Threat to Elmbridge Green Belt

Knock-on effect to Surbiton and Tolworth “massive”.

Elmbridge Borough Council has been consulting on their new Local Plan – this sets the policy by which planning applications are assessed.

Elmbridge are recommending that the area of Green Belt land north of the A309 and east and west of Woodstock Lane North (near the ‘Cap in Hand’) have its Green Belt status removed.

Whilst the land is in neighbouring Elmbridge, development there could have a massive impact on infrastructure needed here, as well as depriving Surbiton residents of an area of local green space.

The Government uses different criteria however to assess whether to keep Green Belt land, such as:

  • checking the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up areas
  • preventing neighbouring towns merging into one another

Kingston Liberal Democrats have responded to the consultation strongly, objecting to the removal of Green Belt status for this land and setting out our reasons related to the above criteria. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the review of the Elmbridge Local Plan – the new plan could be adopted in about two years’ time.

Cllr Lorraine Rolfe stated “The additional development would have a severe detrimental effect on local residents as there will be added pressure on our local existing services including schools and health services.”

Cllr Thay Thayalan added “Vehicle movements from any new large development would have a severe impact on our local road network” .

Cllr Tom Davies commented “Add these 2000 new homes to the additional 1200 new homes already proposed for our area and without doubt the whole local area would be severely impacted”.


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