Yet again, unfortunately, we are forced to make an appeal for our Fighting Fund.
This time it is for professional advice on the joint Runnymede/Spelthorne Strategic Housing Market Assessment, or SHMA.
The draft SHMA report says that the two Boroughs will need to build 1250 dwellings, every year for the next twenty years, to satisfy the need for housing. The lion’s share of this total would be built in Spelthorne.
Building at such a rate will change the character of this Borough radically, and unalterably. It would have profound implications for neighbouring Boroughs.
This report has to be challenged.
What does this have to do with the campaign to stop 1500-2000 dwellings being built on Green belt at Kempton Park?
If the future housing targets in the Revised Local Plan are anything approaching the housing needs assessment in the SHMA, then preventing those Kempton Park houses (and protecting Green Belt and open spaces anywhere else in this and neighbouring Boroughs) will become very much more difficult.
Unfortunately, time is extremely short. We have until 27 July to submit comments on the draft SHMA.
It really says something about the state of local democracy when residents – not for the first time – are forced into this kind of dispute with their own Council. We wish it wasn’t so. But, more’s the pity, it is.
LOSRA (the Lower Sunbury Residents Association) have kindly offered to receive and account for donations to this campaign. LOSRA have been around for more than 40 years, and have impeccable credentials with regard to accountability and reliability.
If you would like to donate to the cause using PayPal, please click here . This will take you straight through to the LOSRA website’s home page. Scroll down and click on the button on the right: “Donate to the Keep Kempton Green Fund“.
If you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to LOSRA and send it to:
20 Green Street, Sunbury, TW16 6RN
Alternatively, donations can be deposited directly into the LOSRA bank account set up for this purpose:
Account name: LOSRA
Sort Code: 20-46-73
Account number: 8341 3934
As you would expect, the identity of all donors will be kept confidential.
Kind regards, and thank you very much in advance for your generosity.
Keep Kempton Green