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Land off Beldam Bridge Road

Beldam Bridge Road - West End - Woking - Surrey

We have submitted a reserved matters planning application for a new residential development of 85 homes on land to the north of Beldam Bridge Road, West End.

  • Beldam Bridge Road development proposals

    We have submitted a reserved matters planning application for a new residential development of 85 homes on land to the north of Beldam Bridge Road, West End.

    The site which we are proposing for our new residential development covers an area of approximately 2.4 hectares and is outlined in red on the map pictured right. This area of land is reserved within Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Local Plan to meet possible long-term housing development needs and is excluded from the green belt.

    As a considerate and responsible developer, we strive to ensure that local people, businesses and community groups are kept fully informed of our proposals – and give them every opportunity to comment on our plans so we can respond positively to local views.

    In order to allow local residents and key stakeholders the opportunity to find out more about our emerging proposals, we held a public exhibition at The Sports Pavilion off Benner Lane on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

    Visitors were able to view our emerging proposals, speak to experts from our project team, ask questions and provide us with their feedback on the scheme. If you would like to view the exhibition boards displayed at the consultation event, please click here.

    Our public consultation period closed on Wednesday 15th February 2017. The comments we received from local residents helped us to refine our emerging plans before we finalised and submitted a planning application to Surrey Heath Borough Council on Wednesday 1st March 2017.

  • The proposed development site

    Site context

    The subject site for our new residential development covers an area of approximately 2.4 hectares, and is outlined in red on the planning policy map illustrated below. The housing development is located on an area of land reserved in Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Local Plan to meet long-term housing development needs and is excluded from the Green Belt.

    The site is sustainably located on the edge of West End, which offers access to local facilities including a primary school, place of worship, public houses and a post office. Bus links are available within a short walking distance and there is good access to rail services at Brookwood and Woking. The site is well related to the A322 Guildford Road and the M3.

    Policy Map

    Location of the site in relation to the Housing Reserve Site (H8).

     

    Planning history

    Outline planning permission for the development of up to 85 homes on the site (including 40% affordable housing) was granted by Surrey Heath Borough Council in July 2016 (LPA Ref: 16/0323).

    This outline approval sets the parameters against which any subsequent application for development of the site is to be considered, with an illustrative masterplan showing how the residential scheme could be designed. Details are shown on the illustrative masterplan set out below:

    Illustrative masterplan

     

    Sustainability

    The site is within a suitable walking and cycling distance of the local facilities in West End, which include local shops, a post office, a primary school and a medical practice. Buses are available from Guildford Road, some 500m from the proposed site access. The bus stops on Guildford Road are served by a number of frequent and regular bus routes, including to Woking, Lightwater, Guildford and Camberley. Brookwood and Woking stations are approximately 5km and 7.5km from the site respectively. Both stations are accessible by bus and provide rail links to a wide range of destinations including London, Basingstoke, Southampton and Portsmouth.

     

    Access

    Access to the development for vehicles is proposed from Beldam Bridge Road using a simple T-junction access as shown on the plan pictured below. The location has been selected in order to minimise the impact on trees along the site frontage and the design has been agreed in principle with Surrey County Council. An additional pedestrian access is proposed further north and closer to the existing residential area.

    Access Plan

    Our proposed access plan for the residential development.

     

    Parking

    Car parking provision for the proposed homes will be in line with Surrey County Council’s guidance, as follows:

    • 1.5 or more spaces per 1 and 2-bedroom property
    • 2 or more spaces per 3, 4 and 5-bedroom property
    • Visitor parking to be provided where appropriate

     

    Drainage

    The proposed development lies in an area of low flood risk, classified as Flood Zone 1. The site will incorporate sustainable drainage measures (SuDS) which will reduce the ground water run off rate by 70% from existing levels.

    Sustainable drainage measures will include porous paving in some areas to collect, store and control outflows during storm events. This outflow will then be directed through underground pipes to a new attenuation basin/pond (pictured below), and then discharged into the watercourse at a reduced rate to the existing runoff.

    Foul drainage will discharge to the existing Thames Water public network via a new pumping station at the east of the site and rising main. Some upgrading of the existing network is likely to be required and Taylor Wimpey is currently in consultation with the water company on the detailed requirements.

