We are pleased to report that the rural business centre at Norwood Farm, Old Common Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BS (application no. 2015/4567) has been refused by Elmbridge Borough Council.
Seven reasons were given for refusal and the report dated 20 May 2016, can be found on the Elmbridge Planning website under planning application 2015/4567.
There was a recent unanimous decision by Guildford Borough Council to refuse planning permission for 2068 homes plus associated infrastructure and highways changes at Three Farm Meadows, formerly Wisley Airfield. However, despite the application being turned down, the site remains in their draft Local Plan as a strategic site.
On 24th May 2016 at 7pm there is an important Councillors Meeting at Guildford Borough Council to agree their Local Plan. This will be open to the public. Wisley Action Group (WAG) is leading the fight for the removal of the site from the Local Plan and for saving the Green Belt.
The action group is currently obtaining the written opinion of a specialist planning QC to present to each individual Councillor. We must all vigorously fight for the removal of the site from their Local Plan, in order to save the Green Belt. If over 2,000 houses are built on our borders, it would have a serious impact on our community (thank you again to all who wrote opposing the application). It is also important to point out that the Applicant still has time to appeal to the inspector, and with the possible removal of the site from the Green Belt this could act in their favour.
We urge you to show your opposition to development of the Three Meadows site by attending the meeting, which is at the Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead, Guildford. GU21 4BB. Numbers attending in person really do count to show the strength of feeling on this.
We are pleased that Guildford Borough Council refused the Three Farms Meadows (former Wisley Airfield) new town development Planning Application (Ref 15/P/00012) on the 6th April 2016. Three Farm Meadows is safe for now but it's likely that the developer will appeal or submit a further application.
Well done to all the local organisations who worked so hard to oppose this totally inapproriate planning application.
The Planning meeting is recorded and can be viewed for up to 6 months via the following link:-
Those who objected to the earlier applications for a rural business centre at Norwood Farm, Old Common Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BS may have received notification of an amended proposal (application no. 2015/4567). Looking at this, your Planning Team find that apart from relatively small detail, little has changed in terms of the proposed scale, nature and design of the development from the previously refused application (2014/1993).
Please write now and object to this new application and when objecting it is also important to state that your letter is one of objection and not just comment.
The proposal is still to build a large commercial office development of 2,766sq metres (30,000 sq ft) with car parking.
• There is no justification for a large development in the Green Belt on what was a farm. The present collection of buildings is low key, involving 17 employees and the proposed new development will have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the existing buildings and uses.
• The site is located in an unsustainable location in terms of access by non-car modes of transport, and the intensification of activities on the site in terms of comings and goings of vehicles would result in harm to the character and openness of the Green Belt.
• The proposed access would be via Elvedon Road off and onto Portsmouth Road. The location is far from reliable or convenient public transport.
• The proposed development will bring no benefit whatsoever to Cobham, only harm by additional traffic generation. It will detract from Cobham as a business centre while too far away for shops to benefit.
• This application for a significant development flies in the face of policies settled by the Core Strategy in 2011 and Green Belt objectives. If permitted it could set a dangerous precedent for pending Green Belt development.
For a more detailed review of the application please click here.
You can view our objection letter by clicking here