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Date Started: 10 Jan 2017 17:22. Last modified: 10 Jan 2017 20:18
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Response ID #515364

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
«No response»

2

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

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
«No response»

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
Housing and infrastructure, particularly the extremely heavy traffic along Hampton Court Way on a regular basis, and traffic in to Esher

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?
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
I agree about the two areas near to Cobham because of the good access to the A3 and the M25. I am concerned that the development for Long Ditton will force even further traffic on to Hampton Court Way which currently has an unsustainable amount of traffic on it.

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
I think it is extremely important to maintain our green belt and believe our infrastructure cannot cope with too much additional development. I don't know some of the other areas to know what is best for development but believe other areas should be looked at on an individual basis for small development only.

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
It is extremely hard for young people to afford to buy in the area

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
I believe we can still allow some larger homes as long as there is a better mix of smaller homes as well. It will help improve the quality of the new developments if there is a mix with larger housing as well.

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 can't envisage what this is on a practical basis. It should be considered on an individual basis and not as an overall ruling. We don't want to spoil the local area that we are so proud of and to ruin the quality of life and value of the current homes.

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
I can't envisage this without examples.

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
In an ideal world yes, but we still need to meet our requirements to provide enough housing. It is better to provide higher density housing in new areas where people moving in will know what they are moving to, than in existing areas where it will change the environment for people currently living here and could devalue their property.

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
Their lease should require them to keep their plots free of rubbish.

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
I don't believe that local shops should be turned into houses.

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
I don't know the area to comment on this.

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
I don't believe the road structure can cope with additional development at Sandown. And there isn't room to extend the roads. The traffic around Hampton Court Way and Esher are at an unacceptable level, partly because of the bridge over the river. Maybe the council can look into building an additional bridge to spread the flow of traffic.

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
We run the risk of ruining our town and village centres otherwise, particularly where some shops are converted to housing. Maybe the rates can be reduced to encourage more businesses to fill the local shops.

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
Apart from points below in 21c

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
It is vital to retain the character of the different towns and villages

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
It is a potential risk in our area and so should be looked into appropriately and managed proactively

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
All new development should provide a realistic amount of parking for the amount of cars that many houses have, not just the minimum It is quite feasible for houses to have 3 or 4 cars with grown up children living longer at home and that is putting increasing pressure on local roads. That means more parking spaces which means less space for housing but it needs to be allowed for. Also, housing developments should be focussed in areas where there is less pressure on local roads.

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?

The three items mentioned above are essential.
Public transport should definitely be improved in the area as it is quite poor, particularly in Thames Ditton. Could a bus be provided along Hampton Court Way? And if there was a proper bus service into Kingston from Thames Ditton that could reduce some traffic. I would definitely use that if there was one. Either the K3 route could be extended or a new bus provided. We are surrounded by London bus services in East Molesey, Esher, Claygate but for some reason we only have a very limited local bus service in Thames Ditton which is being reduced.
It sounds as though the council has allowed for schooling provision.
As mentioned earlier the traffic in Thames Ditton and Esher is very bad but I don't know how this can be improved, except by not putting any more pressure on it.
More doctors' surgeries should be provided at all new large developments. Hospitals are also a cause for concern as waiting times, particularly for accident and emergency, are already long, and there are frequent talks about closing these units at some local hospitals. They need to be increased rather than reduced.

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?

Bus service as above.

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.

 

I know this doesn't relate to development in our borough but there are so many areas of the country that are much less built up than in the SE with more room for development and providing suitable roads. Are the Government concentrating the majority of development in those areas rather than trying to shoe horn housing into already saturated areas?
As mentioned earlier, an additional bridge over the river would alleviate the heavy traffic all heading towards Hampton Court bridge.

34. Files

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