The Metropolitan Green Belt boundaries are under review across Mole Valley and Guildford. THE PLANS WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL IMPACT ON US ALL.
Guildford Greenbelt Group (GGG) launches Manifesto.
Susan Parker, leader of GGG, will be standing as a parliamentary candidate in the Guildford constituency.
Councillors throw out Berkeley Homes plans for Cranleigh development as Eric Pickles steps in click here
Mole Valley District Council sitting on millions in developers' unsued contributions click here
Supermarkets are sitting on enough land to build thousands of homes click here
BERKLEY HOMES NOW TO DEMOLISH ST LAWRENCE SCHOOL TO BRIDGE FUNDING GAP FOR NEW HOWARD OF EFFINGHAM SCHOOL ADDING ANOTHER 150 HOUSES, WHICH BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOUSES TO BE BUILT TO 445 AND ANOTHER 2 YEARS TO THE BUILDING PROGRAMME, BRINGING THAT TO A TOTAL OF 8 YEARS.
An outline plan has been submitted to Mole Valley District Council for permission to convert Preston Cross Hotel into a Care Home.
This is a brownfield site.
Circle Housing, Mole Valley has submitted plans to demolish 46 properties on the Middlemead Estate and build 76 new properties to replace them. Other projects are in Edenside Road, Douglas House, Whiteway and Dorking Road. It is to be hoped that these properties will be reserved for local residents.
Berkeley Homes/Howard of Effingham Partnership - site 69 in Local Plan
Berkeley Homes will apply to Guildford Borough Council for planning permission in August. It is proposed to move the school across the Lower Road to Lodge Farm and increase the school population from 1600 to 2000. 310 houses would be built to ‘enable’ the new school, most on Green Belt land. Sites are: Browns Field, Lodge Farm and the existing school site. This will be an increase of 31% of houses in Effingham with all the implications e.g.traffic, pollution on an already failing infrastructure system. We believe that the price is too high and that the present school should be refurbished - not all of the buildings are old and ripe for demolition; these could be refurbished on a rolling maintenance programme. There is little point in increasing the size of the school purely to fill the extra places with the children moving into the new houses being built to ‘enable’ it. (This is the information we were given at the Drop-in event). Let’s keep a smaller, rural school surrounded by fields rather than a three storey urban development on a housing estate. Studies show that small schools do best for their pupils, and in addition, it is worth noting that Surrey County Council have stated that more pupil capacity is not required at The Howard. Click here for more consultation points.
St Lawrence Community Primary School, Effingham
St Lawrence Community Primary School, Lower Road, is now administered by the Howard Partnership. (since Easter?) This is not generally known outside the school as there has been little publicity. On 1st August, The Howard Partnership will change the status of St Lawrence from community school to foundation school. The significance is that the Howard Partnership will become the freehold owner of the school’s land and buildings. It is to be noted that the original land was gifted to the village by Lord Lovelace in 1856 for educational purposes only. This must be honoured in the future.
Removal of Effingham from the Green Belt
Effingham is currently ‘washed over’ by the Green Belt - and thus protected from excess development. The plan is now to ‘inset’ the village, which would mean that within new extended boundaries it would be easier to create development opportunities in the future. At present, Guildford Borough Council could be seen to be prejudging any application for the present proposed school development by incorporating the fields in Browns Lane and Effingham Lodge Farm into the development area. Note that The Grove and the allotments are also included.
Proposed Car Park on Effingham Common
Its purpose is to enable houses to be built in Effingham, West Horsley and Ockham - not because residents need or want it. It would be likely to become an overspill car park for the station and another haven for anti- social behaviour. To explain further - Wisley is a Special Protection Area (SPA) of the Thames Basin Heath. Development is not permitted within 5km of this area or 7km for larger developments. Thus a Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) is needed to enable building on part of Effingham Lodge Farm, parts of West Horsley and the new town proposed in Ockham/Wisley. If the car park is approved on Effingham Common, thousands of additional houses could be built within 5km of it. (Note: in the draft local plan, Guiildford Borough Council incorrectly state that the Effingham School site, Lodge Farm, is beyond the zone of influence of the Thames Basin Special Protection Area)
Green Belt site at Home Farm to provide 6 new pitches.
TUESDAY 20TH MAY
Cherkley Court, Leatherhead - appeal to be made to Supreme Court "without delay"
This is no longer just about a golf course, the judgement has national consequences. Summary points.
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser http://po.st/zkHpSF via @po_st
FRIDAY 16TH MAY
What is being proposed for Three Farms Meadows (Wisley Airfield) is a new town 41% BIGGER than East Horsley and 300% BIGGER than Ripley– to be placed on a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and within the exclusion zone of 400m to 5km from a Special Protection Area.
