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From Surrey County Council (Plannin…
Date Started: 09 Mar 2017 12:55. Last modified: 09 Mar 2017 12:57
Status Complete
Response ID #527594

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?
3. Meeting key challenges
The Government's Housing White Paper "Fixing our broken housing market" (DCLG 2017) includes a proposal to make more land available for homes by maximising the contribution of surplus land already in public ownership. We would be pleased to liaise with you on potential opportunities with regard to county council assets although we consider that these will be limited on land that does not fall within the Green Belt. The county council strongly supports the protection of the Green Belt. However, should the outcome of this Strategic Options consultation lead the Borough Council to consider that exceptional circumstances necessitate the release of moderately performing parcels of Green Belt land to help meet identified housing requirements, we would look to your assessment of the development potential of the land within our ownership in the borough.

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
Health and social care
Para 1.2
We anticipate that there will be full appraisal of future sites (referred to in para 2.26) to consider the impacts on all groups in the community relating to health and social care. At this stage we would highlight some of the key issues to be considered in the appraisal as follows:
- Air quality and the potential health impacts of air pollution
- Highway and community safety and security
- Accessibility to housing and services for all groups in the community including those facing long term physical or mental illness or disability, and the older population
- Access to open space and maximum opportunities for all sectors of the population to make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Design standards to ensure that new homes are energy efficient, well insulated and ventilated and that they meet criteria regarding accessibility, security and amenity for all sectors of the population.

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

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 response»

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
«No response»

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
«No response»

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
«No response»

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
«No response»

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
Our heritage team support a strategic, high-level approach. The statement in para 4.44 that heritage should be regarded as an asset rather than a constraint is fully supported.

25

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

Our heritage team have no recommendations to make on a possible "alternative" approach.

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
It is our view that the impact of new development including congestion and air pollution should be addressed by encouraging more sustainable travel patterns including modal shift through increased walking and cycling. We therefore support the existing policies to protect and improving infrastructure such as footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths and the requirement for major development to prepare travel plans. These should include modal shift targets with behavioural change indicators to measure and monitor success.

30

Are there other approaches we should consider?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
As well as modal shift, the wider use of electric vehicles can reduce emissions and improve air quality. Policies should therefore encourage new development to provide electric vehicle charging facilities.

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?

«No response»

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?

The county council is aware of the general public concern throughout Surrey relating to the infrastructure delivery implications for new Local Plan development, particularly with regard to transport and education provision. Under the Duty to Co-operate the county council is required to work closely with local planning authorities to identify the additional need and distribution for the infrastructure and services that we provide. Elmbridge Borough and county council officers will therefore be working together so that these can be delivered to support the future local plan proposals for new development.

With regard to future school capacity within the borough over the next ten years, it is likely that we will require some extra provision at both primary and secondary phases, especially if development need is to be met in full. We may need to either expand existing schools or build new schools or undertake a mixture of both options. However, the yield cannot be precisely estimated because additional need will depend on the size of units, their dispersal and location in terms of proximity to existing provision. As well as yield we will also need to take into account the latent capacity in existing schools at the time of the new development being delivered.

With regard to the transport impacts of the proposals, you will be aware that we are undertaking some initial strategic transport modelling. This work will help to inform the approach to be taken forward in the Local Plan, following the current strategic options consultation. More detailed transport modelling will be required at the next stage in taking forward the local plan: when the preferred option for development is decided.

It will be important to ensure that developers properly contribute to the provision of appropriate infrastructure, including towards additional school places and transport infrastructure mitigation, which will be required because of additional pressures generated by their developments.

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.

 

Transport and Infrastructure Delivery
Para 4.51
It could be made clearer in this paragraph that one of the main causes of poor air quality is the use of cars and not simply the high ownership levels. This reliance on the private car also generates congestion at peak times and stationary traffic which as well as causing inconvenience and incurring economic costs, further contributes to air pollution. The challenge is to change this situation through sustainable transport measures.

As the plan moves forward, the impact on the road network of cross boundary development such as the Heathrow expansion, Crossrail 2, and potential strategic housing sites in neighbouring authorities will also need to be considered.

Health and social care
Para 1.2
We anticipate that there will be full appraisal of future sites (referred to in para 2.26) to consider the impacts on all groups in the community relating to health and social care. At this stage we would highlight some of the key issues to be considered in the appraisal as follows:
- Air quality and the potential health impacts of air pollution
- Highway and community safety and security
- Accessibility to housing and services for all groups in the community including those facing long term physical or mental illness or disability, and the older population
- Access to open space and maximum opportunities for all sectors of the population to make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Design standards to ensure that new homes are energy efficient, well insulated and ventilated and that they meet criteria regarding accessibility, security and amenity for all sectors of the population.

Para 2.24
At this stage we would not expect the document to address in detail the challenges relating to health and social care in detail, but from the county council's perspective these issues are of strategic importance. For instance, it would be appropriate to have included "health, wellbeing and community safety" in the Figure 5 Venn diagram where "Key Environmental Challenges" overlap with "Key Social Challenges", particularly as this intersection is left blank.

34. Files

«No files»