Well the amended plans are almost up for their stated deadline of the 13th June but you can submit objections right up to the decision date. We have again digested the plans to see what amendments have been made and what they mean and have come away with severe indigestion! No concerns have been allayed and in most cases more have arisen. The air quality report alone showed very clearly there is a severe problem at both the Redding Way junction and Brookwood junction yet no mitigating comments are available.
Incidentally, yes we have noticed the digging happening at the site which is either highly presumptuous or possibly concerned with the existing houses which many will have noted have scaffolding around them… We have contacted Douglas Spinks and are awaiting an explanation.
We can now confirm that according the the Deputy Chief Executive of WBC, Douglas Spinks, an air quality assessement has been requested. This report will only become available online when WBC have assessed by ‘relevant consultees’…
We have had numerous suggestions and input from residents over this plan for Brookwood Farm and having met with those responsible (see below) we have been able to compose a letter to Woking Borough Council in objection to the proposal as it stands. The letter details what we have been able to identify as technically deficient or sub-standard, poor planning or incorrect assumptions, or not in keeping with planning policy. It includes issues raised by residents that contacted us and accounts for changes in planning regulation and adds a caveat that we may want to add further comments at a later date. Those wishing to view the letter can do so by clicking here or on the letter to the right.
Members of the KRA committee have met with representatives from Cala Homes and their consultants who carried out the transport assessment. The meeting was constructive and clarified a number of points.
The first point to make is that the transport expert agreed with what the KRA have been saying for months the A322 ‘Bagshot Road’ IS CONGESTED. The attention turns to Surrey Highways to see what suggestions they are going to come forward with to ease the situation or limit the size of any development that has new traffic joining this congested road.
The KRA have written to WBC pointing out this omission and believe that the application can not progress until a study on the impact that the Brookwood Farm development would have on the air quality in the vicinity of Bagshot Road.
You CAN still submit your comments
WBC will still accept comments from residents although the official public consultation period is closed. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org the heading for your email should be PLAN/2012/0224 BROOKWOOD FARM DEVELOPMENT. Also copy your local Councillor in on your message.
That the A322 is congested is not is dispute; the way in which proposed or estimated increased levels of traffic will be managed has been put forward as a ‘traffic management system’. If I have understood this correctly, then sensors would be placed near the Brookwood lights and along Bagshot Road near Redding Way; as the sensor detects queuing approaching Redding Way then those lights are turned red to prevent further build up of traffic, especially across the junction. This allows those exiting Redding Way a clear exit which is not currently the case at peak hours. Brookwood junction lights are then turned green to clear that junction and subsequently allow further flow down Bagshot Road. The upshot is that you will end up with two medium queues in place of one long and one short but it should maintain a clear junction with no net increase in delay other than that introduced by increased traffic.
We should also note that the traffic assessment has accounted for the proposed expansion of Sainsbury’s store at Redding Way and an estimated annual increase in cars; it has not accounted for proposed developments in Deepcut, Pirbright or the potential for development at the site of the Fox Garage. When considered by SCC, they noted what they considered to be a low estimate of additional traffic and have asked for a reviewed set of figures to be submitted.
4/4/12 KRA / Cala meeting scheduled
We have now pencilled in the date where representatives of Cala and the residents’ association can go through the plans and transport analysis. As we have been from the concept stages of this project, we shall be questioning the processes used and ensuring, as far as we can, that regulatory process is applied rigorously. We have attended all consultation events and entered into frequent communication with Cala so that we may see how plans are keeping in line with promises made.
2/4/12 Cala newsletter pending
Expect some newsletters through the post from Cala in the hear future! I’ve just received the following email from their communications agent:
“Dear Sir or Madam,
Proposals for Brookwood Farm
Since the third event in September last year, the team has undertaken a full analysis of all comments received, as well as further technical work to support the proposals, and a planning application has now been submitted to Woking Borough Council.
The attached newsletter will provide you with an overview of changes that have been made since the event in September, full details of the submitted proposals, and responses to some of the common concerns following the third event.
More than 2,000 newsletters will be sent out in the next week to the local community, so you may also receive a paper copy in the post.
Should you require any additional information or have any further questions, you can contact a member of the project team, using the details listed in the newsletter.
For and on behalf of CALA Homes”
For those interested, the newsletter is attached here
1/4/12 Meeting accepted
We have heard back from the agents of Cala Homes who have ACCEPTED to meet with us to go through their plans. High on the agenda will be to go through the transport analysis (134 pages of it…) and we have specifically requested a transport expert to attend.
For those of you as concerned as we are about school places, we had Tim Hall as guest speaker at our recent AGM; he was both helpful and as informative as he could be without having made a study of the development plans. He did confirm however that it is down to Woking Borough Council to assess school places as a part of the planning process so we shall also be asking WBC to comment.
28/3/12 Independent petition launched
A quick update on the story – it seems that the news of the planning application is spreading like wildfire throughout the area and beyond. With other developments in Deepcut and Pirbright, residents are rightly very concerned about the state of the roads and area as a whole. It seems the subject raises some exceptionally passionate debate in the village with one resident, Jackie Barney, having created a new petition, aiming for at least 1000 signatories, against the Cala Homes project, which you can find at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/793/086/998/say-no-to-brookwood-farm-development/ . We commend the creation of the petition by Jackie as we as a body are not in a position to do so and no-one else thought to. Oddly, while the petition is being signed, not many are logging in to the council site to lodge formal objections which are required to carry real weight in the application process so the residents’ association would urge those concerned to use the WBC planning portal to lodge objections they see fit.
The KRA have contacted Cala Homes in order to take them up on an offer they made for a post application meeting. During the meeting, if accepted, we will want to go through the transport report and get their opinion on several other topics.
23/3/12 Planning submitted
We all knew it was coming and now it’s confirmed as the application described as ‘Erection of 297 No dwellings with open space, sports pitches, ancillary building and facilities, allotments, access road, car parking and landscaping’ has formally been submitted to the planning office.
If the link above doesn’t work (the planning software at WBC can be twitchy!) the plan is number PLAN/2012/0224