Guildford Borough Council has announced that the planned new road bridge and later a footbridge to replace the level crossing at Ash Station has received an extra £13.9 million funding from central government.

See press release here and details of the proposal here:

Ref: 19/P/01460 (Ash Bridge)
Address: Land east of Ash Railway Station & Foreman Road & south of, Guildford Road, Ash, GU12
Proposal: Construction of a road bridge with associated footways and cycle path connecting Guildford Road / Ash Hill Road Roundabout to a new junction with Foreman Road over the North Downs Railway Line south of the existing Ash level crossing, in addition to associated junction improvements, landscaping mitigation, ecology management measures, flood mitigation measures, and drainage.

This needs to be seen in the context of a series of planning approvals over the last few years in the area around Ash Station that will significantly increase housing density in this area (see plan). All this housing has parking spaces and the bridge and the A323/A324 junction upgrade at Pirbright Road will see a proportion of the journeys they generate come through Normandy more quickly and in larger number. These developments include (but are not limited to):

Ref: 16/P/01679 (Red Boundary on Map)
Address: Land south of Guildford Road, and to the south and east of Dene Close, Ash, GU12 6BS
Proposal: Outline application for up to 154 dwellings, access, parking, open space, landscaping and balancing pond.

Ref: 13/P/00717
Address: The Croft, Foreman Road, Ash, Guildford, GU12 6HD
Proposal: Erection of 39 residential dwellings including an apartment block for eight dwellings with associated access, parking, landscaping and open space, following demolition of the existing property on site (The Croft) (as amended by plans received 28/06/13 - revised layout and 02/07/13 - revised layout affordable flats and amended plans received 26/07/13, amended tree protection plan received 11/09/13) (amended plans received 07/11/13 re-siting the apartment block together with a change to its design, two additional visitor parking spaces and a design change to dormer windows).

Ref: 12/P/02100 (Brown Boundary on Map)
Address: Land south of, Guildford Road, Ash, Guildford, GU12
Proposal: The use of land for the stationing of caravans for residential purposes for four gypsy pitches together with the formation of additional hard standing and utility/ dayrooms ancillary to that use (additional plan received 17/12/12) (additional information received 02/04/13 - Ecological assessment).

Ref: 12/P/01534
Address: Land to the south of Foreman Park and west of, Foreman Road, Ash, GU12
Proposal: Outline application for the erection of 26 residential dwellings comprising 9 no. x 2 bed, 15 no. x 3 bed and 2 no. x 4 bed houses with associated open space and 42 car parking spaces (as amended by documents received 12/10/2012 & 16.10.12)

The orange boundary line on the map is around an area of land that, by the map annotation and implied road junctions, suggests further housing development.

All these dwellings are within the 5km buffer of TBHSPA and have taken advantage of the SANG sites (e.g. Ash Lodge Drive, Russell Place Farm etc). There is another area of SANG, 18/P/01958, which has just had its landscaping completed, on the south side of the A31 (Seale & The Sands) as it sweeps down towards the Shepherd & Flock roundabout just past the Woking sliproad, just outside the Surrey Hills AONB boundary.


Wednesday the 17th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template