The outline planning application has now been submitted for the major development of Green Belt land North of Hersham Station. The description of development is as follows:
‘Outline application for the development of a new garden village comprising 1,024 new residential units, community based hub and parkland, primary school, medical centre, dentists and pharmacy, local supermarket, pub/restaurant, offices, parking, nature conservation and water features, recreation, landscaping and associated facilities following demolition of existing structures (for access only)’
This is likely to be a highly contentious application because it involves the significant development of Green Belt land which is contrary to planning policy and simply due to its scale.
I will not be offering any strong opinion on this development but will hopefully provide enough information over the coming weeks to help you make up your own mind.
Here is a brief summary of what’s proposed:
This is an indicative Masterplan, click to zoom.
You can download both this and the Landscape masterplan here:
Landscape Plan Master Plan-2268482
Masterplan – Housing Type-2208112
As this is an Outline application, if approved, detailed applications will need to be lodged to deal with the final layout.
In order to develop the Green Belt, ‘very special circumstances’ have to be demonstrated. The applicant (Bonnar Allen Ltd) has sought to demonstrate this on the following basis:
In order to make representations on the application, the formal deadline is the 10th July 2015. Simply follow the link here and click on ‘Comment on this Application’ (next to the speech bubble)
There is a significant amount of information on this application. I would be interested to hear about specific concerns so I can provide a bit more detail to help keep you informed.
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