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From V Bevan
Date Started: 19 Aug 2019 12:51. Last modified: 19 Aug 2019 12:51
Status Complete
Response ID #739805


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)

The houses have been so arranged as to give each house a plot with some privacy - there are no roads where back windows are closer than 60 metres to the houses at the end of our gardens. We have plenty of grass and trees to provide some peace and and a feeling of well being. Our area was built in the 30's of 3 or 4 bedroom houses that were well contructed, each in its own reasonable plot.


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

We have more than enough large housing. There must be more smaller housing built along the lines of the semi-detached bungalows in Orchard Avenue and Greenwood Road so that older people can downsize when a family home is no longer required but they are not ready for a retirement flat. This would free up the family homes.


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)
To keep the attractive appearance and character of the area, we must keep our open spaces to differentiate between communities and provide breathing spaces. Any infill must ABSOLUTELY be complimentary to our neighbourhood and not packed into people's back gardens at maximum density to provide developers with the biggest profit. This will, in generations to come be viewed as vandalism in the same way as 1960's and 70's city centre developments are today.


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)


I would question firstly, why with a falling birth rate, this requirement is not being revised downwards. Where larger, older houses are being pulled down there should be a requirement to build semi-detached 2/3 bedroomed houses that are more affordable. Where these older houses are near village centres, 3 storey flats that look in keeping with the area (example Hinchley Manor) should be mandatory.


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)
«No response»


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 existing population of a neighbourhood still deserve to keep a good quality of life without having their driveways blocked, their access to open green spaces lost, the roads flooded because of overloaded drains and their access to local schools restricted and public services overloaded.


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

I know Elmbridge is between a rock and a hard place on this. Please, please protect as far as possible our lovely neighbourhood and do not sell out to greedy developers in order to hastily erect as many houses as possible to meet Government stringencies.


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

You must provide an answer to this question.

  • Yes
  • No