Jun 262017

Longcross Village Public Exhibition June 2017 – email


As part of the public consultation for Longcross Garden Village a number of public sessions are being held:

Date: Thursday 13th July
Time: 4pm – 8pm

Date: Friday 14th July
Time: 11am – 4pm

Date: Saturday 15th July
Time: 11am – 4pm

As you may be aware, Longcross Garden Village forms part of the Preferred Approach of the emerging Runnymede Borough Local Plan.

Crest Nicholson and Aviva Investors have previously presented plans for a new Surrey Village on Longcross South, and planning permission has already been granted for development at Longcross North, with new homes already being build.

Following the granting of Garden Village status the plans for the site have been updated, and these will be presented at the Public Exhibition. Members of the project team will be available to answer any queries and welcome feedback.

Further information can be found at

 Posted by at 8:08 pm
Jun 202017

With summer fast approaching, RBC’s Get Active 50+ programme continues to help residents to lead a healthier life.

Activities include:

  • Bowls Clubs: Runnymede clubs are welcoming new members, visit the Bowls page for club information and contact details.
  • SKiff and Punting: Join the Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club with a 3month open membership for just £15
  •  Medau Movement: Classes based on natural body movements; strengthen your core and improve your co-ordination and balance with each lesson based on your own individual needs.
  • Walking Sports: Basketball, Football and Netball continue at Egham Leisure Centre – walking versions of the games we know and love.
 Posted by at 10:01 pm
Jun 122017

There was a very useful “Meet the Beat” event at Brook Hall,Ottershaw on Friday June 9th. Four police officers were present, including Sergeant Sarah White and 10 residents.

Points to note from the meeting were:

There is no apparent increase in burglaries during the night-time now that street lights are turned off.

In fact most burglaries are during broad daylight, often during school run times etc when the occupants are known to have a regular pattern of being out.  The potential burglars tend to be on bike or on foot. Items typically taken are cash and jewellery – small and not noticeable.

There have been reports of phone scams – one purporting to be from Inland Revenue. PLEASE if you are contacted with such a scam, report it at once on
There is some very useful advice on this site and the latest scams are detailed there, thanks to people reporting them on-line.

The Crime Reduction Adviser Vic Smith can give advice on security in your home.
is a website on which you can record your belongings, large or small, with photographs, in case of theft. Along with the photos you can include serial numbers which will help identify them and hopefully get them returned.

RBC have begun a “fine on the spot” team this week, working round the borough to stop litter louts and dog fouling.

There have been reports of possible drug dealing going on in alleyways and blocks of garages. PLEASE report anything you see that is suspicious
online so that the police have a record of incidents, where and when.

There are no further Meet the Beat events in the pipeline for Ottershaw at present, but there are “drop-in” sessions in Addlestone Library first
Tuesday of every month, 10.30 – 11.30.

Runnymede NHW


 Posted by at 6:41 pm
Jun 042017

Remember it is still a Local Plan in consultation and this is another opportunity to comment. Responses need to be with RBC by Friday 23rd June 2017 by e-mail to: or posted to: Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH

PLEASE NOTE: If you objected last time to the Ottershaw East proposals and you still object, you will need to submit your objection again as the proposals for this site have been revised!

please see our other posts for more details:

Objections to developments

New Consultation on Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) Draft Local Plan



 Posted by at 8:31 pm
May 262017

Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, who has been a Councillor in the Foxhills Ward since 2012, has just been appointed Mayor of Runnymede for 2017-2018.

Information on him and the charities he is supporting can be found here

 Posted by at 7:37 pm
May 262017

Sadly we have just heard of the death of Barbara Castle, one of our members who did much for the Ottershaw Community over many years. Her funeral will be at Woking Crematorium at 3.30 pm on Friday 9th June 2017. In her memory we have posted a copy of an article about her life which appeared in the November 2011 edition of the Ottershaw Society newsletter.

Barbara Castle


 Posted by at 7:31 pm
May 252017

Further to our post of 14th May 2017 on the new Consultation on the Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) Local Plan below are some points you might use in your individual responses. PLEASE NOTE: If you objected last time to the Ottershaw East proposals and you still object, you will need to submit your objection again as the proposals for this site have been revised!

Remember it is still a Local Plan in consultation and this is another opportunity to comment. Responses need to be with RBC by Friday 23rd June 2017 by e-mail to: or posted to: Planning Policy & Strategy Team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH

The Society remains opposed to any reduction in the Green Belt. Once Green Belt is lost, it is lost for ever!

