As with any new development there are often questions raised by the community. These questions and our responses will be added here.
Will the Car Park be free or chargeable?
A decision on this has not yet been made as it will depend on the long-term management arrangements which are not yet in place.
Have Affinity Water been consulted?
Full consultations with statutory bodies will take place as part of the planning application process.
How safe is it to build on top of a landfill site?
The Site was infilled with inert material and restored in accordance with permits from the Environment Agency. The former use will be taken in consideration in the development of the detailed construction proposals.
The schools are already full – where will the new children go to school?
If planning permission is granted, the Community Infrastructure Levy will be payable. This provides money to fund a range of infrastructure requirements including new school places.
How will you minimise disruption during construction?
A detailed Construction Environment Management Plan will be prepared to ensure disruption is minimised. This will include details of construction traffic routes, contractor parking and hours of working and will require approval from Runnymede BC before any works on site can commence.
How will you mitigate around potential flooding?
The Site is located in Flood Zone 1. A Flood Risk Assessment and outline Drainage Strategy will be prepared to demonstrate that the proposals will not increase flood risk elsewhere.
Is the proposal contrary to Policy EE14 of the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan?
Policy EE14 relates to extensions, alterations and replacement buildings within the Green Belt. There are no buildings currently on the Site so this policy will not apply.
What do you classify as affordable housing?
Affordable Housing is defined in the National Planning Policy Framework as:
‘Housing for sale or rent, for those whose needs are not met by the market (including housing that provides a subsidised route to home ownership and/or is for essential local workers); and which complies with one or more of the following definitions:
(a) Affordable housing for rent: meets all of the following conditions: (a) the rent is set in accordance with the Government’s rent policy for Social Rent or Affordable Rent, or is at least 20% below local market rents (including service charges where applicable); (b) the landlord is a registered provider, except where it is included as part of a Build to Rent scheme (in which case the landlord need not be a registered provider); and (c) it includes provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for the subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision. For Build to Rent schemes affordable housing for rent is expected to be the normal form of affordable housing provision (and, in this context, is known as Affordable Private Rent).
(b) Starter homes: is as specified in sections 2 and 3 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and any secondary legislation made under these sections. The definition of a starter home should reflect the meaning set out in statute and any such secondary legislation at the time of plan-preparation or decision-making. Where secondary legislation has the effect of limiting a household’s eligibility to purchase a starter home to those with a particular maximum level of household income, those restrictions should be used.
(c) Discounted market sales housing: is that sold at a discount of at least 20% below local market value. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Provisions should be in place to ensure housing remains at a discount for future eligible households.
(d) Other affordable routes to home ownership: is housing provided for sale that provides a route to ownership for those who could not achieve home ownership through the market. It includes shared ownership, relevant equity loans, other low cost homes for sale (at a price equivalent to at least 20% below local market value) and rent to buy (which includes a period of intermediate rent). Where public grant funding is provided, there should be provisions for the homes to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households, or for any receipts to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision, or refunded to government or the relevant authority specified in the funding agreement.’
How will you ensure sufficient funds are available over a long period of time to maintain the sports field, changing facilities and play area?
The new homes will facilitate the delivery and long-term management of the community facilities including the new country park.
Can you add more trees around the sports field, specifically along the Ten Acre Lane boundary, to keep with the surroundings?
The detailed landscape scheme will form part of a subsequent application for reserved matters approval and the local aspiration for additional tree planting along Ten Acre Lane will be considered further at that stage.
The land is currently abundant with wildlife especially around the borders, what are you going to do to protect the wildlife?
Save for small sections of hedgerow removal required to deliver the new vehicle accesses on Ten Acre Lane and Coldharbour Lane the existing boundary hedgerows and vegetation are to be retained and enhanced. The proposals will also need to demonstrate biodiversity net gain.
Your diagram shows fully grown trees around the development – Will you actually plant them or will they be shrubs?
Larger trees can take longer to establish than smaller trees. The detailed landscape scheme will balance the aspiration for instant impact from larger trees against the often quicker establishment of smaller trees and will likely include a range of tree sizes.
Would it be possible to investigate the increase of public transport especially as I believe that this was a feature of the CEMEX house redevelopment?
We understand that the CEMEX House development includes upgrades to bus stops on both sides of Chertsey Lane and outside the Red Lion within Thorpe Village. We are preparing a Framework Travel Plan to encourage sustainable transport modes and this will include public transport within the Village and on Chertsey Lane.
How will you keep the public park in a presentable state once it is built – who will maintain it?
A Management Plan will be required for the community facilities and country park to ensure they are properly managed for the benefit of the local community in the long-term.
Could this development support the upgrade of existing facilities in the village? e.g. local pub, post office (which is in a poor / unattractive state)?
The new homes will bring new residents and additional patronage for the existing facilities within the village but we will not directly provide funds to upgrade the existing shop and pub.
Could this development help put pressure on neighbouring land to ‘tidy up’ – old landfill entrance round the corner is unsightly – lots of concrete / rubbish and ugly fencing.
Unfortunately, this neighbouring land is not within our control and we cannot directly influence improvements to it.
Are there any plans for any conveniences for the local residents such as a local shop?
As there is an existing shop within the village, we do not believe there is demand for another such facility on this site.