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A Emery Elmbridge has already stated previously that a central part of its core strategy is to protect the Green Belt - this must remain a priority.

The Government in its 2015 Manifesto pledged ours to be “the first generation to leave the natural environment better than we found it”.

In the House of Commons, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: "In 2015, we promised the British people that the green belt was safe in our hands and that is still the case."
This consultation document leaves no question that the green belt is not safe.

The quality of life for people already living in the specified areas will be diminished with an influx of new residents, which counteracts the aim at the top of this paper which is to address the challenges "to everyone who lives, works and visits the Borough."

There will be a dramatic increase in traffic on already busy roads around Hinchley Wood and Long Ditton Village, areas which have severe constraints due to enclosure by A309/A3/A243 and Portsmouth Road.

Flash floods in the summer of 2016 highlighted that the area is already at risk. This major issue will be exacerbated and drains will be overwhelmed with the advent of more housing.
21 Feb 2017 12:16
A Emery Yes 21 Feb 2017 12:16
A Littler Reducing journeys by car, especially those of under 3 miles each way. Good cycleways and footpath, such as those in Milton Keynes, would produce a huge benefit to health, the NHS and education.
A new key challenge is facilitating pleasant mixed communities in which people want to live/work and where they feel ownership and engagement with society.
Minimising the environmental impacts from existing population.
The challenges set out represent a very short-term view only. 2035 is less than a generation away.
Increasing the delivery of affordable/small housing is also an economic challenge.
Protecting/enhancing the natural environment is also a social challenge
Infrastructure - needs to be ALL infrastructure, not just that resulting from increased development. It's important to consider overall improvements, not just deal reactively with new needs.
Minimise the environmental impacts from EXISTING developments as well as any new ones.
18 Feb 2017 10:12
A Littler Yes 18 Feb 2017 10:12
A S Cooper Yes 08 Feb 2017 11:15
A S Cooper YES. Apart from the preservation of our green spaces for all, I see quality of life as including working with others to promote or develop basic infrastructure and services such as access to healthcare, education, law and order, sanitation and transport - and , yes, leisure and recreation. These all need significant investment before contemplating expanding the population on brownfield developments. However, short of any new investment, I see a slow but steady degradation of these services. Indeed, the proposal to build on green belt would actively remove leisure and recreation options. 08 Feb 2017 11:15
A. Fletcher In my opinion, there are the following key challenges:

• To retain the quality of life for existing residents in Elmbridge
• To resolve the transport congestion in our area - Cobham/Stoke d’Abernon/Oxshott have severe constraints due to enclosure by A3/M25
• To retain strong protection for the Green Belt as set out in the Government’s White Paper
• To avoid further urbanisation and in-fill
• To maintain the environment and avoid further pollution
24 Feb 2017 09:51
A. Fletcher Yes 24 Feb 2017 09:51
A.B Cotterell Key to the future of Elmbridge, if it deserves to survive as a Borough, is the preservation of the environment, already under threat by back garden development. The only way forward in planning terms is to have higher density in brown field sites. 29 Dec 2016 08:59
A.B Cotterell Yes 29 Dec 2016 08:59
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