FOR TRAFFIC IMPLICATIONS OF PROPOSED NEW TOWN click
TUESDAY 13TH MAY
Click for 'Message' from Guildford BC on 3 more updates to their Green Belt and Countryside Study
or view details here:
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) www.guildford.gov.uk/shlaa
Traveller Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (Traveller SHLAA) www.guildford.gov.uk/travellershlaa
Settlement Hierarchy www.guildford.gov.uk/settlementhierarchy
THURSDAY 1ST MAY
Alliance Submission on behalf of Berkley Homes for Effingham Lodge Farm site. click here
SATURDAY 29TH MARCH
Sir Simon Jenkins : 'We are creating Detroits in the north while we are eating up the countryside' The chairman of the National Trust says the Coalition’s planning policy has left villages throughout the nation traumatised. The Telegraph
FRIDAY 28TH MARCH
Susan Parker, Guildford Greenbelt Group, writes about 'conflict of interest' - commercial companies answerable only to their shareholders, but helping to determine national policy without reference to the electorate....click here
Surrey Advertiser - " 'Green Belt Safe' claim met with caution and concern"
Roland McKinney, Chairman of Hands Off the Green Belt, has his doubts.
Mr. McKinney calls for a Royal Commission that examines the role of green belts beyond planning issues and to examine Britain’s future land use policies.
THURSDAY 20TH MARCH
Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser - 'Mole Valley green-belt housing target could be slashed after minister intervenes.' Click here to read more.
THURSDAY 20TH MARCH
Andy Smith, Surrey Branch Director of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) comments in the Leatherhead Advertiser, March 20th, on the widespread public interest sparked by the Housing and Traveller Sites Plan "It is heartening that so many people across the district feel strongly about protection of their local countryside. I hope that MVDC takes due consideration of this weight of public opion, which shows that Mole Valley residents share CPRE's view of the importance of keeping the green belt...............The council should certainly be ensuring that genuine local housing needs are met but the targets the district has been given reflect market demand not local need. The figures need to come down - dramatically." Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser reports; Mole Valley green-belt housing target could be slashed after minister intervenes. Read more:
Surrey Advertiser - " 'Green Belt Safe' claim met with caution and concern." Read more:
THURSDAY 6TH MARCH -
'Government "disturbed" by findings of Reigate and Banstead green belt strategy.' Read more:
WRITTEN MINISTERIAL STATEMENT BY NICK BOLES ON LOCAL PLANNING - 'MAKING THE PLANNING SYSTEM WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.' Read more:
DEVELOPERS TO GET CASH INCENTIVES TO BUILD NEW HOMES IN TOWNS AND CITIES INSTEAD OF THE COUNTRYSIDE. CHANGES TO NPPF REGARDING FEES TO DEVELOP BROWNFIELD SITES. Read more:
WEDNESDAY 5TH MARCH -
CPRE SURREY WELCOMES MINISTER'S COMMENTS ON GREEN BELT PROTECTION. Read more:
Developments in Mole Valley affect us all in respect of; a fresh water supply, schools, doctors' surgeries, hospitals, congested roads....... Please find time to add comments to the MVDC Consultation for other areas as well. Ask family, friends, neighbours to do the same, keep spreading the word: it is surprising how many people are unaware of what is being proposed. Let's all help our neighbours.
In North Leatherhead, Mole Valley District Council has taken interest in developing on a field known as (LH06). This site is the last piece of Green Belt in North East Leatherhead! The developer Barratt Homes plan to build approximately 116 homes on the site (LH06). A small percentage of these could be affordable. Click here for information.
Click here for information on proposed housing developments in South Leatherhead.
Click here for information from Keep Dorking in the Green Belt
Thursday 27th February 'drop in' meeting at Little Bookham Village Hall, click here to view the flood risk notes presented by Roland McKinney and for notes on fresh water supply Infrastructure click here.
Wednesday 26th February a special meeting of Guildford Borough Council was called after an online petition to reject the draft Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) attracted 1,114 signatures. The meeting also debated a petition calling for the council to protect the Green Belt between Effingham and Bookham. To see a copy of the council's response click here.
Guildford's Local Plan proposes removing 16 villages, including Effingham, from the Green Belt. The first consultation has closed and the additional housing assessment closed on 21st February.
Tuesday 18th February petition debate speech given to MVDC. Click here to view slide show accompanying speech, showing advertisement for the sale, in Hong Kong, of a part of Epsom Downs (Surrey Green Belt)!
See the article in the Leatherhead and Dorking Advertiser
Saturday 8th February we held a 'drop in' meeting at Little Bookham Village Hall, click here to view the presentation on the MVDC consultation given by, Roland McKinney.
27th January press release 'Wildlife Charity Backs Green Belt Campaigners' click here to view.