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      Here is the full response submitted by David Whitcroft, a former Surrey Heath Borough Councillor of 20 years.

      Surrey Heath Potential Future Housing Site Allocations Issues

      Question 4a and Introduction

      As a resident of Frimley Green I have limited my comments to sites listed ONLY in Frimley Green, Mytchett & Deepcut.

      I am NOT in a position to provide details of additional possible new housing sites.

      Question 4b - Size & Scheduling

      The potential allocation of 8 units for H/FG/1 (251, Frimley Green Road) in Frimley Green is high given the size of the plot and will have a detriment impact on the street scene, as is the potential allocation of 5 units to H/MYT/5 (58, Mytchett Road) in Mytchett for the same reasons.

      Whilst the allocation of 9 units to Grove Farm on the Mytchett Road seems reasonable care should be taken to ensure that this allocation does not result in the loss of the existing lower cost housing which is currently provided on the site and which is in such rare supply in Surrey Heath.

      Other capacity issues are addressed in my comments below on Unacceptable Allocations.

      Question 4c

      Deepcut - Acceptable Allocations

      It seems reasonable to include land at Cheswycks School (H/DPC/16) as a potential new allocation since the site has been a derelict eyesore for many years, it is a brownfield site (albeit previously for non-housing purposes) and, relatively speaking, road access is reasonable. It is also a self-contained site and may lend itself to a mixed residential home/ housing development.

      It also seems reasonable to include the small developments H/DPC/9 and 10 as potential new allocations since they are inside the current settlement area and, compared to the vast nature of the proposed PRB development in Deepcut, would have relatively little impact on local infrastructure.

      Frimley Green - Acceptable Allocations

      H/FG/1 (251, Frimley Green Road) Seems to be reasonable potential allocation but, as stated above, not with such a high capacity.

      Mytchett - Acceptable Allocations

      H/MYT/2 & 5 & 6 & 13 (Grove Farm, 58, Mytchett Road, Grange Nurseries & Kingsmead House) seem to be reasonable potential allocations (subject to the previously stated reservations about the capacity of H/MYT/5 (58, Mytchett Road and the possible loss of low cost housing on Grove Farm).

      Question 4d

      Unacceptable Allocations

      I OBJECT to the allocation of the following Deepcut, Frimley Green & Mytchett sites as potential housing allocation sites:

      H/DPC/2 Land East of St Catherine Road etc

      This site, which is clearly outside the settlement area, has always been unsuitable for significant housing development because:

      • Local roads - especially St Catherines Road and Lake/Wharf Roads - are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site is isolated with few public transport connections.
      • The site provides a critically important green space between the settlements of Deepcut, Frimley and Frimley Green and, notwithstanding the associated SANG proposed by the developer, its development with 150 homes would amount to over development of the relatively small site fronting onto St Catherines Road.
      • The site provides important habitat for local wildlife and is covered in a mixture of tree types, the destruction of which would amount, in my view, to an act of vandalism.
      • The site provides important, informal leisure opportunities for local residents for dog walking, jogging etc and is, in effect, an existing informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable. The existing character of the site as informal recreation land would be lost if it were converted to a formal SANG with all the parking facilities, formal paths etc that this would imply.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/DPC/5 Land North of Lake Road etc

      This site, which is clearly outside the settlement area, is unsuitable for significant housing development because:

      • Local roads - especially Lake/Wharf Roads - are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site provides a critically important green space between the settlements of Deepcut, and Frimley Green and its development would amount to over development of the area.
      • The site provides important habitat for local wildlife and is covered in a mixture of tree types, the destruction of which would amount, in my view, to an act of vandalism.
      • The site provides important, informal leisure opportunities for local residents for dog walking, jogging etc and is, in effect, an informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/DPC/12 Pine Ridge Golf Course

      This site, which is clearly outside the settlement area, is unsuitable for significant housing development because:

