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The second planning application [16/P/02134] for change of use from agricultural land to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace [SANG] at Russell Place Farm, Frog Grove Lane, Wood Street has been refused by Guildford BC Planning Committee, overturning the recommendation of the case officer.

15/P/02063 Rathfarnham House, East Flexford Lane, Wanborough, Guildford, GU3 2JP

Change of use from residential (C3) to Care Home (C2) for a temporary period of 3 years

Approved 04/01/2016

The use hereby permitted shall be discontinued on or before 01/01/2019

No objection from Surrey CC Highways Authority

 

Michael Cox, Renaissance Support Ltd (not listed as Director but June Conn is minority shareholder)

Julie Conn, La Vita Nova Care Home, Crann Dara, East Flexford Lane, Wanborough GU3 2JP

http://www.lavitanovacare.co.uk/

Surrey Heath BC

CASE NO: 2015/0684

LOCATION: MAGPYES BARN, HIGHAMS LANE, CHOBHAM, WOKING, GU24 8TD

PROPOSAL: Change of Use from C3 (Dwelling) to C2 Residential Institution) for 5 residents with learning and physical disabilities. (Amended plan rec'd 14/08/2015).

TYPE: Full Planning Application

APPLICANT: Mr Michael Cox, La Vita Nova

OFFICER: Mr N Praine

Registration Date 06/08/2015

Earliest Decision Date 09/09/2015

Statutory Expiry Date 01/10/2015

Surrey County Council are currently working on producing a new Rural Strategy for Surrey and would like our views.  The consultation is based on an on-line questionnaire (an empty PDF version available for download is attached to this article). Originally the deadline for completion was set to 4 January 2016 but because of the intervening Christmas and New Year period, the county council have conceded to requests from the public to extend the period to give greater opportunity to submit responses.

Ash Residents' Association [ASHRA] circulated their members on 8 January 2016, reminding them that Bewley Homes and a2dominion obtained outline planning permission to build up to 400 homes on the land known as Ash Meadows to the south of Ash Lodge Drive in the Green Belt in 2014.

ASHRA indicated that these companies will hold an exhibition at the Tongham Community Centre on Thursday 21st January 2016 from 3:30pm to 8pm. This exhibition is to display their progressed plans, prior to their submission of a detailed planning application, known as a "reserve matters" application, to Guildford Borough Council.

This of interest to Normandy and Flexford residents as the original proposals contained the designation of 24 hectares of land as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace [SANG] only 3.8 kilometres (approximately) from the lately refused North Wyke Farm site.

On 8 December 2015, an appeal outcome (APP/Y3615/W/15/3132375) against 15/P/00293 was published by the Planning Inspectorate that decided in favour of the appellant Taylor Wimpey for the building of 26 dwellings at Minley Nursery to the west of Spoil Lane, Tongham adjacent to Ash Manor School; the original application was for 55 dwellings.

In that judgement the Inspector states that GBC indicated the 24 hectares of SANG proposed by Bewley Homes at Ash Lodge Drive was available, in contrast to the the Officer Report for North Wyke Farm, Normandy decision on 14 December 2015 that indicated the proposed SANG was unavailable.

The CIL rates below are set much lower for greenbelt land than for urban land and still show “strategic sites”, including the as yet unconfirmed Blackwell Farm, Gosden Hill Farm and Wisley Airfield:

Residential:  
♦ Guildford Town  £500
♦ Ash & Tongham  £100
♦ Rural areas and villages  £300
♦ Slyfield £150
♦ Strategic sites £400
Purpose built student accommodation:  £75
Assisted care housing:  £100
Retail: £200
Other forms of floorspace:    £0

This suggests that town centre development will almost all be “other forms of floorspace”, or retail, or student accommodation, as it is significantly cheaper to develop than residential, forcing residential development into Ash, Tongham, Slyfield, the rural areas and the strategic sites. 

The consultation period closes 31 March 2015.

The Chancellor and the Housing Minister have proposed 10 housing zones outside London using 'brownfield' land; a shortlist of 29 areas has been published, each of which have bid to become one of the housing zones.  Housing Minister Brandon Lewis has been quoted as saying "this would protect the Green Belt"

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