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See:  Map of ottershaw east from 2 Aug 2016 for the superseded map of Ottershaw East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 https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/localplanconsultation

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 https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=16681&p=0

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 mailto:planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk or posted to:

The Planning Policy and Strategy team,

Runnymede Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Station Road,

Addlestone,

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
Nov 162015
 

Please see below for a recent letter we have received from Runnymede Borough Council relating to their local green space consultation.

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

Runnymede Local Green Space Consultation

Runnymede Borough Council is currently undertaking a consultation asking residents and other interested parties their views on whether there are any green areas in Runnymede that the Council should consider designating as Local Green Spaces (LGS). The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out that the role and purposes of LGSs stating that: ‘Local communities through local and neighbourhood plans should be able to identify for special protection green areas of particular importance to them. By designating land as Local Green Space local communities will be able to rule out new development other than in very special circumstances’.

Runnymede Borough Council is asking for individuals to read through the LGS methodology on the Council’s Planning Policy web pages and to submit any potential green areas they wish to be considered for LGS designation. The methodology and proforma can be found within the Local Plan 2035 consultation page here .For all green area submissions the Council requires evidence as to why a site and/or area is of particular significance to the local community and why it should be given additional protection compared to other areas of open space across the Borough.

The consultation will be open for four weeks. After this time, all responses will be assessed by the Policy and Strategy team using the criteria explained in the LGS methodology, please refer to the assessment criteria when you are making a submission. Failure to provide comprehensive information may lead to the site not being considered any further. Any proposed LGS designations that officers believe to fulfil the criteria outlined in the methodology will be detailed in the Open Space Study (OSS) which is an evidence base document that will underpin the new Local Plan. Any recommendations for LGS designations will then be consulted on as part of the Local Plan process. The consultation will run until 5pm on Friday 18th December 2015. Responses can be returned by email to planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk or returned by post to:-

 

Policy and Strategy Team

Runnymede Borough Council

Civic Centre

Station Road

Addlestone

KT15 2AH

 

Should you have any queries about the consultation please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Yours faithfully,

Anna Murray

PLANNING ASSISTANT

 

E-mail: anna.murray@runnymede.gov.uk

Tel: 01932 425274

 Posted by at 9:30 am
Aug 072014
 

Please see below for Runnymede Councils official response to the recent local plan failure.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Runnymede Local Plan Core Strategy and Community Infrastructure Levy update

I am writing to notify you that on 24th July 2014 Runnymede Borough Council made the decision at its Full Council meeting to withdraw its Local Plan Core Strategy under Section 22(1) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. The decision was made at the same meeting to withdraw the Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy Draft Charging Schedule under Section 212(11) of the Planning Act 2008.

A revised timetable for the production of the Council’s new Local Plan and associated documentation will be posted on the Council’s website in due course at http://www.runnymede.gov.uk/planningpolicy.

In the meantime if you have any queries please contact the Policy and Strategy Team at planning@runnymede.gov.uk or call one of the planning policy officers on the phone numbers given below:

Richard Ford-01932 425278

Georgina Pacey-01932 425248

Cheryl Brunton-01932 425267

Babatunde Adebutu-01932 425274

Jane Peberdy-01932 425252

Yours faithfully

RICHARD FORD

POLICY AND STRATEGY MANAGER

Apr 282013
 

The Core Strategy is the foundation of the Borough’s Local Plan and it sets out the overall ambitions and priorities for the Borough, a set of strategic and locational policies, and a means of ensuring that they are delivered. It covers the period to 2026, which is consistent with the Regional Spatial Strategy, the South East Plan, although this plan is due to be abolished during the lifetime of the Council’s Local Plan.

Responses to previous consultations have been used to help develop a Draft Submission version of the Local Plan Core Strategy. In preparation for the submission of the Local Plan Core Strategy for examination to the Secretary of State, the Council undertook a further consultation in accordance with its adopted Statement of Community Involvement and Regulation 18 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning)(England) Regulations 2012.

The consultation period lasted until 28th March and The Society wrote to RBC making observations on the parts dealing with the Green Belt, Future Developments, Affordable Housing, Traffic, and Travellers Sites. A short outline of our response is given below:

1. Green Belt

As a society we are against the constant erosion of the Green Belt. In our view the Green Belt is a necessity to protect wild life, give pleasure and relaxation to the community and not a ‘nice to have’ that can be eaten away at will.

2. Future Developments

Whilst we agree with the plan not to release the reserved sites until the need arises we believe this process must be done in an open and transparent manner.

We support the need for communal areas within developments but are concerned at the council’s record of maintaining them in perpetuity for the community, e.g. Palmer Crescent.

3. Affordable housing:

Whilst the society supports the need for Social Housing we believe it needs to be done sympathetically in relation to the rest of the developments. Also the priority should be for the housing of Key Workers in the borough.

4. Traffic:

We are concerned that there is no reference to the traffic issues related to the A320 Guildford/Chertsey Road in Ottershaw. The Otter roundabout is already heavily congested, especially at peak hours.

5. Travellers’ Sites:

There is obviously a need for proper sites but this need has to be structured and planned properly. The concern we have is that when rules and judgements are made the council appears unwilling to enforce them.

 Posted by at 7:44 pm
Feb 102013
 

Runnymede Borough Council will be carrying out a public consultation on the Pre-Submission version of the Local Plan between 14th February and 28th March 2013.
As a matter of course they will be consulting all who have been previously involved in the earlier stages of the document. Should you wish to be kept informed, please email your contact details to ldf@runnymede.gov.uk or call 01932 42 52 74.

 Posted by at 10:26 pm
Jan 292012
 

http://www.runnymede.gov.uk/portal/site/runnymede/menuitem.b39f91edae38626a2b9b1342af8ca028/

RBC Corporate Management Committee meet on 2nd February 2012 to discuss their Sustainable Community Strategy and Corporate Business Plan. The agenda and appendices for the meeting can be found at this link: http://www.runnymede.gov.uk/portal/site/runnymede/menuitem.b39f91edae38626a2b9b1342af8ca028/ The recommendation is to approve these documents and put them forward for public consultation. The proposals could have a significant impact on development of Green Belt around Ottershaw, housing quotas within the area and development of the DERA site. Further information on these issues and how to be involved in the public consultation will be posted onto our website and facebook page shortly.

 Posted by at 8:15 pm
Jan 272012
 

http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/runnymede

Would you like to find out more about decisions on local services? On Monday 20 February 2012, you can meet your local county councillor and hear the latest news on: funding of local projects and commissioning of youth services and activities from April 2012.

The next Local Committee meeting is in the evening of Monday 20 February
2012 at the Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone.

There will be an open question time from 6.15pm to 6.30pm when members
of the public may ask questions without prior notice about local county
services. The formal meeting will begin at 6.30pm (members of the public may
attend and observe).

Written public questions and petitions from residents and businesses may
also be received during the formal meetings – if you wish to ask a written
question and receive a written reply, please send it to Sylvia Carter (01932
794081) e-mail sylvia.carter@surreycc.gov.uk by noon on Wednesday 15
February. The deadline for petitions is Monday 6 February 2012.
Please check the website for more details and for any late changes for this
meeting www.surreycc.gov.uk/runnymede

 Posted by at 5:59 pm