23:45.

 Posted by at 11:56 am
Jan 132018

The final draft of the Runnymede 2030 Draft Local Plan was agreed for Public Consultation by Runnymede Borough Council at its full Council on Tuesday 9th January 2018. This Consultation will run until Thursday 22 February 2018, after which it will be submitted to an independent planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State , who will examine the proposed Local Plan, may then make recommendations for changes, and finally it will be adopted.

If you have views about this Plan it is imperative that you now write in again, as only representations made at this stage and not any previous representations will be forwarded to the Inspector.

Background to the 2030 Draft Local Plan

When the Plan was first submitted for consultation in July 2016 the major development proposed in Ottershaw was a plan to take the site known as Ottershaw East (land bounded by Southwood Ave, Brox Rd and Bousley Rise) out of the Green Belt and allow the building on it of up to 510 houses. Ottershaw residents led by the Ottershaw Society and others campaigned vigorously against such an over development of Ottershaw, increasing its

housing by over 30%, and changing the character of a small village. It was also proposed to take land out of the green belt in areas just outside Ottershaw at Bittams Lane and in Rowtown. Over a thousand of you responded on all of the Runnymede proposals.

Other developers also had designs on Ottershaw and surrounding area and submitted development proposals for Fairoaks Garden Village (in both Surrey Heath and Runnymede Boroughs) Upper Ottershaw (Christmas Tree Farm), Great Grove Farm and Woodham New Town (in Woking Borough). It must also be remembered that developments already underway at the old DERA site in Longcross is also proposed for removal from the Green Belt and will add over 1,700 dwellings near to Ottershaw.

In May 2017 Runnymede BC then produced a Local Plan issues and Options and Preferred Approaches document which they consulted on until June 2017.This included the removal from the Green Belt of the whole of St. Peter`s Hospital site. Again many of you wrote in about these amended proposals.

Final 2030 Draft Local Plan

So now the final draft plan has emerged and of particular importance to Ottershaw residents are the following points:

  • The end date of the Plan has been reduced by 5 years, from 2035 to 2030, presumably in order to meet Government target housing numbers
  • A new area “The Field” has been added to the Ottershaw East site. This is at the back of Southwood Avenue linking Ottershaw East to the Brox End Nursery site.
  • Ottershaw East is still to be taken out of the green belt, now with 230 dwellings proposed, together with the addition of a SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) site, space for a new larger surgery for the village and a contribution to increase the size of the 2 schools, and 2 Travellers pitches. So fewer houses than in the original plan, but still a large increase in Ottershaw housing.
  • Runnymede BC have stuck with their assertion that 40 houses should be built on the Brox End Nursery site despite strong opposition from residents that this site should have a development of no more than 14 dwellings
  • The sites that other developers wanted in Ottershaw at Upper Ottershaw and Great Grove Farm have been rejected by Runnymede BC. However, the developers will almost certainly continue to propose to the Inspector that these additional sites are taken out of the Green Belt and developed and the developer of Ottershaw East is also certain to continue to propose the original higher number of dwellings.
  • An A320 Corridor Study has at last been undertaken. This includes the possibility of alterations to the A320/Brox Road junction and the A320/Otter roundabout, including possibly losing our main village car park. Also the suggestion of a “Park and Ride” north of Ottershaw to serve Woking, Heathrow and St Peter’s Hospital
  • Planning applications have already been submitted for the development of the nearby St Peters Hospital site (nearly 500 dwellings) and Parklands site (200 dwellings off Bittams Lane).

So what do we think and what are your views.

  • We remain of the view that taking land out of the Green Belt is the wrong approach to finding more land for housing. Once taken it is lost as Green land for ever.
  • We see very few proposals concerning improvements to our village road infrastructure eg Village car parking, village traffic calming, speed limits on the A320, better surfacing on the A320 for nearby houses.
  • Even though Runnymede BC has rejected the additional developments the Inspector could over-turn this decision and include some of these proposals.
  • It is proposed that Travellers sites should be spread around the Borough, rather than in single larger sites. Do you agree with this approach?


Whatever your views you must make them clear to the Inspector by writing in to Runnymede Borough Council again, by Thursday 22 February 2018.

Write to the Planning Policy and Strategy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH or e-mail them at quoting “Runnymede 2030 Draft Local Plan ” along with your full title, name and address.

The Runnymede Borough Plan Consultation Page can be found at:

On this page you will find links to the Draft Local Plan and a Representation form. Please note that you do not have to use this form but can e-mail or write your views. It is essential, however, that you quote your full title, name and address.

