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Don’t let them get the wind up you …

The rowing races might be cancelled at tomorrow’s Sunbury Regatta (for the first time in 142 years!?), but we’ll be there regardless …

See you tomorrow.

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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 …

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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;
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Account name: Keep Kempton Green
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Account number: 5326 5943

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

Soliciting for business

An interesting little document has surfaced among the responses to the recent Issues and Options consultation for our new Local Plan in Spelthorne.

The letter, from London Irish Holdings Ltd, contains the following phrase (see the last page):

“…it will also be necessary to identify and allocate larger sites in the Green Belt to come forward later on in the plan period if the Council is to meet its development needs.”

We’ve already lost one London Irish site to 220 houses off The Avenue. They are trying again …

 

 

 

The deadline is midnight on Monday

Just a reminder, the deadline to get your response to the Issues and Options consultation to Spelthorne Council is midnight on Monday 25 June.

You can do it online at https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk/consult.ti/Localplan/consultationHome

Or you can print off a blank response form by clicking here, complete it and return it to the Spelthorne Council offices at Knowle Green.

Whichever way you do it, get the benefit of our QC’s legal advice and read the guide by clicking here.