Bewley Homes & a2dominion exhibition at Tongham Community Centre, 21st January 2016.
From emails received and from what residents have said following the exhibition, it is quite clear that the developers' representatives were telling different people, different things. This was particularly true when it came to explaining how the flooding situation would be addressed.
Although the plans showed a series of ditches and drainage ponds, any explanation of how they would actually work depended on which representative was pretending to know the answer.
Surface water flooding is only one of the serious issues that need to be addressed of course. When the developers submit their Reserve Matters Application to the Council, be assured that we will be examining every issue in detail.
In the meantime, if a neighbour tells you one thing and you were told another it’s not necessarily that one of you is mistaken, it is more likely that you were speaking to different representatives.
You will no doubt remember 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 2014.
We have been advised 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.
We would encourage all those interested in seeing what is proposed to attend this exhibition.
This is our final Newsletter for 2015. It also gives us time for reflection, in that Ash Residents Association is now well over four years old.
A lot of issues have been addressed in that time, a lot or writing has been done, many, many meetings have been held, and many reams of paper have been consumed. We have enjoyed the work we have done and are proud of what we have achieved…… always with your help and support.
May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Planning Application 15/P/00302. Wandle Close, Ash
At the November Planning Meeting it was decided that there should be a site visit by the Councillors before a final decision was taken, in order that the Councillors could see the issues for themselves .
During the period between the November meeting and the December meeting the developers produced a late document which re-iterated their assurances that there would not be any resulting flooding caused by their development. Consequently, prior to this December meeting, Ash Residents Association produced their own document for the Councillors’ consideration, which clearly set out the issues, including that fact that this site was in an area of High Risk from surface water flooding according to the Environment Agency Flood Maps. We also pointed out that, although the developer planned to raise the base of the houses by 300mm above existing ground levels, the site had, in the past, flooded to a depth of 800mm partly due to the existing drains and sewers being surcharged, or completely full. If this therefore happened again after the development, the houses would have 20 inches of water running through them.
The Guildford Borough Council Engineers have now stated that, in light of the ASHRA report, they need to re-assess this application, having previously given it their blessing.
This Application has now been deferred until such time as the Council Engineers have carried out their studies.
Note: If anyone is interested in the document we presented to the Councillors, it can be found here.
Planning Application 15/P/00167. Land West of Spoil Lane
This Application was made by Taylor Wimpey as an additional development adjacent to their existing new development in Ash Green Lane West / Manor Road.
This Application was originally refused by Guildford Borough Council, but went to appeal. Unfortunately the appeal was successful, and the development will therefore go ahead. Costs were awarded against GBC.
Planning Application 15/P/00391. 38 South Lane, Ash
At the November Planning Meeting it was decided that there should be a site visit by the Councillors before a final decision was taken, in order that the Councillors could see the issues for themselves.
Since then a late consultation request was received from Surrey Wildlife Trust, which raised concerns about the close proximity of Great Crested Newts. It is now up to the applicant to address the issue.
This Application will be brought back to Committee following the results of an appropriate survey.