Below is an update from the Brox End Nursery residents association:
Dear BENRA supporters,
I write again to you in request for some support with planning issues which now require action as they affect the area in which we live.
But firstly an update on Brox End Nursery in Brox Lane. Thanks to all of you who last May wrote to RBC in SUPPORT of the A2Dominion application RU.16/0652 for just 12 new houses in Brox Lane. That application is still to be decided – possibly at the February or March RBC Planning Committee Meetings – and I will update you when a date is known. Suffice it to say that at the moment the developer is doing as much as he can to overcome RBC obstinence to get this application approved.
What has happened since mid 2016 is truly shocking. RBC has proposed taking several large pieces of land in and around Ottershaw out of the green belt and to be used for residential development. This land and together with the threat of Fairoaks Garden Village and Woodham New Town/Martyrs Lane developments on our borders represents a real threat of up to 10,000 new houses in and around Ottershaw during the life of the new RBC Local Plan (which means before 2035).
At this point it is worth noting that Ottershaw at the moment has about 1,700 houses; Chobham about 1,500. The proposed scale of increase is staggering.
Most of us will say, “What about the infrastructure to support this massive increase?” and what about the A320 and A319 roads – already acknowledged as bottlenecks?
From the documents we have checked there will have to be a massive financial investment to ‘improve’ the A320 from Woking to the M25. Quite how this work will desecrate Ottershaw as it slashes its way through the village can only be imagined. What is worse, the decisions to remove land from the green belt will likely be taken BEFORE the infrastructure improvements are specified and funded.
What can we do?
At every opportunity we need to let the authorities (Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking Borough Councils) know what we think of their proposals as they go out to public consultation.
The first public consultation of 2017 has begun. It is on the land on the left as you travel over Durnford Bridge towards Maclarens. The large parcel of land includes the New Zealand golf course and borders Woodham Lane and Martyrs Lane (see attached map). Last week about 400 people tried to attend a protest meeting in All Saints Church hall in Woodham Lane. The meeting was run by Woodham residents. It appeals to any interested person (not just WBC residents) to object to the proposal by filling out a ‘tick-box’ online form (or of course, writing to the Woking planners). The link to the online form is www.nowoodhamnewtown.uk/related-documents
Tick as many boxes as you like and submit the form – it goes directly to WBC. The closure date for this is 5pm on February 20th 2017.
Thank you in advance for your help.
All the best,
Chair, Brox End Nursery Residents Association