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We object to potentially doubling the population of Virginia Water through loss of Green Belt land

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RUNNYMEDE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Issues and Options and Preferred Approach Consultation (2016)

  • Runnymede Borough Council is consulting upon its Issues and Options and Preferred Approach document as the first stage in progressing a new Local Plan for the borough. The consultation period closes on 26 August 2016.
  • The consultation document sets out the key issues that the Council considers are facing the Borough up until 2035 and identifies the Council’s preferred approach for dealing with them.

The Council's preferred option would seek to deliver up to 7,280 new homes during this period. Up to around 4,000 of these new homes are proposed to be located in or around Virginia Water. That's about another 10,000 people which would more than double the current population of the village, meaning already stretched resources and roads will be unable to cope.

The Council's preferred option would require the release of 174 hectares from the Green Belt.

Wentworth Residents Association has the following fundamental concerns with regard to the Council's preferred option:

  1. It objects to the release of any land from the Green Belt
  2. The Council has failed to properly assess whether the Borough's housing need can be accommodated without relying upon a significant (or any) Green Belt release including by reference to land in adjoining boroughs and districts
  3. Alternatively, if Green Belt land must be released, it would be inappropriate to do so in and around Virginia Water (including at DERA South), which does not (and would not) have the infrastructure to sustain the pressure from such significant, new residential development


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