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Date Started: 25 Jan 2017 22:07. Last modified: 25 Jan 2017 22:07
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Response ID #518219

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
I do not see a necessity to grow Long Ditton beyond the limit of it's sustainability.

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?
«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
The greenbelt protection/classification of most of Long ditto's green spaces should remain, for the sake of health and wellbeing and recreation. What you call parcel 58 has areas which should remain greenbelt as a legacy for future generations. The church the buddhist temple the allotments, one tree hill, stokes fields, the hockey and cricket facilities all need to remain protected as they are a valuable unreplaceable resource.

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
The land on the Chessingto Claygate side of the bypass and The Cap in Hand site and the land beside it, some of the rose garden (if for sale) could be developed but to remain within the character of the area should reflect the suburban styles of buildings and mixed housing - i.e. semi detached, detached bungalows maisonettes etc. This cannot be high density housing as this is not in keeping with the area nor sustainable in terms of polution and necessary services. Any of this low density development should have green play spaces, trees and solar power.

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 am not a planning expert and therefore do not know the history, use and needs of Elmbridge areas outside of Long Ditton.

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
Balance in any new development is important to avoid hot housing social problems, mixed housing has much social better outcomes.

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
A mixed provision of attractive housing all making different offers in terms of rooms but with good green areas and landscaping for all makes for popular developments

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 idea what this means in plain English (high rise development around towns and station? - If so then "Yes') nor can a layperson envisage 'homes per hectare'

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
This depends where and how designed and landscaped - Medium rise apartments might be attractive at Hook but not in Long Ditton. Masionette style homes might increase provision and still reflect and refer to the local building styles and types.

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
Lower density is necessary to prevent dangerous levels of pollution, unsustainable traffic increase etc. Low density is also in keeping with a small suburban village rather than inner city - town development. There would also be a tipping point beyond which the homes built require so much in terms of new services that the land available would not serve. All residents would be opposed to purchasing of houses in Severn Drive or any other such place to facilitate road widening to save a monstrous conurbation.

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
This sentence is oblique of course any use of land should be on a case by case basis as each stakeholder has different circumstances.We will never be able to supply all the demand for homes in this area, we can only develop as improvement for the area not to satisfy a national plan

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 do not know the needs of non-travelling Travellers (this sounds in itself a contradiction) - they should be fully consulted and their rights fully respected

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
We should look at provision for disabled and their access to open spaces and services and any new buildings should be built with consultation of differently abled residents

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 think that warehouses, offices and factories are sacred but can make excellent housing provision, however if businesses are employing residents profitably then they will be unlikely to be sold to be developed for housing

17

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

To be decided on a case by case basis - i.e. in Kensington borough a huge old fashioned leisure centre was demolished to build the most amazing design of new leisure centre plus a state of the art school with incredible facilities. (Kensington Aldridge Academy)

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
Not familiar with this area - another Mercedes World type venture would no doubt be extremely popular

19

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

Historical sites of interest and leisure use of land - but am a Long Ditton resident with limited knowledge of land use at Brooklands

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
This should be kept as very minimal the race course is a historical and natural site of beauty and leisure - there are plenty of other paces to stay i.e. air&b

21a

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

  • Yes
  • No
  • Don't Know

Please explain your answer
Seems reasonable

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
Depends on other uses - i.e. swimming or ice rinks or jumping areas would be popular - we seem to have sufficient coffee outlets and eateries

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
This seems a good community move - but present libraries should be maintained

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
Very important and for health and well being more landscaping, water features, sculptures, seating, tree planting animal & bird protection are most vital

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
Sounds good - not familiar with this the area name although I suspect as a lifetime Surrey resident I'd know the area. Biodiversity is always a plus.

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
Once it's gone, it's too late

25

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

Heritage sites should have an effect on local building and planning so that only building 'in keeping' and shop citing reflecting the character of the town or village should be permitted

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
All very important especially with the New Local Plan threatening these aspects

27

If not what approach do you think we should take?

Always an approach which is friendly to existing buildings of note or of worth

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
Yes, Tree planting should also be strategically implemented

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
Hope so, a very important factor

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?

Schools, roads, surgeries, leisure facilities, parks play grounds, but wild and green open spaces an essential for new developments future residents

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?

trees, gardens, and sustainable design

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.

 

Dear Planning officers
After attending the meeting last night at Esher Civic Centre I would like to register an objection to these plans which seem intended to destroy Long Ditton’s precious open spaces and to increase the spread of London and London’s problems outwards into suburbia.

The fact that the government might dream this up from Westminster is no excuse to just give in to it, nor to expect residents to bow to ‘A.A. Milne like’ threats or warnings to ‘always keep a hold of nurse, for fear of finding something worse’!

