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