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Date Started: 15 Jan 2017 18:11. Last modified: 15 Jan 2017 19:45
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Response ID #516264

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
«No response»

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?
You have taken the easy way out and focused on the areas of Elmbridge that currently offer the only affordable housing and the smallest amount of green belt. So apparently you feel its better to target the people living in the borough with the least rather than take on the very wealthy of the borough who all live in the very large houses that you say there are too many of surrounded by green belt land.

Whilst I will be very sorry to lose any green belt land as this is what makes Elmbridge the special place that it is, I feel very strongly that you should spread the load around evenly throughout the borough and not completely destroy the character of a couple of small communities so that the wealthy people living in the most spacious area's are not in the slightest affected.

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
I understand that some small area's of green belt might need to be lost but not the whole of the green belt in one area only. The houses that need to be built should be spread throughout the borough which would give the least impact

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 think that the whole borough should carry the load and not just a couple of area's that already have very limited green space available. If you look at the plan of the borough, the area that you have picked in Hinchley wood/Long Ditton is one of the area's with the least green space available and so you should not take this away as it is a very important part of our community and was one of the reasons that we all paid premium prices to live here which for most has been a real struggle

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
The Rose/Wood garden centre and Squires garden centre, both of which are an important part of our community. (please let me know where the nearest alternative within the borough is)?

The Hockey and cricket club that have long histories in the area and offers some of the very limited sporting activities within this part of the borough. The Hockey club has produced Olympic champions which the borough should be recognising and celebrating and not shutting down. I'm assuming that you are not aware of their achievements? Well Hinchley Wood and Long Ditton are very proud!

Allotments which are a very important part of peoples lives especially the retired who are offered extremely limited other facitlites

The nature reserve which give the area the only piece of open space within walking distance unlike all the green spaces available in Oxshott , Esher, Weybridge and the other affluent area's in the borough

I'm assuming that the cemetery opposite the church is not part of the proposal but if it is 'shame on you'

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
Whilst I will be very sorry to lose any green belt I feel very strongly that if green belt needs to be lost this burden should be carried by the whole of the borough and not just a few unfortunate areas

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
Yes I think that the balance of larger and smaller affordable houses should be spread throughout the borough, so the council should look at Esher, Oxshott, Weybridge and other areas where the balance of size of house is very focussed on the very large and is completely unaffordable for the normal working person

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
Yes the focus should be on smaller houses affordable by the normal working person but these houses should be built throughout the borough including the areas where there are far too many large houses and more open spaces

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 think that if additional houses need to be built then they should be built throughout the borough. There would be less impact if the burden was spread around evenly... maybe 100 affordable dwellings in 50 different area's throughout the borough. Please don't make one or two areas carry the responsibility for the whole borough

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
No one wants to live on top of each other its not healthy. Why not build where you have more space to give everyone some quality of life and not just the lucky wealthy of the more exclusive area's of this borough

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
I agree with lower density developments that fit in the surrounding character of the area but that's not going to happen if you put all the additional dwellings in one area by destroying the character of that area and all that is good about it with local amenities and green spaces. Spread out the lower density developments evenly throughout the borough so not to destroy the integrity of the borough

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
Not sure I understand the question? However I think I disagree

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
Have gipsy sites spread throughout the country including Westminster, Chelsea and Kensington and all the other very wealthy boroughs who's main complaint is that their neighbours are building an underground cinema or swimming pool complex.

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 wealthy areas of Elmbridge should carry more of the burden of the borough. This should not be left to the hard working people who are at the heart of this amazing place.

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 would prefer to keep the green belt rather than industrial areas. We are traditionally not an industrial borough but known as the leafy green belt.

17

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

As I keep saying no one area or site should have to carry the whole burden. If this is shared out evenly throughout all aspects of the borough then everyone in the borough can continue to live and enjoy the borough whilst opening it up to additional people who can also benefit from what the area has to give. There is no point destroying one area to have 5000 additional people by removing everything that is good about that area... This is a chance to share the problems throughout the borough and not sacrifice certain areas to carry the whole burden whilst leaving everyone else to carry on enjoying all the borough has to offer

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 think this would be up to the local people

19

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

I don't really know the area so cant comment

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
Whilst I enjoy having Sandown as a local amenity, it already causes huge problems with traffic and pollution as the local infrastructure is already unable to cope with the increase of people and so adding more facilities is not really a viable options as anyone living in the area will confirm

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
I think this works well

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
Yes people have to shop

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 it stops every other shop being a charity shop or empty then I suppose that's better than the ideal which would be lots of thriving local shopping opportunities especially for lots of people especially the elderly who often don't have transport and rely of the local facilities

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
All green spaces are precious

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
Everyone in the borough needs to be given consideration including the wildlife that lives here

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
The boroughs heritage is important including the nature reserve at Long Ditton

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
Yes I think this is important but is not currently always the case

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
Of course

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
If you need to provide more sustainable travel patterns then I think the infrastructure already cant cope

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?

Hinchley Wood/Long Ditton
The area is not able to cope with providing an infrastructure able to cope with an additional 5000 people without destroying it.

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?

We need better infrastructure to cope with the current community as its not coping already . Condition of the roads is terrible, better parking restrictions to make the dangerous cut through roads safer, ie Ditton Road and around the shops at Long Ditton. Better,more regular bus service as can't get on the bus during rush hour. More doctors, hospitals, help with mental health issues and national health dentists. More open spaces for people to get fresh air and exercise for their health and wellbeing.

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 burden of the additional housing required and effect this will have on local communities should be shared throughout the borough and not carried by one or two area's. This is an issue for the whole borough and should not be focused on a couple of communities whilst the rest of the borough breaths a sigh of relief and just carries on with their lives as before. This is not going to be possible for the area's that you have pick on as you are taking away everything that made this community what it is (I'm referring to the Hinckley Wood/Long Ditton plans as that is the area where I live and an area that I love)

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