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Option M & Q Corridor 

The Option M/Q corridor in our area (Ash Green, Normandy/Flexford, Wanborough, Wood Street) has the potential for major impact on the landscape.  As the pipeline is unlikely to be routed directly through the settlement of Fexford and the hamlet of Wanborough, route options are forced to the northern and southern boundaries of the corridor proposed as Option M/Q. 

The southern boundary of the Option M corridor as it passes north of the A31 intrudes first in to the northern boundary of Surrey Hills AONB and as it passes west into the vicinity of Wanborough strikes directly through the AGLV land on the north slopes of the Hogs Back.  Any haul road and trenching work will present a significant scar in this area of striking visual amenity.

Click to watch a time lapse video of the the laying of a section of the NTS South Wales pipeline.

Impact of Civil Engineering Works

NAG are sceptical of the proposition that the potential haul, trenching and back-fill roads will be only 25 metres wide. A cursory search for images on the Internet for laying of a 30cm steel pipeline for refined product transmission, shows a range of activity and scale of civil engineering equipment to be significant.

Click to read the stages in a typical pipe laying project.

No evidence was on show at the public exhibition to illustrate the potential physical scale of operations e.g. a pipe-laying machine. No information was visible to illustrate where and how access points would be created for the delivery of hundreds of metres of heavy duty 30cm steel piping and where and how it would be stored.

Important Landscape Designation Unconsidered

The on-line map fails to take account of land classifications Area of Great Landscape Value [AGLV] and Site of Nature Conservation Interest [SNCI].  AGLV boundary maps are available from the Surrey County Council on-line interactive map service

This landscape designation is recognised by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee [JNCC] that advises government but is not taken account of by the provided public mapping solution and in that way is seriously deficient as it fails to properly inform residents of the potential impact of the pipeline laying on a well-recognised landscape classification. This is a striking landscape for which reason it will be considered for inclusion in the Surrey Hills AONB in 2019.

This land on the north slopes of the Hogs Back designated an Area of Great Landscape Value extends from the Surrey Hills AONB boundary to the north of the A31 north to Flexford Road. Any haul road for pipeline trenching will damage the visual amenity of this land.

Local Sites Impact 

A Site of Nature Conservation Interest lies to the east of The Paddocks and west of Flexford Lane in Flexford and south of the North Downs Line. The geographic reference for this site can be seen on page 306 of the Guildford Borough Council SHLAA December 2012.  This land has subsequently been withdrawn as a potential development site from the Guildford Submission Local Plan 2018 and recently had a planning application for housing rejected by Guildford BC Planning Committee due to its SNCI status. This site lies in the potential path for the pipeline and should be avoided. 

Other land previously subject to planning applications for housing is the field/site opposite The Paddocks to the south of the North Downs Line and the east of Glaziers Lane. These limit the opportunity to route the pipeline north of the North Downs Line as the boundary crosses Glaziers Lane and would block routing to the north-east towards Bailes Lane.

Woodland Threatened

The land proposed in the Option M corridor is shown to contain a large amount of Ancient Woodland and other woodland extensions at the margins of the stands of Ancient Woodland.

Of major concern is the pinch point between the north boundary of Wanborough Wood and the south boundary of Highfield Copse, in particular Week Wood. The Option M route boundary drawn around Wanborough Wood appears to force the likelihood of part the woodland of Week Wood on its south side to be cleared to enable any haul road and trenching. This is unacceptable. 

Much of the local wood stands are habitat for a local deer population and any civil engineering activity would represent a major disturbance and loss of habitat for a normally shy species. The southern boundary of Option M at this point appears to cut directly across the AGLV land that lies between Grubground Copse and Wanborough Wood leading to some woodland clearing should a path be forced here. This is unacceptable.

Where the boundary approaches from the west and strikes north from its touch point on the ancient woodland of Highfield Copse, the boundary passes directly through properties to the end of Beech Lane at Beech Tree Farm. It is totally unacceptable to propose laying through private gardens. To route outside the boundary to the west of Beech Lane would damage the ancient woodland of Highfield Copse and this is also unacceptable.

Public Rights of Way

Any routing in this corridor as a whole will severely disrupt a series of well-established and used Public Rights of Way as established and maintained by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

The following footpaths and byeways are at risk: FP358 , BY522, BY524, BY523, FP375, FP376, FP453, FP381, FP380, FP374, BW381, BY534, FP377, FP385. These form one of the densest networks in the west of Guildford borough. This is unacceptable.

In addition there is the potential for Byway 523 and 524 to be disrupted. This is unacceptable.

Byeway 524 that runs along Beech Lane is subject to significant flooding despite the Normandy Flood Forum working with National Rail and Thames Water to alleviate the problem as the water table is blocked by the railway embankment of the North Downs Line as it runs to the south of Beech Lane. Any subterranean works such as pipeline laying has the potential to exacerbate flood risk here rather than alleviate.  This is unacceptable. 

Pressure on Road Infrastructure

NAG believes the northern boundary of Route M&Q through Normandy that runs to the north of the North Downs Line is infeasible on both sides of Glaziers Lane in the approach from the west and exit to the east. It appears the intention is to run the pipeline either under or alongside the North Downs Railway line at the Glaziers Lane bridge. The corridor formed by the boundary of Option M corridor to the north of the North Downs Line that crosses Westwood Lane is narrow and likely subject to groundwater flows, again as a result of the proximity of the North Downs Line embankment.

Any cutting of Westwood Lane even for a temporary period will disrupt the traffic flow of a Class D road that acts as a feeder from the A31 to the A323 and A324 (historic traffic counts indicate 1,000+ vehicle movement per day at peak times). This is likely unacceptable to road users and will divert excessive traffic down Glaziers Lane that has a 30 mph speed limit and at points poor sight lines that have caused a small number of serious accidents in the past. This outcome would be unacceptable to residents.

The bridge has seen a gradual deterioration of its northern and southern approach slopes with some slippage on both sides of Glaziers Lane exposing the front edge of the reinforcing concrete slab. Any further disturbance by vibration from large-scale pipe-laying activities in close proximity might lead to the closure of Glaziers Lane for bridge repairs. Although a Class D road, Glaziers Lane is used by through traffic HGVs for access to the A323 towards the Ash area to the west and to the Worplesdon area to the east. Any damage to the road bridge would be disruptive to local vehicle movements.

Other Potential Disruption

As the north boundary of Option M corridor approaches the railway bridge at Glaziers Lane that crosses north-south over the railway line, it narrows to follow the railway line creating a further pinch point in potential pipeline routing. Either the pipeline trench will have to pass under the bridge on National Rail land or through the embankment to the south of the bridge simultaneously forcing it to cross the land of 174 Glaziers Lane. This is unacceptable.

Although reinforced some 40 years ago, the bridge has suffered front and rear edge subsidence as a consequence of local HGV traffic. Any vibration or disturbance caused by pipeline trenching and laying may well exacerbate this subsidence and further damage the bridge in such a way to disrupt through traffic feeding the A323 and A324.

Due to the restrictive bridge in Westwood Lane under the North Downs Line, HGV traffic chooses to use Glaziers Lane that suffers a disproportionate volume of such vehicles when added to those servicing local businesses. Any civil engineering operations (e.g. extended road closures) that disrupt this traffic flow will have a back up effect onto the A31 at peak times.

Saturday the 22nd - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template