Jul 272018
 

This is advance notice of Planning applications that are in the process of being submitted to Runnymede Borough and Surrey Heath Councils for the proposed Fairoaks Garden Village on the site of the current Fairoaks Airport.

Two elements in particular will be being determined at this application:

  • A new SANGs (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space), and

  • A new road through the airport site from Chobham Road to Guildford Road

The rest, ie all the details of the houses, offices and industrial buildings etc will be in OUTLINE at this stage only.

The site is not in Surrey Heath’s current or emerging Local Plan for development, which it would need to be, as it would have to be considered for removal from the Green Belt. Also, if approved, it would have to be referred to the Secretary of State.

Runnymede BCs “neighbour” circulation is expected to be quite wide, covering Ottershaw Park and parts of Guildford and Chobham Roads. The Society will, of course keep all its members informed as further information emerges.

The principal impact on residents of Ottershaw of this development would be the huge increase in traffic routing through the Otter Roundabout to get to the M25. Fairoaks Aircraft noise, which currently impacts parts of Ottershaw would, however, disappear.

Attached are two pdf documents about this development.

 Posted by at 1:16 pm
Jun 192018
 

This is a reminder that the final date for representations concerning the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan is midnight on Friday 29th June 2018.

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 now included in the Plan or something you felt you previously omitted.

In particular:

1. The “Ottershaw East” development

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

The Ottershaw Society is opposed to this large-scale incursion into the Green Belt. Most of you will have already made this point in your previous representations, but if you haven’t please do so now.

2. A320 Corridor Feasability Study

The final A320 Corridor Feasibility Study is now included as part of the Plan and is of particular interest to Ottershaw Residents and especially the proposal concerning the massive expansion of the Otter roundaboutat the junction of the A320, A319 and B3121.

We appreciate that this is still a feasibility study, however the proposal concerning this roundabout has been received with widespread disapproval by the Ottershaw village community.

We would urge you as residents to comment about this new proposal.

Points you might make include:

The proposal makes dramatic changes to the heart of the village of Ottershaw and has been produced without any consultation with local businesses, village organisations or residents.
The new roundabout consumes the existing village car parkand makes no proposal about a suitable replacement. This car park is already inadequate in size, something which the Council has already failed to address.
This car park is essential to the viability of both the Ottershaw Village Hall and the Ottershaw Village shops.
The loss of the Hall because it ceased to be viable would make a nonsense of the huge investment of  time and money (over £300,00) by the Village Hall Management Committee over recent years.
It is essential that the car park is located next to the Hall and the shops, where it is currently sited, and not at a distance. Hirers of the Hall bring props, material or goods to events and have to unload near to the Hall. Shoppers will only shop at their local shop if good close-by parking facilities are available.
The proposal makes access into Brox Road from ChobhamRoad, Foxhills Road and Guildford Road extremely awkward and which would almost certainly lead to back-up of traffic in the roundabout itself.
Southbound access on the A320 is not available to the Ambulance Station.
Some residents have suggested that a by-pass might be a better option; however this might affect nature conservation and green belt land.
We are not road planning experts but to most of us this proposed layout seems excessively large and extremely complicated in a scenario where we do not yet know exactly what housing will be built off the A320 road.

Finally you should urge that the Feasability Study is only taken forward on the basis of full consultation and that the  Counciltakes heed to its own comments in the Local Plan para 3.20 (page 20) which describes the The Otter, local shopping parade and community facilities as the “Heart” of the community and its own Policy SD7 (page 49) ‘The loss or change of use of existing Social and community infrastructure facilities will be resisted……’

For your information here is a repeat of the various links we have already given you in previous alerts.

This A320 Feasability Study can be found at this link:     https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/15571/Transport

The map of the Otter Roundabout proposal was circulated with the Alert on 27th April 2018, but can also be found at our website link:

http://www.ottershawsociety.org/2018/04/27/a320-corridor-study-final-report-april-2018/

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 6:27 am
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
Apr 272018
 

This Report can now be found on the Runnymede BC website at:

https://www.runnymede.gov.uk/article/15571/Transport

It contains major proposals concerning the A320 and it junctions between Chertsey and Woking. The Report is described as providing strategic mitigation measures, including sustainable measures, to support growth along the corridor up to 2036.

