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Date Started: 17 Jan 2017 17:15. Last modified: 17 Jan 2017 17:15
Status Complete
Response ID #516809

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
There are huge pressures to accommodate all requirements in a highly populated borough close to London that is, nevertheless, still green and semi-rural in places.

2

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

 

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don’t know

Please explain your answer
Include the River and the Thames Path in the tourist attractions.
Include flood risk as a priority and protection for undefended natural floodplain.

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
What is 'weakly performing' greenbelt. Where is this defined? Might these definitions lead to degradation of greenbelt in private/commercial ownership in order to comply with 'weakly performing'?

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
Need weakly performing Green Belt defined. Please tell us.

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
«No response»

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
What do these definitions mean?

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
If Kempton Park closes and activities are relocated to Sandown this will include evening race meetings and extensive floodlighting.

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
Question 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, open spaces are essential to the health and well-being of our comunities on many levels. We note that Hurst Park and Meadows are suggested for inclusion in the borough's designations of areas for Local Green Spaces. The Friends strongly endorse this, bearing in mind the requirements:
The NPPF sets out that the designation should only be used where:

The green space is:in close proximity to the community it serves
It is - central. It is greatly used by local people and the community of dog-walkers and families is a social network of itself. It is used by all ages for exercise, walking, jogging, puddle splashing, learning to ride bikes, scooting, bird-feeding, and much more. There are always people in the landscape here, and day to day they are local people. It is also used more widely for the Thames Path, the River Thames, the historic landscape and setting and because of its arcadian beauty. It is covered within the TLS garden walk leaflet, for example.

Demonstrably special and holds a particular, local significance because of its beauty, history, recreational value, tranquillity and richness of wildlife.
Hurst Park and Meadows are valued for all these elements. You have scored it inexplicably lower for tranquility and wildlife. there is tranquility to be enjoyed here. We may get aircraft noise with an easterly airstream, otherwise what you hear are natural sounds of birds, breeze, people in the landscape, dog barking sometimes. This is a place where people sit and linger; the riverside seats are often occupied and the Hurst Marker is a popular stopping and meeting point. In summer it is popular for sunbathing and sunny lunches. We see family parties going on, and there are local charity events as well as regattas and towpath rides attracting users from a wider area. After dark we hear tawny owls and foxes. As regards wildlife, a 5 please! We have a remarkable variety of waterbirds, and a lot of nesting resulting in successful young. This is a major attraction during the season for children coming to feed the birds. They see ducklings, goslings, cygnets and young grebe, coot and moorhen. We have a flock of tufted ducks whch is year round - as well as a winter flock, they also breed on the reach along Hurst Park and Meadows in quiet spots close to the water's edge, bringing their young out on to the water. We have the designation of SNCI for the entire river, islands and riverbanks as well as SNCI and LNR for Hurst Meadows. This area is always surprising us with new and rare species of butterfly and flora. The no-dog area of the Little Meadow is special for families and wildlife as it is less disturbed. The river here is an important fishery - the EA recently installed a new multi-species fish pass and eel counts take place. There are varieties of fish here and angling competitions are held regularly. We see grebe catching smalll fish for their young, which indicates a good fishery. Wildlife in the water is often overlooked but it must be seen as part of the whole; it is important to this environment and that includes the insect life at the water's edge with damsel flies and mayflies in season.

It is not an extensive tract of land:
The area is confined by the Thames and the housing estates. It is universally and readily accessible to all local residents - they don't have to walk far to get on to Hurst Park and Meadows. The Thames Path is used for journeys, especially when Hampton Ferry is in operation in the summer, linking to frequent bus routes on the Middlesex Bank and Hampton Court Station. Many people access better public transport this way, and the ferry also accommodates bikes.

These public open spaces of Hurst Park and Meadows have already proved their worth, carefully nurtured over decades by Elmbridge Council. They are popular, universally accessible and valued. Enhancements should relate to their current uses and to improving their value to wildlife, which is greatly enjoyed. The more natural an environment, the greater its value for wildlife and the greater its contribution to the landscape. The landscape and setting here is particularly important in the historical context too, recognised for its Arcadian beauty in the TLS as supplementary planning guidance. This is something of national - even international - importance as the royal river so close to Hampton Court Palace.

This park is worthy of a top score!

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
As regards the finer detail with flood risk and development, the Environment Agency has a dataset and map developed as part of the River Thames Scheme. Can the borough not tap into that extraordinarily detailed information relating to flooding?

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?

«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?

«No response»

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.

 

Once Green Belts have been defined, local planning authorities should plan positively to enhance the beneficial use of the Green Belt … or to improve damaged and derelict land. This would indicate that 'weakly performing' would not be an acceptable basis for a change to policy.

34. Files

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