May 222018
 

The revised Local Development Scheme was approved by the full Council on Thursday 17th May 2018 for final consultation from 18th May until midnight on Friday 29th June 2018. It is expected that it will then be submitted to the Secretary of State by 31st July 2018.

This further consultation has arisen because of a substantial amount of new evidence that has now been included. This includes:

  • The final A320 Corridor study​​​​The Playing pitches strategy
  • The amended Strategic Sequential Test​​Amended Viability evidence
  • An addendum to the Council’s Green Belt Exceptional Circumstances paper
  • An addendum to the Green Belt Boundary Technical Review
  • The Outline Water Cycle Study​​​Borough wide air quality modelling
  • The Plan is also supported by an addendum to the Council’s Sustainability Appraisal and Equalities Impact Assessment and an updated Habitats Regulations Assessment.

Any representations that you made to the last consultation in January and February 2018 will be submitted to the Secretary of State, however you may wish to comment further on either the new evidence or something you felt you previously omitted.

Ottershaw East -The Plan now includes 200 C3 dwellings (previously 230) at Ottershaw East, as well as 2 Gypsy/Traveller sites. It still also includes The Field Nursery, allowing access to Brox Nursery and the proposed development there.

The A320 Corridor Study is of particular interest to Ottershaw Residents as the proposals concerning the rebuilding of roundabouts between Chertsey and Woking, particularly the Otter roundabout, have been received with widespread disapproval in the village. We would urge you to comment about this, as the current proposal removes the village car park which is essential for both shopping in the village and activities at the Brook Hall.Under this proposal any replacement would be too far away to be of use !

This Study can be found at this link:     https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/15571/Transport

The map of the Otter Roundabout proposal was circulated on 27thApril.

The Runnymede Borough Consultation page can be found at this link:

https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/localplanconsultation

As before you can write or e-mail the Council and do not need to use their pro-forma. Representation form.  Representations should be sent to:

planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk

or The Planning Policy and Strategy team, Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH

Representations must include your full name and address

 Posted by at 6:26 pm
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?

Finally

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   planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk quoting “Runnymede 2030 Draft Local Plan ” along with your full title, name and address.

The Runnymede Borough Plan Consultation Page can be found at: https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/localplanconsultation

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
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 planning@runnymede.gov.uk, 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 planning@runnymede.gov.uk, quoting the application no.

 Posted by at 5:31 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: planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk 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 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
May 122017
 

RUNNYMEDE LOCAL PLAN 2035 – THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LOCAL PLANNING) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2012 REGULATION 18 – ADDITIONAL SITES AND OPTIONS (ASO) CONSULTATION

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: https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/localplanconsultation  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 planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.   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 planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk.

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.    
Jul 062016
 

Please see below an email received today from Runnymede BC regarding the local plan consultation.

 

Dear Sir or Madam,

RUNNYMEDE LOCAL PLAN 2035
THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LOCAL PLANNING) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2012 REGULATION 18 ISSUES OPTIONS AND PREFERRED APPROACHES CONSULTATION

The Council is embarking on an important consultation regarding the future planning policies for the Borough.

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 and workers in the Borough, both now and in the future.

There are important questions that need to be explored at this Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches stage in order to ensure that the process of delivering the new Local Plan is sound from the beginning. These include key considerations around how many new homes and jobs should be provided to 2035 and where they should be directed to.

The Issues, Options and Preferred Approaches document sets out the issues that the Council considers are facing Runnymede over the next 20 years, the potential options for dealing with these issues, and, based on the evidence, what the Council think the preferred strategy/approach should be in each case.

We would like to hear your views. You are welcome to comment on every issue and option set out in the document, or if you are interested in just one or two, please comment specifically on those.

  • We would also like to know if:  you agree with the Council’s preferred approach where indicated, and
  • you consider the Council has correctly identified all the issues and all reasonable options/sites for strategies in each topic area or whether any additional options/sites should have been considered. Your views will help us to choose the best strategy, policies and mix of development land for the Borough up to 2035.

The consultation material is available on the Runnymede website http://runnymede.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6c6a6897c2a95467ef42cad29&id=b0cc62b8b3&e=da7ecf08ee. The documentation is also available to view at the Civic Centre and the libraries in the borough.

This statutory consultation is open from Wednesday 6th July until 5:00 pm on Wednesday 17th August.

Representations 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 complete the questionnaire on our website or download a copy of the questionnaire to complete and email back to us at planningpolicy@runnymede.gov.uk

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 document you are referring to. Please send your completed questionnaire to:

The Policy and Strategy team,
Runnymede Borough Council,
Civic Centre,
Station Road,
Addlestone,
KT15 2AH.

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

If you need help with your representation please contact us using the details provided below.

Richard Ford, Planning Policy Manager: 01932 425278

Georgina Pacey, Assistant Planning Policy Manager: 01932 425248

Cheryl Brunton, Senior Planning Officer: 01932 425267

Jane Peberdy, Senior Planning Officer: 01932 425252

John Devonshire, Senior Planning Officer: 01932 425635

Anna Murray, Planning Assistant: 01932 425274.

During the consultation period policy and strategy officers will also be available to answer queries in person at the council offices, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

Yours faithfully

Policy and Strategy Team

==============================================

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Jun 152016
 

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.

https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/11004/Planning-Committee-Agendas-2016

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.

Ottershaw East

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.

 Posted by at 7:09 pm