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BRAG Ottershaw started this petition to Runnymede Borough Council and

Runnymede has a number of sites which were once classed as Green Belt land that have recently lost their Green Belt protection and are now being developed for housing. What is lost due to these developments?  Our green spaces.  They are vital in so many ways, not only for the health, well-being and safety of residents as was proven to be a lifeline to many during the recent 'lockdowns', but they are also vital to the survival of local wildlife.  We cannot afford to lose this within our communities and we must do more to preserve it for everyone now and for the future.

Whilst it is clear that more housing is needed in the UK, it should not be at the detriment of what is now being recognised as basic needs.  Runnymede Borough Council's Business Development and Policy Manager made the following statement during the stakeholder consultation for the Ottershaw East proposed development in Runnymede:

"We are of the view that this site offers the opportunity for good quality houses and gardens for all the residents and – knowing the importance of the quality of living environment as highlighted during the pandemic."

We need to preserve our green spaces, not just around the edges of developments but to insist that it is essential to include green infrastructure within all new developments such as safe play areas for children, open green spaces, mature street trees, private gardens, green roofs and walls and sustainable drainage. 

The proposed development for the small village of Ottershaw is a prime example of a design that has minimal provision for green infrastructure within the development that is vital to not only reflect the existing character of the village but also to retain the quality of living for all present and future residents.  The Vistry Group Masterplan for Ottershaw East does not include significant wildlife corridors to allow the abundant local wildlife of deer, badgers, foxes and reptiles, nesting and scavenging birds to remain on the land, but rather their homes be disrupted or destroyed.

In all new developments, we want:

  • Sufficient green open spaces within the developments for all to enjoy socially and safely.
  • All dwellings to have enough outdoor private space essential for health and well-being.
  • Wildlife corridors throughout to preserve the area's biodiversity.  
  • Sustainable street landscaping to include mature trees.

If you agree with this, please sign our petition.

The signed petition will be shared with Runnymede Borough Council's planning department, local and county councillors, the Runnymede and Weybridge MP and the M​inister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

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