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Response Details
From Esher CAAC (Michael Phillips)
Date Started: 19 Aug 2019 12:06. Last modified: 30 Sep 2019 09:25
Status Complete
Response ID #739788


Have you read the Options Consultation document?

You must provide an answer to this question.

  • Yes
  • No


Which area do you live in?

You must provide an answer to this question.

  • Claygate
  • Cobham
  • Esher
  • Hersham
  • Hinchley Wood
  • Molesey
  • Oxshott
  • Stoke D'Abernon
  • Thames Ditton and Long Ditton
  • Walton
  • Weybridge
  • Other

If other, please specify (200 maximum characters)
«No response»


Place-making and the continued success of well designed, well-functioning places is fundamental to developing a growth strategy for the borough. What are the key characteristics that make your area a great place to live? (Maximum 500 characters)

Quality of green space, scale and proximity to transport.


What changes would you like to see in the borough over the next 15 years? (Maximum 500 characters)

I would like to see a design led approach that supports the viability of local amenities,
better public transport, reduced car dependance, reduced pollution


This options consultation document sets out 5 options for housing growth for the borough.  These are:

Option 1-intensify urban area
Option 2-optimise urban area and 3 area of Green Belt release
Option 3-optimise urban area and large Green Belt release
Option 4-optimise urban area
Option 5-optimise urban area and small areas of Green Belt release


Which option will best suit your area?

  • Option 1
  • Option 2
  • Option 3
  • Option 4
  • Option 5
  • Other

Please tell us why you have chosen this option (Maximum 600 characters)
I think that there should be a sequential test before any green belt is released.The significance of Green Belt to the setting of the Foley Estate C.A. is considered in the attached C A appraisal.


Please give details of any alternative ways you think we could meet the government’s ambitious housing target for Elmbridge of 623 new homes each year for the next 15 years. (Maximum 600 characters)


The 5 options cover most alternatives. Increased urban density would help. You could happily add a storey to most town centres and retain the existing character


How do you think we should plan for the new homes we need in your area?

  • Higher densities
  • Green Belt release
  • A mixture of higher densities and Green Belt release
  • Other

Please provide any comments here (Maximum 500 characters)
Higher densities should not be at the expense of local character. There needs to be infrastructure to support new development without widening roads. Perhaps alternative access points to sensitive areas should be considered.


Are you aware of any planning issues that need to be addressed in our detailed day-to-day planning policies?

  • Yes
  • No


If yes, please specify which planning issues

  • Density
  • Design / Character
  • Building heights
  • Parking
  • Conservation Areas
  • Historic features (e.g. listed buildings)
  • Sustainability / renewable energy
  • Flooding
  • Open spaces
  • Other

Please provide an explanation of the issue(s) (Maximum 400 characters)
The design quality of most new schemes is poor., e.g. Sandown Park. Look to new developments in Cambridge to see this need not be the case. The local plan should abolish viability statements to justify low provision of affordable homes at the moment house builders 'game the system' to avoid their obligations. There should be more use of design review panels


Do you have any comments to make in relation to this Options Consultation? (Maximum 600 characters)

It is good to have the opportunity to put forward views and help plan for sustainable prosperity


Did you respond to the previous Local Plan Strategic Options Consultation in 2016?

You must provide an answer to this question.

  • Yes
  • No