Here are copies from the Local Plan of the Housing Allocation maps for the Ottershaw East and Brox End Nursery sites.

From the Ottershaw Society Committee

13th January 2018

 Posted by at 10:27 am
Dec 202017

Surrey County Council has been commissioned to assess the traffic impact for multiple scenarios as part of the Runnymede 2035 Local Plan using the county’s strategic highway-model.

Please click here to view all of the reports:

Of particular interest to Ottershaw & the A320 are the following pages:

Brox and A320 junction pos solutions

Map of developments off the A320

No of units along A320

Otter Roundabout pos solutions

Possible solutions in Ottershaw area


 Posted by at 7:35 pm
Dec 092017

The Draft RBC Local Plan is being considered by the RBC Planning Committee on 20th December 2017, for submission to the full Council on 9th January 2018. If then agreed Public Consultation will begin and run from 10th January 2018 until 21 February 2018. Remember it will be important to write in again !

For an advance look, a copy of the Draft Local Plan can be found at Appendix A of the RBC Planning Committee Agenda, at the following RBC website link.

Pages 65/66 of Appendix A – Brox End Nursery and pages 83/84 of Appendix A – Ottershaw East, will be of particular interest to Ottershaw residents showing details of these sites.

 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Nov 152017

A planning application (RU.17/1815) has just been submitted for redevelopment of parts of the site.

This site is already a Major Developed site in the Green Belt so it can be re-developed up to a point.

The application is different in some aspects from the proposals in the original consultation in April, so if you are concerned about any aspect of it or the impact of it on the surrounding area (especially taking into account the additional development proposed at Parklands see below) you should look at the proposals which include nearly 500 dwellings (for staff and private sale on the open market) a new staff restaurant, 1500 sq metres of retail space and multi storey car-parking and you should write to: Runnymede BC, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH or e-mail them at, quoting the application no.

 Posted by at 5:33 pm
Nov 152017

A planning application (RU.17/1749) has also been submitted for up to 200 new residential dwellings behind the new Parklands Manor Residential Home (opposite the entrance to St. Peter`s Hospital).

If you are concerned about this development on Green Belt land and the precedent this sets for the release of further Green Belt land or the impact on the surrounding area you should write to Runnymede BC at the address below

Runnymede BC, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH or e-mail them at, quoting the application no.

 Posted by at 5:31 pm
Nov 152017

As always there are again a number of festive events around Ottershaw this Christmas 🎄

We would urge you to support local village events this Christmas, as they are very often important fundraisers for village organisations.  Keep an eye open for posts on Facebook or Twitter.

Here are just some of the events:

  • Saturday 25th November – Ottershaw WI Christmas Fair 10am to 12.30 at Brook Hall
  • Friday 1st December – Ottershaw Junior School Christmas Fair 3.15pm to 6pm at the School
  • Saturday 2nd December – Christ Church A Taste of Christmas 10am to 1pm at Brook Hall
  • Sunday 3rd December – Chris-tingle Service 10.30am at Christ Church
  • Saturday 16th December – Carol Singing by the village shops 11am to 12 midday

 Posted by at 5:15 pm
Nov 152017

Surrey County Council is undertaking a public consultation on the draft version of the new Surrey Waste Local Plan (SWLP) between 1 November 2017 and 7 February 2018.

This consultation reflects the responses and preferred options from the Issues and Options consultation for the new SWLP which was held between 2 September and 25 November 2016.

The draft plan provides the Vision, Strategic Objectives, Draft Policies and Proposed Sites which are intended to guide the future of waste management facilities in Surrey up until 2033. For more information, please visit the Minerals and Waste Planning Policy webpage for the consultation: or email

The council are encouraging consultation returns to be made online where at all possible for ease of processing.

Hard copies of documents will be available at district and borough offices and by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053 456.

Following this consultation Surrey County Council will be publishing and consulting on a pre-submission draft local plan which will then be submitted to the Government for independent examination.

The timetable for adopting the new SWLP is in the Surrey Minerals and Waste Development Scheme (MWDS). A draft version of the MWDS is available on the councils website and will be adopted following the outcome of the Draft Plan Consultation.


 Posted by at 5:04 pm
Oct 022017

Why not get out into the beautiful Surrey countryside to see some of the Autumn colours. According to the internet it is the most wooded county in Great Britain, with 22.4% coverage !
Here is a link to the Surrey County Council walking website with many suggestions/route guides short and long walks across Surrey.

 Posted by at 3:26 pm