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ACV Green Belt Boundary Review Report

The final version of the Ashtead Green Belt Boundary Review is now published and available to read. Feedback from Ashtead residents in response to the initial draft has been reviewed and amendments included into this final version which has been submitted to Mole Valley District Council for inclusion in their district-wide Green Belt Boundary Review. These final amendments and the results of the recent survey were presented to the Forum on 8th February and approved for issue.

Open Day 18th Jan 2014
Consultation culminated in an Open Morning on 18th January 2014


3 Comments

  1. David Gollin says:

    One of the main thrusts and activities of Ashtead Residents Association for the past nearly 70 years has been the preservation of the Green Belt line. Any planning application that breached this has been vigorously opposed (with success). At regular intervals, planning applications within the built-up area but with densities far higher than those previously allowed have been accepted under protest as the quid pro quo for maintaining the Green Belt boundary. Any relaxation of the Green Belt line would destroy this long standing policy and could well be used as a precedent for further unwelcome changes.

    Ashtead is already the largest community in Mole Valley. Over the last 20 years, it has hosted a bigger proportional increase in housing stock than the other areas. It has played its part. Other areas should take their share.

    Ashtead has a population of over 15,000 but does not have a community secondary school. Increasing the population would just further increase the problem.

    I have often been asked how can a community of over 15,000 be considered a village. My reply is always that it thinks like a village, it acts like a village and from any house in the community, on foot, one can be walking in open country in under 8 minutes. Many proper villages cannot meet this last. It is thanks to the Green Belt boundary that encloses Ashtead round 360 degrees.

    Specifically your winter newsletter asks about areas J1, J2 and J3. J1 and J3 have regularly been subjects of unsuitable planning applications, which have been seen off under Green Belt status. To change the status now would belie all that hard work. If these two areas did become built up, it would open the way for further claims to develop the next field along Woodcote Road as “in-filling”. Then the next filed. This is the only gap here between Ashtead and Epsom. Stand firm.

    Area J2 is the Pleasure Pit. It has not been looked after and should be. However, that does not mean building on it. A deal with Surrey Wildlife Trust, similar to that in the Park, would restore this to a proper wildlife corridor, which is much needed.

    Ermyn Way Fields are still proper agricultural fields. Why develop them? There appears to be a general countywide policy of encouraging development up to a motorway, which defines a clear boundary. If Leatherhead could also develop to the motorway, there would be no open space left to divide them. This also the issue about moving “Poor’s Allotments” to the east side of the motorway. The current allotments would, at best, be built on to form a Park & Ride facility or be fully developed. Again our breathing space would either diminuish or disappear.

    When coming from central London, the first break in the continuous development is the Ashtead/Epsom Commons. To the west, there is a small break between Bookham and Effingham but the first proper break is beyond Effingham. Thus the break between Ashtead and Leatherhead is critical in its entirety.

    We may have to endure yet greater densities within the built-up envelope BUT DON’T TOUCH THE GREEN BELT.

    David Gollin

  2. j .gowlland says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with the above statement.

  3. Graeme Coombs says:

    I live in Quarry Gardens which is a cul de sac off Ermyn Way. The daily (growing) traffic following the new Brancaster Grove development and the horrendous rush hour traffic to and from Exxon Mobil (up to 2500 personnel), makes any thought of developing the land adjacent to the M25 utterly ridiculous. Ermyn Way is too narrow for yet more traffic and the traffic lights at the A24 junction are already a huge bottle neck, especially during Downsend School time when the phasing of the lights can have you sitting in Ermyn Way for approximately 6-7 minutes already. DON’T TOUCH THE GREEN BELT – PLEASE

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