      • Local roads - especially The Maultway - are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site provides a critically important green space between the settlements of Deepcut, Frimley and Frimley Green and its development would amount to over development of the area, notwithstanding the associated SANG proposed by the developer. The existing character of the site as informal recreation land would be lost if it were converted to a formal SANG with all the parking facilities, formal paths etc that this would imply.
      • The site provides important habitat for local wildlife and is covered in a mixture of tree types, the destruction of which would amount, in my view, to an act of vandalism.
      • The site provides important, informal leisure opportunities for local residents for dog walking, jogging etc and is, in effect, an informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable.
      • The site's development would also have an inevitable negative impact on Pine Ridge Golf course which is an important formal, local leisure facility widely used by many Surrey Heath residents.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/FG/13 188-190 Allotment, Frimley Green Road

      This site, although inside the settlement area, is unsuitable for significant (23 units) housing development because:

      • Local roads are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site provides a critically important green space within the heavily populated settlement of Frimley Green and its development would amount to a clear over development of the area.
      • The site, currently allotments, provides important, formal leisure opportunities for Surrey Heath residents and is, in effect, an informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable.
      • There is a shortage of allotment sites in Surrey Heath (as evidenced by the allocation of additional sites within the PRB development) and the destruction of valuable existing allotments is not acceptable.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/FG/8 Land at East Curve, Sturt Road

      This site, which is clearly outside the settlement area, is unsuitable for significant (48 units) housing development because:

      • Local roads - are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site provides a critically important green space between the settlements of Mytchett and Frimley Green and its development would amount to over development of the area.
      • The site provides important habitat for local wildlife.
      • The site is, in effect, an informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable.
      • Development of this site would remove the possibility of the East Curve railway line being re-opened at a future date thus preventing the important, strategic enhancement of rail services to Frimley and Camberley.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/MYT/18 Land North of Coleford Bridge Road

      This site, which is clearly outside the settlement area, has always been unsuitable for significant housing development because:

      • Local roads - especially Hamesmoor and Coleford Bridge Roads - are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; pressures on these roads and the adjacent junction to the A331 will be increased when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site is isolated with few public transport connections.
      • The site provides a critically important green space between the settlements of Mytchett and Frimley Green and its development would amount to over development of the area.
      • The site provides important habitat for local wildlife.
      • The site provides important, informal leisure opportunities for local residents for dog walking, jogging etc and is, in effect, an informal SANG the loss of which would be incalculable.
      • The site's development would also have an inevitable negative impact on the formal leisure activities undertaken by many Surrey Heath (and wider located) residents on Coleford Lake.
      • The site, next to Coleford Lake, is extremely wet and the measures required to make the land suitable for housing development would create an unacceptable negative impact on the amenity of existing residents in Coleford Bridge Road.
      • The development would amount to 'back development' of the worse kind.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      H/MYT/19 Land Off Salisbury Terrace

      It is noted that a zero allocation is indicated on this site which is to be welcomed since this site has always been unsuitable for significant housing development because:

      • Local roads are incapable of accepting further traffic that significant development would create; this will be especially the case when the PRB site is developed.
      • The site provides a critically important green space within the heavily populated settlement of Mytchett and its development would amount to a clear over development of the area.
      • Development of the site would have a totally unacceptable impact on the amenity of residents of Nightingale Drive in Mytchett since it would add to traffic and pollution levels. Residents' lives would be especially negatively impacted during any construction that might take place on the site.
      • Local infrastructure such as medical facilities, libraries, play areas, schools etc are already under huge pressure and this development would add hugely to those pressures.

      Question 4e

      Yes

      Question 4f

      I believe that Policy Option 6 - Site Allocations Document Review - is the best option because the potential impact on Surrey Heath - and the western part of the borough in particular - of the PRB development is so great that it makes sense to wait for that development to take place before making firm decisions about other potential sites. In this way the impact of PRB can be better understood than is currently the case.

      Question 4g

      For the reasons stated above, I believe it would be totally inappropriate and unacceptable for any of the Countryside Beyond the Green Belt sites in Deepcut, Frimley Green or Mytchett to be released for development.

      Question 4h

      No comment

      Question 4i

      No

      Question 4j

      No

      Question 4k

      No

      Question 4l

      Yes

      Question 4m

      I believe that Policy Option 3 - Expanding existing sites - is the most appropriate policy option because the necessary infrastructure for the sites already exists and because the sites are accepted as appropriate by the Traveller Community and local residents.

      David Whitcroft, 57, Queensway, Frimley Green, Surrey, GU16 6QB Davidwhitcroft@fastmail.fm

      May 2013