Here are some points you might use in your individual responses:

  • Changes to the Green Belt require “exceptional circumstances” Has RBC shown this to be the case.(see Green Belt policy – exceptional circumstances for more details)
  • RBC are still proposing 242 units in Ottershaw East/Brox Lane (180+20 residential+40 Brox Lane+2 traveller sites), which represents a 14% increase on the around 1,700 houses already in Ottershaw.
  • The plan still includes 40 houses in the site off Brox Lane.
  • The need to see a comprehensive statement on how the roads and other elements of infrastructure (eg Surgery, Schools etc) will be improved before any development can be considered.
  • If you object to the developers additional proposals for Upper Ottershaw and Great Grove Farm, you should specifically mention these, as either could still come into the plan at a later stage.
  • What overall Strategic Planning is happening, as Ottershaw will be affected by other possible and planned developments outside the centre of Ottershaw along the A320/ A319/ B3121 roads. (ie Woodham New Town, Fairoaks Garden Village, St Peters Hospital, Bittams Lane and Longcross North/South)
  • What planning is there concerning the major A320 route (Guildford/Woking to M25)?
  • Extra traffic will exacerbate already inadequate village centre parking and the need for traffic calming throughout the village.
  • Do you agree/disagree with the proposal to distribute Travellers sites around the borough (eg 2 sites at Ottershaw East)?
May 142017

In July 2016 Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) issued their Draft Local Plan 2035 for consultation, which included taking land out of the Green Belt (GB), including land at Ottershaw East and Bittams Lane. The Ottershaw Society ran a campaign objecting to the loss of GB land and in particular to the proposal to develop GB land at Ottershaw East (to the east of Brox Road) for potential 385 – 510 homes. This total leaflet drop to the whole of the village was successful with 428 objections being submitted by residents objecting to Ottershaw East. This was out of a total of 762 responses to RBC from the whole of the Borough.

In a further review of the GB by RBC in 2017, immediately around the urban areas, several sites around Ottershaw were proposed for removal from the GB. (See: here for more details). We are pleased to report that RBC will not now remove any of these extra sites from the GB with the exception of St. Peter`s Hospital site. This new site is for 420 residential units and a 70 bed care home. These 420 units are mostly on land to be sold to a developer with the money gained to enable the Hospital to refurbish its older staff accommodation on site, plus 60 new staff units on its land that it will retain in NHS ownership. (See: here for more details).

At the same time RBC have been undertaking a further review of the allocated sites for development to increase the numbers of residential units to be built on these sites. Together with the new site of St. Peter`s Hospital, and one other new site in the Englefield Green area, means they have able to up the overall number of housing units in the Plan over the next 15 years to 6126-6406 (annual 408-427).

This review also includes a change to the proposal for Ottershaw East. These proposals reduce the area at Ottershaw East to be taken for development from the GB, and designate part of the area as a SANG which will remain in the GB. So the previous 510 houses has been reduced to 180 houses + 20 sheltered units + 2 traveller pitches + 3.53ha of SANGS. Perhaps RBC have partly listened to the views of over 400 objections submitted in 2016? On the new map of Ottershaw East the area outlined in red is the new proposed development site. The red hatched area is the SANGS.

See: Map of Ottershaw East site Updated 12 May 2017 for updated map of the proposed Ottershaw East site.

See:  Map of ottershaw east from 2 Aug 2016 for the superseded map of Ottershaw East

There are still 40 units proposed at Brox Lane Nursery.

The removal of the Hospital site, the reduction in size of Ottershaw East and the increase in the number of houses to be built up to 2035 is now out for a further Consultation as `Runnymede 2035: Additional Sites and Options consultation, May 2017`. This can be found on the Runnymede BC main consultation page

Whatever your views on this change it is important that you write in again to RBC, as now that the proposals for the Ottershaw East site area has changed your previous objection falls by the wayside.

The Ottershaw Society is still in principle opposed to the loss of any Green Belt land.

Although fewer houses are now proposed, either RBC or the Inspector can still change anything in their final proposals. e.g. revert to larger numbers of houses in Ottershaw East or indeed include Upper Ottershaw or Great Grove Farm. The owners of Upper Ottershaw and Great Grove Farm are also most likely to put their sites forward to the Inspector at the Public Enquiry next year for consideration. We also already have 2,000 units in the Plan at the DERA/Longross site, and extra housing at St Peter’s Hospital and Bittams Lane and we are still uncertain about potential developments at Woodham New Town and Fairoaks Garden Village in nearby Boroughs. Whatever number of houses, there will be a significant effect on the local infrastructure and the A320/A319 and other village roads, and GB land will be lost for ever.

