Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum
Started 1 petition
Planning application 17/0286: Land to the east of Bellew Road, Deepcut, Camberley.
Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum and all the petitioners formally object to the planning application above on the following grounds: 1. This proposed development clearly conflicts with the aspirations and objectives of both the Supplementary Planning Document for Deepcut and SHBC's Core Strategy adopted in 2012. In the SPD, the danger of over-urbanisation in Deepcut is clearly identified and it is stated that, if not carefully managed, future development could produce a coalescence with the urban areas to the west of the village. Moreover, in the Vision and Objectives of the SPD, it is clearly stated that "the current countryside between Deepcut and the urban areas to the West and the North will be maintained." Similarly, in the Council's Core Strategy, Core Policy 4 for Deepcut (point xiii), clearly states that new development will be required to contribute towards the delivery of maintaining" the countryside gap between Deepcut and Heatherside and Deepcut and Frimley Green." It is, therefore, quite evident, that the proposal to build on land to the east of Bellew Road would undermine key objectives in both the SPD and the Core Strategy and would put at risk the intention to maintain a clear area of countryside between Deepcut and the urbanised areas to the west. 2. The proposed access to the development site is totally at odds with the traffic proposals for Bellew Road contained within the Outline Planning Permission given for the redevelopment of the Princess Royal Barracks site. These proposals made it clear that Bellew Road would be closed between Dunedin, now the Pines, and the entrance to the Sergeant's Mess. This, therefore, begs the question: how will this planned closure be implemented in the light of the proposed development? Part of the rationale behind closing Bellew Road was to put an end to Blackdown Road becoming a "rat run" but this will be put at risk if planning permission is granted. There is also a danger that, if Bellew Road does not remain closed, the continued increase in traffic using Blackdown Road could be filtered into Woodend Road to the detriment of residents there. 3. One of the key aspirations within the SPD was for Deepcut's rural heathland setting to be preserved within the redevelopment of the PRB. The wooded areas to the east and west of Bellew Road will play a key role in preserving this setting, particularly with the range of fauna within them. The species of birds observed in these wooded areas range from sparrowhawks, buzzards, and little owls to one of the iconic birds found on lowland heath, the nightjar. There are also populations of deer and badgers. These birds and mammals would clearly be threatened by this proposed development. 4. In the 2012 Core Strategy for Surrey Heath, a housing target of 1235 units was agreed. With 1200 of these units being allocated to the PRB site, this leaves 35 units to be allocated elsewhere within Deecput. If we look at recent completions, the Metropole Club (13 units), extra housing in Minden Lodge (2 units), units within the new Care Home (2 units) and land behind 27 DBR (2 units), and then add on the other applications which have been approved (18 units), if the Bellew Road development was agreed, then this would exceed the 1235 figure approved and contravene the Core Strategy. This application seems designed to test the resolve of SHBC to meet the objectives of both the SPD for Deecput and the Core Strategy. For the reasons given above, we are objecting to the application and would urge the planningcommittee to turn it down in the interests of local residents, the environment and the integrity of the SPD for Deepcut.