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See:  Map of ottershaw east from 2 Aug 2016 for the superseded map of Ottershaw East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
Jan 152015
 

As part of its work on preparing the Runnymede 2015-2035 Local Plan, Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) commissioned an independent review by ARUP of Green Belt Land within the Borough. This is because RBC will not have enough sites in the urban area to fulfil the potential numbers of new houses that a similar Housing Review is likely to predict will be needed. Therefore sites in the Green Belt are likely to be required (eg the DERA site has already been suggested for removal from the Green Belt.)

This Green Belt Review was completed in December 2014 and recommends to RBC various sites that could be considered by the Council for removal from the Green Belt for development. It is for information only at this stage and no decisions have been made about it. Once all the Local Plan reviews are in RBC will decide on the exact policies that are needed for the Local Plan and this document will be published for public consultation in Autumn 2015 and a Public Consultation will take place.

Details of the Green Belt Review can now be found on the RBC website, as follows:
Click here for the Green Belt (Policy Documents and Guidance)
Click here for the full Green belt review

The Green Belt Review does, however, recommend that a large parcel of land within Ottershaw (bounded by Brox Rd, Bousley Rise and Southwood Ave) be removed from the Green Belt, with the potential then to be released in the future for new housing and the impact that this would have on the village.
The Society places great importance on maintaining the Green Belt, so if you have views on this proposal please let the Society Committee know by emailing: committee@ottershawsociety.org so that we can respond in line with members views.

The proposals Map for Runnymede can be found on page 63 of the Green Belt Review document, but an enlargement of the Ottershaw proposal can  be found here. The smaller parcel of land on the north of Brox Rd is Chaworth Close (which has already been built upon).

Ottershaw Society

 

 Posted by at 9:55 am
Nov 132014
 

The final decision on the future of Palmer Crescent play area is to be decided at a council meeting next week.

Surrey County Council are holding the Planning & Regulatory committee meeting on 18th November at 10.30am in the Ashcombe Suite, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames.

The council  have recommended that along with rejecting the village green application for Palmer Crescent, Ottershaw to also reject two other village green applications within the county; Hurst Park, Molesey & Ongarhill Brick Field, Addlestone.

Please show your support for the village green applications by turning up to the meeting.

Further details can be found here

 Posted by at 9:58 am
Feb 072014
 

One of our local councillors, Howard Butterfield, is proposing to raise again the decision for the sale of this land by Runnymede Council in 2012 for housing at the next Full Council Meeting for Runnymede Borough Council on Thursday 13th February 2014 at 7.30 pm at Runnymede Council Offices, Station Road, Addlestone. 

The Ottershaw Society and the local residents are in full support of Mr Butterfield in this matter, but we need as much support at the Council meeting as possible to show all Councillors that we are still opposed to this sale.   Please do attend if you are able.  Read Mr Butterfield’s proposed motion in full here

 UPDATE: Sadly the council voted against reversing the decision to sell the parkland for housing.  Residents are undeterred and will continue with their inquiry for village green status.

 Posted by at 3:25 pm
Dec 012013
 

A planning application has been lodged for the erection of 9 two-storey dwellings comprising 7 no. 3 bed, in two pairs of semi-detached and one terraced block and 2 no. 4 bed detached dwellings with access road, parking, private gardens and landscaping following demolition of buildings. Details can be found at the following link and the consultation is open until 9th December.

For further information please follow this link.

 Posted by at 8:52 pm
Oct 182013
 

The Council has agreed to the public addressing the Planning Committee where objections
have been received from three or more parties and the application is recommended for
Approval, which is the case with this application.

This application is to be reported to the next Planning Committee on Wednesday 23d October
2013 commencing at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber at the Civic Offices in Addlestone. The
agenda will be available on the council’s website a week before the Committee
(www.runnymede.qov.uk) and by clicking ‘Committees agendas’.

The public may attend the meeting.

 Posted by at 9:24 am