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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!

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Just in case you think Kempton Park has been saved from the delicate clutches of Redrow and the Jockey Club …

From JCR’s point of view, the proposals remain as live today as they were nearly two years ago. Click here to read Greg Woods’ article.

 

 

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 …

 

 

 

Cast your eyes this way …

You will probably have already heard about Spelthorne’s consultation – currently under way – on the Issues and Options document of our Local Plan Review.

This is a FORMAL process and it is important that you register your views FORMALLY. Otherwise they will not be taken into account.

The process is easy – 10 questions in total.

Online

Go to https://consult.spelthorne.gov.uk/consult.ti/Localplan/consultationHome

You will be offered three ways to submit your response.

*          Respond by making comments on the consultation document

*          Respond by filling in the online questionnaire

*          Respond by uploading a response document

Responding through the Spelthorne website is the best way to respond.

However, if you find it difficult to use the online system, you can also respond on a paper document by post.

By Post

You can download the entire consultation document here, print it out and fill it in by hand.

(The questionnaire part of this document runs from page 29 to 34 at the end of the document. You can download a blank version of the questionnaire section to complete by hand  here. )

Your responses can be emailed to local.plan@spelthorne.gov.uk

Or you can post your response to:

Strategic Planning, Spelthorne Borough Council, Council Offices,

Knowle Green, Staines-upon-Thames. TW18 1XB

Suggestions

Whichever method you choose, we have drawn up a few suggestions as to how to respond, which you can download  here.

The suggested answers in this note are based on legal advice we have taken.

We have left Questions 3, 8, 9 and 10 open for any issues which you think should be raised, and any documents you wish to add to your response.

The Consultation runs for 6 weeks and closes at midnight on Monday 25 June 2018.

Live!

The consultation on the Issues and Options document – part of the Review of our Local Plan – is now live.

Information on the consultation can be seen on the Spelthorne Council website at https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan

The document itself can be read by clicking here.

We will give you our analysis of the implications of the Issues and Options document for Kempton Park as soon as we have taken professional advice.

 

 

Heads Up!

A very important consultation on our new Local Plan begins on Monday, 14 May.

The Council will be publishing an Issues and Option document at noon on Monday. The document will set out four Options that the Council may use in approaching the problem of building 590 new dwellings per annum, a target which the government has imposed on us. (The current housing target is 166 per annum.)

We will not go into details here right now, but we will make the Issues and Options document available here on Monday. We will be taking legal advice on this paper and will let you know our analysis as soon as we can.

The consultation period will last six weeks, ending on Monday 25 June. It is vital that you make your preferences known during this consultation. Submitting your views using a simple online process on the Spelthorne Council website will also automatically register you for further information and consultations as the Review of our Local Plan continues.

Various public consultation events will be held throughout the Borough during the consultation period. See below (click on the image for a better view), or go to https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/localplan .