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From FEDORA (David Cooke)
Date Started: 06 Jan 2017 13:27. Last modified: 01 Aug 2017 10:05
Status Complete
Response ID #514260

1

Agree that the challenges set out in section 2 of the consultation document are the key challenges facing Elmbridge?

 

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don't Know

Please explain your answer
There is a lot about economics and housing but very little on preserving open countryside in terms of its landscape, recreational and wildlife value.

Basically the Elmbridge area is already "full".

2

Do you consider there are other challenges that we should be addressing?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
As above.

Also this potential erosion of Green Belt is the thin end of the wedge.

One can imagine that every time more housing is needed a further parcel of Green Belt will be released.

The classification of Green Belt in terms of weakly, moderately and strongly performing areas is highly subjective considering only 2 of the 5 purposes for which it was created. The Knowle Park to Brick Pit area in particular prevents merging of the villages of Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon.

Also the Knowle Park to Brick Pit area is particularly unsuitable for removal from the Green Belt because:
1. Access would have to be via Fairmile, Water, Littleheath or Blundel Lanes which are narrow and already overcongested.
2. There are ancient woodlands on part of the site.
3. The Brick Pit has wildlife and widely used recreational walks around it.
4. There is a public footpath through the site from Richards and Irene Road to the Stoke Road along the current edge of the Knowle Park estate.
5. There is a scout camp on the site requiring surrounding countryside.
6. The area contains fields used for grazing horses.
7. There is a high pressure gas main under some of the fields near the railway bridge.

3

Do you consider any particular challenge or challenges that are more important than the others?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
The government has acquiesced in allowing far too much immigration which has placed unbearable pressure on infrastructure.

Extra people should go into uncrowded areas and jobs should be created there rather than having an evermore dependence on London.

4

Agree that Option 2 is the most appropriate option?

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don’t know

If you disagree, please explain why and what other option would you support and why?
I would question the number of new houses needed.

Your previous planning policies have led to the preponderance of overlarge houses. More land will not correct this, only more rigorous application of granting permission for the right size of dwellings.

If forced by government to provide more housing it should be by more intensive development of urban and brownfield sites even if this means taller buildings.

5

Do you consider the suggested exceptional circumstances are sufficient to support the amendment of the Green Belt boundary?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
The demand for new houses is not an exceptional circumstance. It will persist for many years. Are we going to tarmac over the whole country?

6

Agree that, given the appropriate exceptional circumstances, these three key strategic areas are appropriate for removal from the Green Belt?

 

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don’t know

Please explain your answer
We need to maintain green areas amongst our communities.

7

Do you know of any sites within any of the three key strategic areas that could be considered for future development?

 

  • Yes
  • No

Please explain your answer
A more rigorous look at Brownfield sites.

8

Do you consider that other areas of land should be removed from the Green Belt including those that are moderately or strongly performing?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
You must value the countryside more than the government seems to want you to do.

9

Do you agree that we should seek to provide more of a balance in terms of the size of new homes being built?  

 

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
But it must be sensitively done in areas where subdivision of plots would not be a problem.

10

Given the over delivery of homes with 4 or more bedrooms should we try to limit their delivery in future?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
But only in places where a plot can and should be subdivided. Probably exclude some premium areas like the Crown Estate in Oxshott.

11

Should we seek to increase minimum densities at sustainable locations in the urban areas, such as in town centres and at train stations, above 40 dwellings per hectare, where this would not impact on local character?

  • Yes (If yes, what density do you think would be appropriate?)
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
40 dwellings per hectare. Do not try to cram too many people in.

12a

Within the three key strategic areas we will be exploring opportunities for accommodating our development needs taking into account site constraints, land ownership, compliance with other planning policies and the need to support sustainable development.  If potential housing sites are identified within these areas, do you consider it appropriate to

a. deliver at higher densities i.e. above 40 dwellings per hectare, in order to maximise delivery?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
These Green Belt locations are not near town centres and should be at much lower densities of less than 10 per hectare.

12b

Within the three key strategic areas we will be exploring opportunities for accommodating our development needs taking into account site constraints, land ownership, compliance with other planning policies and the need to support sustainable development.  If potential housing sites are identified within these areas, do you consider it appropriate to:

b. Support lower density developments that maintain the open character of an area and reflects the surrounding character

 

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
This is a more sensitive solution.