Of particular interest to Ottershaw residents will be the proposals for what we know as the “Otter roundabout” (Jct 10 in the Study)and the junction with the southern end of Brox Road (Jct 11 in the Study).

The proposed replacement Otter roundabout is a very complicated arrangement that takes away our village car park and, as yet, does not include proposals for a replacement car park in a suitable location for easy access to the Village Hall and the village shops. The Ottershaw Village Hall are particularly upset about this as it could have a severely detrimental effect on their users

A copy of this roundabout Plan is attached below.

This Report will be part of the Final Runnymede 2030 Local Plan proposals, on which there will be an opportunity to make further representations between mid May and the end of June. We will advise details as soon as they are available.

If you wish to write in now about the proposals in this Study please do so, but also ask that your representations to be recorded as part of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan responses.

 Posted by at 6:16 pm
Mar 222018
 

Please find attached information received from ESSO on the refurbishing of the fuel pipeline which runs from Southampton to Heathrow.

Whilst it might not directly impact the area, looking at the various options the proposed route does come close to our area.

There is a consultation meeting at Chertsey Hall on 9th April from 2pm until 8pm

Consultation Announcement Letter

Consultation Brochure

 Posted by at 9:33 am
Feb 192018
 

Please find below and attached an update on the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement scheme as well as details on the public consultation.

The Scheme
A Preferred Route Announcement (PRA) for the scheme was made on 29 November 2017, and the related information regarding this announcement can be found on the project website: www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10 and in the enclosed PRA Brochure

The main elements of the scheme are also summarised below:
• An elongated roundabout at M25 junction 10
• New dedicated free-flowing slip roads
• Widening of the A3 from three to four lanes with new safe access arrangements to and from
side roads
• Integration of the Smart Motorway Programme M25 j10-j16 scheme by upgrading the M25
hard shoulder to a traffic lane in both directions underneath junction 10
• Widening of the A245 Byfleet Road to the west of the A3 Painshill junction
• Improvements to crossings and facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
A summary of the key scheme objectives:
• Improve journey time reliability and reduce delay
• Improve safety and reduce both collision frequency and severity
• Improve crossing facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and incorporate safe,
convenient, accessible and attractive routes
• Minimising impacts on the surrounding local road network
• Support projected population and economic growth in the area.

The land surrounding M25 junction 10 and on either side of the A3 is environmentally sensitive. As such the environmental design objectives are to:
• Avoid, reduce, mitigate and/or compensate for any significant adverse effects or substantial harm through good design
• Improve the quality of life for local residents by mitigating any significant noise effects and supporting targets on air quality
• Seek good design, balancing functionality with achieving positive environmental outcomes.

Public consultation
There will be a public consultation for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 12 February to Monday 26 March. It is important that all relevant issues are addressed at an early stage in the project and give people and stakeholders an opportunity to shape  proposals before any decisions are made. Details of the consultation are provided below.

Public exhibitions
These will provide an opportunity to talk to members of the project team.


Consultation materials public inspection locations
Consultation materials will be available to view from 12 February until 26 March 2016 at the following locations:
• Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB
• Elmbridge Borough Council, Civic Centre, High Street, Esher, Surrey KT10 9SD
• Surrey County Council, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DW
• Cobham Library, The Cedar Centre, Cedar Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 2AE
• Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR
• Walton Library, 54 The Heart, Walton on Thames, Surrey KT12 1GH
• Byfleet Community Library, High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7QN
• West Byfleet Library, The Corner, West Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 6NY
• Addlestone Library, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 2AF
• Woking Library, Gloucester Walk, Woking, Surrey GU21 6EP.

Online
Copies of the consultation materials, and how we are conducting the public consultation as outlined in the statement of community consultation, will also be available online from Monday 12 February on the project website at www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10.

Providing feedback
People can provide feedback in a number of ways:
• Completing a questionnaire at www.highways.gov.uk/m25j10
• Completing a paper copy of the questionnaire and returning it to FREEPOST M25 junction
10/A3 Wisley interchange.
Alternatively, any other comments can be made in writing and emailed to info@highwaysengland.co.uk or sent to the FREEPOST address above, quoting the reference: M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange improvement. All comments and responses must be received no later than Monday 26 March 2018 at 23:45.

 Posted by at 11:56 am