The site for our new residential development covers an area of approximately 3.7 acres, and is outlined in red on the planning policy map illustrated below. The site forms part of the Housing Reserve Site Allocation at Policy H8 of the Core Strategy. The extent of the allocation is marked with a hatched purple line on the plan shown.
Location of the site in relation to the Housing Reserve Site (H8)
This site will be an extension to our consented Beldam Bridge Road scheme, carrying forward many of the design principles and creating a new link between Beldam Bridge Road and Benner Lane.
The proposed development will incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) to ensure that surface water run-off rates from the site are no higher than current greenfield levels. Surface water will be stored on site before controlling outflows to the existing local watercourse without increasing flood risk to any homes anywhere upstream and downstream of the site.
The proposed drainage system will comprise permeable paving and underground cellular tanks to provide storage. The system will connect into the existing ditch network along the eastern boundary of the site.
The proposed system is designed to cater for the 1 in 100 year storm, with a 40% allowance for the predicted impact of climate change in accordance with local and national policy.
Foul flows from the development will be directed south and connect into our Beldam Bridge Road development. Thames Water has confirmed that there is capacity in the surrounding network to accept the foul flows from both developments.
Access and highways
The site will be accessed via our Beldam Bridge Road development, removing the need for an additional access to be constructed. In addition, the existing private driveway access from Benner Lane will be resurfaced and serve as a shared pedestrian/cycle and emergency access. This additional link will increase permeability into the village, without encouraging additional vehicle use.
The development site is sustainable with a range of local facilities and amenities available, as well as cycle and public transport access to the wider area. Regular bus services are accessible within a 600m walk of the site, and these allow for travel to key destinations including Camberley, Woking and Guildford, as well as enabling connections to rail services at Bagshot and Woking.
The development of 43 houses is expected to generate some 23 two-way vehicle trips during the peak hours of 8am to 9am, and again between 5pm and 6pm on weekdays. This is equivalent to less than one additional vehicle every two to three minutes during the peak hours.
Parking provision will be more than the prescribed local parking standards, with an average of two to three spaces for two and three-bedroom homes and three spaces for four-bedroom houses. According to the standards, a total of 72 parking spaces are required whereas the layout provides a total of 88, exceeding the requirement by 16 spaces.
During 2016 and 2017 a range of ecological surveys have been undertaken to investigate which species are present on site and information has been gathered to inform the detailed development proposals.
Trees and landscape
Significant trees worthy of retention have been identified at the boundaries of the site and these are to be retained by the detailed design of the scheme.
The proposed development would result in the loss of some existing trees in the centre of the site, but the loss of these will be mitigated by the planting of several new trees and varied species to provide softening to the development.
An area of open space at the eastern edge of the development provides an area of informal recreation and opportunities for natural doorstep play, whilst ensuring the development is appropriately set back from the existing woodland edge.