Another step forward

First the good news: Very many thanks to all of those who have contributed to our Fighting Fund. We have more to raise, but we are well on our way.

And now the very good news:

After six years, Arup, Surrey Highways and Spelthorne Council have agreed with what we have been saying all along: a housing development on the Kempton Park estate would destroy vital Green Belt, would alter the character of Sunbury for the worse, and would cause lasting traffic chaos throughout the surrounding area.

You may remember, in May and June last year, the Issues and Options consultation, where we were all asked where we would like development in the Borough to take place. Spelthorne Council have just released their Preferred Options for consultation, showing, in detail, where they propose that housing and other building will take place.

Kempton Park is NOT included among the sites proposed for development.

The Stage 2 Green Belt Assessment (a more detailed study) conducted by Arup came to the same conclusions it had in the more general Stage 1 Assessment: “that Kempton Park strongly meets the purposes of Green Belt land, and makes an important contribution to the wider strategic Green Belt. Not recommended for development.”

Surrey Highways were asked to assess the traffic impact of a development of 3000 houses at Kempton Park. They conclude that it would generate 1,700 extra cars on the A308/Staines Road East in the morning and 2000 extra cars in the evening. (And we suspect Redrow and The Jockey Club want to build way more than 3000 dwellings.)

Spelthorne planning officers conclude: “The loss of this site from the Green Belt would risk the merging of Spelthorne with Greater London and this would also significantly alter the character of the area.”

They also made this comment regarding the Jockey Club’s request for the estate to be included as a site for residential development: “The racecourse is a historic and established asset in the area and it should be explored whether its loss is inevitable on viability grounds or if a large housing scheme is simply more economically appealing to the landowner.”

We can’t argue with any of the above comments and conclusions.

But The Jockey Club and Redrow inevitably will, when we get to the Examination in Public next year, where our new Local Plan will be decided.

So we will be meeting shortly with our QC to discuss how The Jockey Club and their developer buddies will respond, and our strategy for that public hearing.

All the relevant documents, and details of public events you can attend, are available at http://spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan

If you would like to contribute to our Fighting Fund, below is how you can help:

By Direct Bank Transfer
Barclays Bank
Account name: Keep Kempton Green
Sort Code: 20-42-76,
Account number: 5326 5943

or through PayPal Reference: keepkemptongreen@hotmail.co.uk

or,

by cheque, made out to Keep Kempton Green, to 20 Green Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6RN.

Raffle Draw


(Winning tickets being drawn by Sir David Reddaway)

Many thanks to all those who bought KKG raffle tickets at the Sunbury Regatta last weekend. We raised almost £500, which is a big boost to our Legal Defence Fund.

The winning tickets were:

#183 : Selection of Soaps.
#86 : Bottle of Charles de Courance Champagne
#153 : Bottle of Cardhu Single Malt Scotch Whisky
#91 : Bottle of Graham’s Vintage Port
#93 : Six Bottles of Chateau Pibran 2005 Pauillac, worth £300

If you would like to contribute to our Legal Defence Fund, you can donate as follows:

1. Cheques made out to Keep Kempton Green, to 20 Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6RN.

2. PayPal: Reference keepkemptongreen@hotmail.co.uk

3. Direct transfer to:
Barclays Bank
Account name: Keep Kempton Green
Sort Code: 20-42-76
Account number: 5326 5943

Why don’t you come down and see us sometime …

We’ll be at the Sunbury Regatta on Saturday. The weather forecast looks good, and we’d love to meet you.

And while you’re there, buy a ticket (£3 each, 2 for £5) for our fantastic raffle, including, – the Grand Prize – a half case of Chateau Pibran 2005 Pauillac, worth £300:

Excellent Bordeaux wine, on the traditional, rustic, four square side. Best served with all types of classic meat dishes; veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, and mushrooms and pasta.

All proceeds to our Legal Defence Fund.

See you there.

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun …

flying

Before we start: our sincere thanks to all who have contributed to generously to our fighting fund. The response has exceeded our expectations. We are not there yet, but we are well on our way, and the generosity of you all gives us great confidence.

If you would still like to contribute, you can find details of how to pay here. Or click on the cartoon horse to the left.

So, where were we? Oh yes. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun …

You may remember, back in the mists of time, in November 2017  , that Spelthorne Council published its Green Belt Assessment. In it, Kempton Park was judged to be a “strongly performing” parcel of Green Belt, which is good news for the overwhelming majority of us who seek to prevent the Kempton Park estate being turned into a small town.

At the same time, the council announced it would be conducting a Stage 2 Green Belt Assessment, in which each parcel of Green Belt would be examined in greater detail, to see whether there were parts of each parcel of Green Belt which could justify being turned over to development.

Then, in June 2018, we were all asked to choose amongst four options for where future development in the Borough should take place: on Brownfield sites; Green Belt sites; in Staines; or a combination of the other three.

Well, in October and November 2019, these two strands – the Stage 2 Green Belt Assessment and the Issues and Options consultation will come together and be made public in what is called the Preferred Options consultation. We have pressed several times for the Stage 2 Green Belt Assessment to be released ahead of time. Our requests were repeatedly turned down; Council planners said it would be released with the Preferred Options consultation “in the summer”. That timing has slipped somewhat, but we look forward to seeing both documents together. We have repeatedly been assured that the Stage 2 Assessment would not affect the Green Belt status of Kempton Park, but it would be even more reassuring to see it confirmed on paper.

That is the next step in this prolonged Review of our Local Plan. But we are getting nearer to the end (hence the need to raise funds to pay for a very good QC to represent residents’ interests in the final stages of this process).

That’s all we have to update you all with at the moment. The moment we learn something more we’ll let you all know.

 

 

Stop their free lunch!

First The Jockey Club wanted 1000 dwellings. Then 1500, with shops and hotels (although those have been conspicuous by their absence from later plans). Then 2000. All on just half of the Kempton Park Green Belt. Their latest number is 3000 – on the whole place, bulldozing the racecourse and the grandstand in the process.

Will they be satisfied with 3000? Given their track record – the move from 1000 to 2000 all took place in a matter of months, and involved giving different numbers to different people at the same time – we don’t think so. We fully expect the 3000 number to be upped, and upped. This will become – if they’re given half a chance – an all-you-can-eat buffet. They will keep coming back for more.

To put it in context, the whole of Lower Sunbury comprises 5300-odd households, 12700 individuals. 3000 extra dwellings on their own would bring almost 7200 people onto the already overburdened roads, schools and health facilities – an increase of 56%. Never mind the further increase from 3000 dwellings we expect from the Jockey Club.

These plans must be stopped. And so far we have managed to do just that, through much effort in the background, but without spending much money at all.

But we are now in the midst of the review of our Local Plan, through which The Jockey Club and Redrow, their builders of choice, hope to get permission for their free lunch. If we are to stand a fighting chance, we need to have a lawyer to represent the interests of residents, particularly at the Examination in Public at which our new Local Plan will be scrutinised by a Planning Inspector.

We have already instructed one of the leading QCs at the London Planning and Environmental Bar. He is very familiar with Sunbury, having represented residents during previous planning hearings, and he is extremely good value for money.

So we are appealing to your generous nature.

Contributions can be made

a) by direct transfer to our bank account;
Barclays Bank
Account name: Keep Kempton Green
Sort Code: 20-42-76
Account number: 5326 5943

b) through PayPal – Reference keepkemptongreen@hotmail.co.uk Continue reading Stop their free lunch!

… or they'll pave paradise and put up a parking lot …

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