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From A Littler
Date Started: 18 Feb 2017 10:12. Last modified: 18 Feb 2017 18:41
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Response ID #521961

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
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.
Infrastructure is the foundation for the other development needs, which are dependent on it for maintaining the high quality environment which we currently have.

2

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

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
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.

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
Infrastructure, as it is so important in achieving pleasant communities.
Reducing car journeys by providing practical and attractive alternatives.
Affordable/small housing, important in achieving mixed communities and minimising distances people need to travel to work.

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?
These areas all do still meet the purpose of the Green Belt. Strongly/moderately or weakly should not come into the discussion. Unmet housing need is NOT an 'exceptional circumstance' that justifies removing these areas from the green belt.
Oxshott, Stoke d'Abernon and Cobham are seen by their residents as distinct settlements. Merging them would NOT be maintaining their different characters.
Smaller housing units, generally/probably inhabited by those with limited financial resources, need to be within easy walk/cycle/wheelchair reach of community facilities (shops, medical facilities, libraries, schools etc). Sticking them on the outside edge of a large blob of low density housing will not achieve this. We don't need more large housing that will increase car journeys.
Option 2 will increase pressure on the rest of the Green Belt.
Duty to cooperate should be used to conduct a discussion of regional strategic planning, looking long-term (at least 30 years) and at the widest picture of the area's needs within the context of the country as a whole. Why aren't we developing excellent and strong communities in other parts of the country with higher unemployment?

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
These sites are all too remote from community facilities to be suitable for small housing units. We don't need more big houses.
The development would be ribbon development - along the Kingston By-Pass/Woodstock Lane, Portsmouth Road, Blundel Lane, Water Lane. It would make a huge visual difference in these areas to those using the roads, the railway and footpaths.
Ancient woodlands, commons and allotments are important and are irreplaceable in the very short time-frame of this exercise. The biodiversity resource in Elmbridge would be irredeemably fragmented and damaged.
These sites have a high amenity value - indeed, that is greater than their agricultural value.
Polyapes has a very high recreational value, not only for young people in Elmbridge, but also for those from elsewhere in the UK who use it, especially Kingston upon Thames. It is readily accessible by rail and footpath and is a safe and tranquil space where young people can be young people, learn about themselves and others, learn new skills, unrestricted by noise-sensitive near neighbours and street lighting.

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
These sites are all too remote from community facilities to be suitable for small housing units. We don't need more big houses.
The development would be ribbon development - along the Kingston By-Pass/Woodstock Lane, Portsmouth Road, Blundel Lane, Water Lane. It would make a huge visual difference in these areas to those using the roads, the railway and footpaths.

Ancient woodlands, commons and allotments are important and are irreplaceable in the very short time-frame of this exercise. The biodiversity resource in Elmbridge would be irredeemably fragmented and damaged.
These sites have a high amenity value - indeed, that is greater than their agricultural value.
Area 14 is not "highly managed" - your assessment says much of it is "rough scrubland". Some is horse pasture; Knowle Hill is occasionally grazed; Polyapes, ancient woodland and common land receive little management. There are fine open and distant views from the top of the hill on the footpath. It is a quiet spot with little traffic noise and thus valuable in this noisy area. Polyapes has a very high recreational value, not only for over 1000 young people in Elmbridge but also for those from elsewhere in the UK, and abroad, who use it. In 2016 it provided nearly 9000 days camping, plus evening and daytime activities for young people, and training for adult volunteers in Scouting. It is accessible by rail and footpath and is a safe and tranquil space where young people can be young people, learn about themselves and others, learn new skills, unrestricted by noise-sensitive near neighbours and street lighting. Its quiet, semi-rural setting is very important. A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health has shown the benefits of Scouting extend beyond middle age: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2016-207898
Oxshott, Stoke d'Abernon and Cobham are seen by their residents as distinct settlements. Merging them would NOT be maintaining their different characters.
Area 58 is mixed use, very sustainable as such, and important as an open area to the surrounding 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
The Green Belt was designated for clearly stated purposes, which have not been shown to be superseded. The need for it is probably stronger than ever.

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
The Green Belt was designated for clearly stated purposes, which have not been shown to be superseded. The need for it is probably stronger than ever.

