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Date Started: 09 Jan 2017 18:10. Last modified: 09 Jan 2017 19:16
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Response ID #514782

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
I would strongly disagree, the community feel is what makes Elmbridge (Oxshott in particular) attractive. We have recently moved out of London to distance ourselves from overcrowding and many of the families we have met have done the same. The addition of social housing and additional traveller sites will only dilute desirability.

2

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

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
Whilst I agree Elmbridge is an attractive place to live on the outside, there are a number of challenges that I feel need addressing:
1. The lack of school places - our local school only has sixteen spaces for next intake (there were over seventy parents at the open day) alternative schools are some distance away and require transport (adding to condensation).
2. Overcrowded public transport - the majority of peak time journeys are standing room only fares are high.
3. Heavily congested roads - it currently takes me an hour and fifteen minutes every morning to drop my daughter off to nursery, a three mile journey.

These are challenges that will not be helped with the addition of affordable housing.

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 lack of School Places - we moved to the area with our 3 year old daughter to avoid the London postcode lottery. Since applying, we have discovered that it is unlikely our daughter will be accepted at out local school (.3 of a mile away) and it is probable we will have to endure 2 hours of travel each day to get our daughter to and from the next closest option.

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?
Oxshott and Cobham are not areas of great industry and I believe that part of the beauty of the local area is the fact we are not overcrowded and land is not overdeveloped. I also believe that the greenbelt acts as a safeguard against encroachment.

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
Oxshott and Cobham are distinct communities and greenbelt prevents surrounding towns merging into one. I believe that our infrastructure would not cope with the increased population levels as set out in your proposals

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
Oxshott and Cobham are not industrious areas and as such there will be little employment for the increased population that such developments will bring. Train fairs are high would definitely off set the benefits of affordable housing for commuters. I believe this would add more strain onto the road networks. Focus for affordable housing should be placed on areas with stronger transport links and stronger core business.

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
I agree there should be diversity in the scope of what is to be built but not in affordability. Oxshott/Cobham are not city centres and have little to offer except community and lifestyle. Aggressive expansion and subsidised housing are both unsustainable in small communities. I

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
If demand is there why should it be mandatory to slow supply? Oxshott and Cobham are family oriented villages and I feel this is part of their beauty.

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
I feel investing in areas that already have infrastructure in place is advantageous. Schools, transport and employment are essential in any environment but particularly if social/affordable housing is in place.

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
Focussing on higher density will make it easier to support ne communities (transport links, schools etc) but the addition on densely populated developments to areas that have historically enjoyed open space will not only upset existing residents but create unbalance in services/infrastructure

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
Providing there is sufficient employment, schools and transport and it will not have negative impact on the existing neighbourhood

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

17

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

«No response»

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
«No response»

19

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

«No response»

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
There are no examples of where this solutions has proven successful (Newbury and Newmarket has similar solutions). Attendance is incredibly low and there are insufficient race days justify additional Facilities. The conference and exhibition facilities are also extremely undersold

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Cobham highstreet is already becoming a soulless arrangement of Estate agents and coffee shops. Focus should be placed on affordable rents and small businesses.

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
Focus should be placed on affordable rents and small businesses.

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
Focus should be placed on affordable rents and small businesses.

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
Having recently moved from Hackney, I feel this is what I feel sets Oxshott and Cobham apart from neighbouring towns and creates its desirability and a sense of community.

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

30

Are there other approaches we should consider?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
«No response»

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?

Education
Employment
Transport

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?

create school places

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.

 

The Charm of both Oxshott and Cobham is their sense of community and the fact that it is not London (i.e every square inch of land is viewed as development potential). In my eyes the benefits of affordable housing will be offset by lack of employment opportunities, expensive travel and minimal services. Focus should be placed on towns and Cities with infrastructure and opportunity rather than developing land for developments sake.

34. Files

«No files»