To comment on these revisions this statutory 6 week consultation is open from Friday 12th May until Friday 23rd June 2017. Any representations must be made in writing. RBC would like you to send in your views electronically if possible. You can download a copy of the consultation questionnaire from the Council’s website at

Hard copy questionnaires will also be available in the Borough’s libraries, and can be requested from the Technical Administration team.

Responses to the questions set out in the questionnaire or your own individual letters should be emailed to or posted to:

The Planning Policy and Strategy team,

Runnymede Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Station Road,


KT15 2AH.

Remember: Anonymous representations will not be accepted.

The Society is working on its advice on the form of words you might use in any letter of representation and will send out a further alert about this

RBC will be holding the following drop in sessions throughout the Borough over the period of the Additional Sites and Options consultation. Residents can attend any of the events as they are not tailored to a certain locality. Please do try to attend one of these sessions to find out the full details of the development sites, infrastructure problems etc.

  • Monday 22nd May          10am-1pm          Chertsey Hall
  • Tuesday 23rd May     2pm-5pm         Ottershaw Village Hall
  • Tuesday 30th May           2pm-5pm            All Saints’ Church Centre, New Haw
  • Friday 2nd June                10am-1pm          The Village Centre, Englefield Green
  • Thursday 15th June         5pm-8pm            Addlestone Civic Centre.

We would urge members to go to one of these events, hear what they have to say and make their views known, before submitting a written response.

RBC will also be running a daily counter duty service at the Council offices during the course of the consultation which will run each working day from 10-12 and 2-4pm. A prior appointment does not need to be booked. People just need to ask Front of House if they can see the Local Plan duty officer. If people have very detailed queries, this may be a better alternative to attending the drop in sessions.

Once this new consultation is completed RBC will prepare and then consult on a Pre-submission Plan in Autumn 2017 and then prepare a Submission Plan for the Secretary of State in December 2017, and lastly the Inspector will report and the new Local Plan will be adopted in 2018.

 Posted by at 2:47 pm
May 122017


The Council is responsible for looking forward and setting the level of housing and employment provision that is needed in Runnymede up to the year 2035, as well as for devising a strategy which protects communities from flood risk and which safeguards valued landscapes. This task is an important one that has the potential to affect the lives of residents, visitors and workers in the Borough, both now and in the future.

The Council carried out its first consultation on the Local Plan in summer 2016. This was known as the Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches (IOPA) consultation. In light of the representations made during this consultation and following the collation of additional evidence, a further round of public consultation is now underway to give interested persons the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to the Council’s strategy.

The Additional Sites and Options Consultation is open from Friday 12 May until Friday 23 June 2017. The consultation document can be viewed on the Council’s website at:  and in the following libraries:

  • Addlestone,
  • Bagshot,
  • Chertsey,
  • Egham,
  • New Haw,
  • Staines upon Thames,
  • Virginia Water and
  • West Byfleet.

All representations made during the course of the consultation must be made in writing. Anonymous representations will not be accepted. Any comments that could be construed as derogatory towards any particular individual or group will not be recorded or considered.   We would like you to send us your views electronically if possible.

You can download a copy of the consultation questionnaire on our website and once completed, email back to us at   If you cannot do this, please request and return a printed copy of the questionnaire. Please clearly mark any additional sheets with your name and ensure that you confirm which part of the consultation document you are referring to. Please send your completed questionnaire to: Planning Policy and Strategy team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH to arrive by the close of the consultation period.   If you need help with your representation please contact the Technical Administration team in the first instance on 01932 425131 or email

All comments will be reported to the Council’s Planning Committee and will help us to prepare the pre submission version of the Local Plan which we will consult on later in the year.

During the consultation period, planning officers will be available to answer queries in person at the Civic Centre in Addlestone, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

A number of drop in sessions will also be held at the following times and locations:

  • Monday 22nd May      10am-1pm      Chertsey Hall
  • Tuesday 23rd May      2pm-5pm        Ottershaw Village Hall
  • Tuesday 30th May      2pm-5pm        All Saints’ Church Centre, New Haw
  • Friday 2nd June          10am-1pm      The Village Centre, Englefield Green
  • Thursday 15th June    5pm-8pm        Addlestone Civic Centre.