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
Considerable parts of Elmbridge are moving away from pleasant mixed communities in which people feel ownership and want to engage with society, towards huge houses for single families, and gated developments. Strategic planning has a large part to play in improving the balance.
Urban renewal and regeneration continues to be of high priority and I believe the Council should be seeking to use brownfield sites. Increased density in such areas will allow for the provision of smaller, more affordable homes

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
Considerable parts of Elmbridge are moving away from pleasant mixed communities in which people feel ownership and want to engage with society, towards huge houses for single families, and gated developments. Strategic planning has a large part to play in improving the balance.
Urban renewal and regeneration continues to be of high priority and I believe the Council should be seeking to use brownfield sites. Increased density in such areas will allow for the provision of smaller, more affordable homes

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
At least 40 dwellings per hectare, where this would not impact on local character.

Good design and imagination will be key here. Perhaps involve the community at pre-app stage?

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
The areas are too far from community centres for reasonable living without much money for transport.

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
but only if good cycleway and footpath provision is made that is easy and safe for adults and children to use to reach shops, surgeries, churches, halls, libraries, schools etc - Milton Keynes is a good example of well-used cycleways that work. Making this sort of provision in Elmbridge will require a thorough overhaul of the present infrastructure in order to upgrade it in a suitable way; there would be huge benefits to health and wellbeing if there were less dependence on the car, lasting beyond the 15 year period of this exercise. Has Elmbridge got the political will to make such beneficial changes?

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
I have not had time to consider this topic as fully as it deserves

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
Consideration needs to be given at the earliest opportunity to the feasibility and extent of infrastructure required to accommodate extra housing, in order to move towards Elmbridge being a pleasant place to live.

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
Mixed residential/retail/small business developments are the norm in many other countries in Europe and have proven successful.
Mixed residential/retail/small business developments are likely to draw the required talent/labour resources to the strategic employment areas in the Borough and do so in a more affordable manner. This could also reduce dependence on the car to get to the workplace.

17

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

Complete flexibility, openmindedness and a willingness to look at other countries to see what works well and if appropriate to introduce it here

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?

Lack of infrastructure in the surrounding area. If more people were able to enjoyably and safely cycle to Brooklands, some of the carparking areas could be used for employment purposes.

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 haven't had time to consider this topic fully

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Yes: It's important for the health of our communities that these facilities are available centrally or where a majority of potential users can reach them easily without having to use a car.

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
Mixed residential/retail/small business developments are the norm in many other countries in Europe and have proven successful.
Mixed residential/retail/small business developments are likely to draw the required talent/labour resources to the strategic employment areas in the Borough and do so in a more affordable manner. This could help reduce dependence on cars and so reduce journeys

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
Yes: It's important for the health of our communities that these facilities are available centrally or where a majority of potential users can reach them easily without having to use a car.

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
Those who want to live in urban surroundings can move to them.
Green spaces provide the “green lungs” to counter the imodern pressures of noise, hard surfaces, light pollution and traffic.
Creative design should be used to maximise the opportunity around these areas.

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
Every little helps

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 heritage assets of Surrey are important in establ;ishing its character, and what makes it so attractive to many people. They are irreplaceable and worth fighting to keep.

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
Recent housing development seems generally to lack good design and is largely of the 'in your face' character around Oxshott/Stoke d'Abernon/Cobham and is rapidly destroying the semi-rural appearance of these areas, turning it very urban. Comparison with the expensive bits of Wimbledon, for example, is interesting.

27

If not what approach do you think we should take?

One that results in enhanced biodiversity, doesn't increase the flood risk from small developments and maintains a semi-rural character in semi-rural areas.

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
This is essential in the longer term - ie more than 15 years/1 generation. It is easier to start now than have regrets later that more wasn't done earlier. A lot of front gardens/vegetated areas around houses have vanished and been replaced by less permeable surfaces steering run-off into the road

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
Initiate new direct cycling and walking routes to reduce car journeys of less than 3 miles so that cycling/walking can be as easy or easier and more pleasant than driving.

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?

Good direct cycling and walking routes, so that cycling/walking can be as easy or easier and more pleasant than driving for journeys of under 3 miles. Milton Keynes is a good example of popular cycle routes because they are very useable.

Pleasant and safe cycle routes from new developments to the station, shops, schools, medical facilities, library etc etc. For them to be useable, they should be considered right from the start of planning any new development, not tacked on cheaply at the end.

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?

Dedicated cycle routes that don't require the cyclist to give way more often than a car making the equivalent journey, and which adults feel are safe enough to allow their children to cycle for school and leisure.
Include good direct walking routes to community centre and facilities.

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.

 

Greater well-being and better health should be the goal and measure of an area, not wealth maximisation.
Government at all levels should be working to make us happier - there are plenty of good evidence-based surveys that indicate what makes people happy. Danny Dorling's work is of good standing in this area and very readable.
Some longer-term ambitions of strategic planning in Elmbridge are necessary to achieve a sustainable environment and no worse a life for future generations.

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