13

Agree with our approach to continue to apply Policy CS21 of the Core Strategy e.g. consider on a case by case basis whether local circumstances are sufficient to warrant the requirement of affordable housing contributions on all sites where there is a net increase in housing and where it is viable?

 

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don't know

Please explain your answer
T.his seems sensible

14

Are there any other aspects of Government policy which you think we should consider with regard to meeting the accommodation needs of non-travelling Travellers?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
I am not sure why it is assessed that we need 2-9 more sites? Surely we are not encouraging people to become travellers? It should be the reverse and to encourage them to live in regular houses THIS PART OF THE COMMENT HAS BEEN REDACTED.

15

Do you consider there to be any other specific housing needs that are an issue within Elmbridge and that we should seek to address as part of the new Local Plan?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
The houses available are the houses available. Elmbridge does not have a duty to house everyone who might wish to live in the borough.

16

Do you agree that the Council should seek to protect our most important and strategic employment areas from redevelopment to uses other than offices, warehousing and factories?

 

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don't know

Please explain your answer
We need jobs other than those in London

17

If not, what degree of flexibility do you consider would be appropriate with regard to alternative uses in such areas?

Not applicable

18

Do you think that there are any exceptional circumstances that would support the amendment of the Green Belt boundary at Brooklands to support the further development of employment uses at this site?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
The Green Belt should not be negotiable. If you give some of it away, inevitably you will later give more and then all of it away.

19

Other than Green Belt what other barriers do you consider could prevent further development at Brooklands?

Flooding.

20

We will seek to maintain our broad support for tourism related development as set out in the Core Strategy. However, to recognise the importance of Sandown Park Racecourse as both a sporting and exhibition venue should we:

Encourage the redevelopment of Sandown Racecourse to provide improved and extended conference and hotel facilities?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
However the road infrastructure is clearly completely inadequate with unacceptable tailbacks on event days.

21a

Maintain our policy of focussing new retail development to town and village centres?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Parking in town/village centres is completely inadequate for more retail development in centres.

21b

Continue to protect primary shopping areas from other uses as set out in the current Core Strategy?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Retail is shifting more to online and fewer high street outlets will probably be needed.

21c

Consider allowing other important uses in primary high street shopping frontages such as doctor’s surgeries, dentists and libraries?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
If there is parking available and shops do not need the space.

22

Should the Council continue to give a high level of protection to all open spaces and designate those spaces that meet the criteria for Local Green Spaces?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
The natural environment needs protection from the avalanche of developments.

23

Do you agree with our approach to biodiversity and mitigating the impact of new development on the Thames Basin Heaths habitat?

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
But don't keep cutting trees down.

24

Do you agree that our strategic and pro-active approach to supporting our heritage assets is appropriate?

  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I disagree
  • I don't know

Please explain your answer
«No response»

25

If not, what approach do you think we should take?

«No response»

26

Do you agree that the Council’s current approach to considering design and character is appropriate?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
«No response»

27

If not what approach do you think we should take?

«No response»

28

Should we look at including a policy providing more detailed advice on what is required to limit the cumulative impact of small scale development on flood risk?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Excessive development limits the natural ground area for rain to soak away.

29

Do you consider the existing policies seeking to reduce the impacts of new development with regard to delivering more sustainable travel patterns outlined above are still appropriate?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
The roads in the Elmbridge area are very overcrowded but there are few satisfactory bus services, at least in Oxshott, to encourage people to keep their cars off the road.

A satisfactory bus service is one that runs at least every hour, and preferably every half an hour.

30

Are there other approaches we should consider?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
As above

31

What do you consider to be the essential infrastructure items required to support new communities e.g. the potential development of the 3 key strategic areas?

Elmbridge should not develop the 3 key areas. We need the green spaces and the infrastructure is inadequate, particularly roads.

32

What smaller infrastructure improvements do you think could be made within your local area to address some of the negative impacts arising from new development?

None if the areas are not developed.

33

We recognise that there may be other issues or options we have not considered that you would like to raise. If there are we would like to hear these and consider them as part for this consultation. Please use this space to write anything else you would like us to consider.

 

There is general concern that Elmbridge is obliged to provide ever more housing in an area that is already full. I do not think they should be.

34. Files

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