So I would like to add my voice, and that of my family, to the many voices raised aghast at the scale, the aims and the objectives of the ‘NLP’.
‘Greenbelt’ may have hair-splitting legal definitions in terms of perceived ‘strength of performance’ but more vitally, has emotional connections with all your resident’s health and well -being.

We were told that the protection of ‘Greenbelt status’ is to be lifted from the area where I have lived and walked for 46 years and which is now referred to as ‘Parcel 58’ and that this will be part of ‘unpleasant’ changes in the area.
How sad to then be watching the ‘Call the Midwife’ programme where the answer for an East-end beaten woman and family was to be sent to live in the healing suburbs where there were to be blue skies and open fields, at a time when it seems we are now about to lose ours. It is not just that ‘Elmbridge is special’ but it is that our model of living with room for solitude and space, gardens and allotments, quiet cemeteries and small holdings, places to blackberry or bird watch, walk, explore or take part in sport, is a model which aids health and happiness and lawful community living. It works, it is not broken.

We were asked for objectors to provide alternative suggestions, but as another resident said – we are not experts on planning nor knowledgeable on the rest of Elmbridge’s or on brown field sites – so I fear that lay peoples suggestions cannot be framed in the right planning jargon to impress. (Parcel no??? Weak or Strong Performing??)
Also lay people are not able to envisage – let alone to calculate (as your studies must have done) the critical factors – at what size would (NLP) new development reach a point at which:
· Pollution becomes dangerous (Five hundred new homes, One thousand? Two?)
· Roads such as the A3 and the lanes that feed it become clogged and will need widening – resulting in possible demolition of homes?
· A loved village becomes a conurbation, a monster of bulging built-up sprawl instead of a home
· When schools have to be built taking up even more land needed for children’s recreation and development.

The problem, as presented, is that the government wishes to rapidly increase the local Ditton population (by 30% to 50%) they wish to do this because they wish to build free council housing and affordable housing to serve the demand to live here and feed the ever greedy engine of London.
To be fait to them our politicians are, it’s true, confronted with schizophrenic and contrary resident’s demand for two opposites.
1. More affordable housing for their young people
2. Ever higher housing value for their own homes.

The solution for what it’s worth may lay in for us all to recognise that Elmbridge is not elastic, Ditton is quite small and that over the next eighteen years we cannot satisfy all demands.
If we do go the way of the NLP (so resident’s children can stay in Elmbridge cheaply) in twenty years their children will have the same demands and twenty years on their children etc.
People who were born in Elmbridge will have to continue to live outside and travel in until they can afford housing here which will always be in demand and always pricey. More housing will therefore increase, not satisfy, the demand.
If someone would give me free housing, I would happily live in New York or Paris but it won’t happen. Long Ditton is a village not a conurbation, our homes are part of a village and not a ‘parcel’.
Possible alternatives:
· Keeping greenbelt classification for essential village resources which improve life, health and well-being, such as Allotments, Stokes Fields, Hockey club, One Tree Hill, our Church and Buddhist Temple and grounds, and SN school
· Smaller suburban character developments could be planned on areas such as the unsightly, waste land on the other side of the bypass (Claygate/Chessington borders) perhaps from Lover’s Lane and The Cap in Hand opposite Squires
· (If land is sold rather than compulsory purchased) some Medium rise development might be popular housing especially nearest to Hook where apartments could offer well planned light and ecologicaly sound starter properties
· If the rose gardens are to be sold for housing then rather than creating high density affordable housing their surely the job of planning is to insist that new housing should reflect the character and nature of The Dittons with landscaping, trees, pretty paths and driveways and in a variety of sizes so old and young family groups big and small can live together. Bungalows and townhouses, maisonettes and semis are all a feature of the evolved ‘Long Ditton’ style. There have been numerous studies showing that mixed housing creates happier communities.
· Any haven of quiet and any nature resource lost to Ditton should be reimbursed by introduction of community improvements elsewhere in Long Ditton, play features, water features, planting groves of trees known to reduce pollution and help prevent flooding etc
· Cycle paths should feature in this low density plan also solar panels and any other ‘green’ technology so that health doesn’t deteriorate (which would be costly to the NHS as well as to lives)
· All future building should work on a principle of sustainable living, therefore if studies show that an increase in density/population and resulting demands on infrastructure, is harmful to health due to pollution then the density should be reduced to include factors to exacerbate and reduce the planned development.
· Any car parking could be underground to save space and there could be some community centre relating to the any lost history ie the rose garden ie a sculpture and rose bed area
In short any New Local Plan, should be just that New = innovative exciting and inspirationalLocal = reflecting styles of local history, life and work of Long Ditton residents and Planned = worked at until it really is a ‘good fit’ I every way for the crucial balance of real needs and the precious limited space to be made available.

Kind regards and warm wishes for a strong resolution to provide the best for Elmbridge and Long Ditton

Linda Huxley

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