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15/P/00012 | Outline planning permission for the phased development of a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings incorporating up to 60 sheltered accommodation units and associated infrastructure including accesses onto the A3 (Ockham Interchange), Ockham Lane and Old Lane and revised access to Elm Corner, a primary/secondary school, community provision, nursery provision, health facility, a local centre (incorporating food & drink, retail, a visitor centre and offices), employment area, 8 travellers pitches, sports and recreational facilities (incorporating a floodlit sports pitch and pavilion). Sustainable Drainage Systems and an area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) incorporating a landform feature and car parking. The erection of associated utilities infrastructure. The development proposal to incorporate the demolition/ removal of the runway and VOR Beacon (and any associated outbuildings).  Matter for determination is access (with matters of scale, appearance, landscaping and layout reserved). | Land At Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, GU23 6NU
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COMMENT FROM THE PLANNING GROUP OF THE GUILDFORD SOCIETY
Application Number: 15/P/00012
Location: Land at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, GU23 6NU
Proposal: AMENDED DESCRIPTION: Outline planning permission for the phased development of a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings incorporating up to 100 sheltered accommodation units and associated infrastructure including accesses onto the A3 (Ockham Interchange), Ockham Lane and Old Lane and revised access to Elm Corner, a primary/secondary school, community provision, nursery provision, health facility, a local centre (incorporating food & drink, retail, a visitor centre and offices), employment area, 8 travellers pitches, sports and recreational facilities (incorporating a floodlit sports pitch and pavilion). Sustainable Drainage Systems and an area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) incorporating a landform feature and car parking. The erection of associated utilities infrastructure. The development proposal to incorporate the demolition/ removal of the runway and VOR Beacon (and any associated outbuildings). Matter for determination is access (with matters of scale, appearance, landscaping and layout reserved).

We wrote to Barry Fagg on 1st February 2015 to object to the original proposal. Most of our objections still stand and we reproduce them below.
-This site is in the green belt - albeit significant parts of the site are previously used land and are laid to concrete.
The appropriate approach to realigning the boundaries of the Metropolitan Green Belt is through the medium of the Local Plan ? exposed thoroughly to public scrutiny in a way that the treatment of planning applications to the Local Authority do not begin to facilitate.
We object on the formal grounds that approval should not be considered until the revision of the draft Local Plan, now in hand, is published ? indeed the application is premature.
The Society is concerned that this development may be too large to be assimilated as a housing scheme and yet too small to be a viable new community. This is a further aspect which needs to be addressed as part of the assessment to be made in the review of the local plan
We have several strong reservations on the proposed layout, but note that this is only an outline application. We are troubled that the linear nature of the proposed development, whilst broadly following the alignment of the runway, will not contribute to a cohesive community, will spread the visual impact from its surroundings and, therefore, will have a substantial adverse impact on the openness of the Green Belt which is not demonstrably outweighed by the benefits of consenting to the proposals.
A key part of the evaluation of whether this site is suitable for it to be included in the Local Plan will be an assessment of issues relating to access and transport. Wisley Airfield is located in a rural area relatively remote from other settlements such as Woking and Guildford. The evaluation will need to consider the extent to which bus services and cycle routes to neighbouring towns and railway stations can realistically be achieved in order to ensure that, in terms of transport, a sustainable development can take place such that the traffic generated by this major development will not have an adverse impact on the character of the surrounding area.?

We would add that only through the Local Plan can infrastructure provision be planned in an integrated way. It is also our view that new infrastructure requirements may be difficult to meet via Section 106 agreements, and the Borough is more likely to be able to achieve what is necessary via the CIL which has a timetable similar to that of the Local Plan

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