    Drainage layout 

     

    Trees

    Trees are present throughout the residential development site. At the boundaries these are predominantly a mix of species that naturally occur in the area, such as oak, ash and birch. Within the site there is a wide and eclectic selection of trees given the site’s former use as a tree nursery.

    At the outline stage an assessment of the trees on the site was carried out. It found that the significant trees, worthy of retention, are to be found at the boundaries with some beyond being of special importance given their age. Whilst there is a good mix of species within the site, many of the trees are compromised due to the close spacing in which they have grown. That spacing was ideal for nursery production but upon abandonment the trees have grown on to become spindly and prone to failure.

    Existing trees will be complemented with further new tree planting to enhance the setting of the dwellings and to ensure a sustainable tree population for the enjoyment of future generations. 

     

    Ecology

    The proposed development site does not lie within or immediately adjacent to any statutory or non-statutory designated wildlife site and no direct impacts to such sites are anticipated as a result of the development proposals.

    An Ecological Appraisal of the site was undertaken at the outline planning application stage. Habitats at the site comprise remnants of the former tree nursery site, with formally shaded ground become colonised with grass, tall ruderal and herb species since tree cover has been reduced.

    Detailed survey work for reptiles, great crested newts and bats has been completed to inform an assessment of potential impacts to such species from proposed development of the site. Reptiles and great crested newts were not found to be present and are not considered to represent a constraint to development. Bat activity was dominated by common pipistrelle bats, which have been observed foraging across the site. Bat foraging and commuting opportunities will be retained within the proposed development by retaining boundary trees and hedgerows and incorporating native tree and shrub planting into landscape proposals.

    Further updated ecological surveys were conducted in 2016 and are to be submitted with the reserved matters application.

  • Our proposed development

    Development layout

    The illustrative masterplan pictured below gives an initial indication of how we think a residential development could be laid out on land to the north of Beldam Bridge Road. As well as new homes, internal roads and landscaping, our illustrative masterplan also includes a new children’s play area. This will inform the detailed layout to be submitted as part of the reserved matters application.

    Key facts:

    • Up to 85 new homes
    • Vehicular access from Beldam Bridge Road
    • A mix of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom properties
    • New equipped children’s play area
    • A proportion of affordable housing (to be agreed with Surrey Heath Borough Council).

     

    Illustrative masterplan

    Our illustrative masterplan for the proposed residential development

     

    Design considerations

    The design and character of the new homes within the proposed development have been informed by a number of important considerations, including:

    • Dialogue with Surrey Heath Borough Council and Surrey County Council, together with relevant good design practice.
    • A specific character analysis of existing buildings in the surrounding area as well as supplementary guidance including the new West End Village Design Statement, which has been undertaken to inform and guide appropriate home design.
    • Appropriate building materials – these will be selected to also reflect the local character.
    • Landscape considerations – the new homes will be located adjacent to the site boundaries to allow sufficient space for existing trees and hedgerows to be retained.
    • Neighbouring properties – new homes located adjacent to existing residential properties will respect their privacy.

    New homes
    Our proposals for the site include a mixture of house sizes to provide a balanced community, including 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom detached, semi-detached and terraced properties and apartments. The proposed new homes will be no higher than 2.5 storeys (2 storeys with rooms in the roof), and will be traditional in design and in keeping with local building styles and materials.

     

    Affordable housing
    Approximately 40% of the new homes will be provided as affordable housing. Affordable housing provision will include a mixture of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom homes to be made available for shared ownership and social rent through a local housing association.

     

    Street layout
    The proposed layout seeks to create a well-connected informal street layout with direct pedestrian routes through the development and to the neighbouring open space. These routes will be fronted by the new homes to create well-overlooked and safe public spaces. At this stage the layout shown is indicative and details will be submitted to the local highway authority for approval at a later stage.

  • Development timeline

    March 2017 - Reserved matters planning application submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council

    January 2017 – Public consultation event held ahead of reserved matters planning application. The content on this webpage will be updated during the course of the planning application following submission

    July 2016 – Duplicate outline planning application granted planning permission

    October 2015 – Duplicate outline planning application submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council

    July 2015 – Appeal lodged

    July 2015 – Outline planning application refused by Surrey Heath Borough Council

    June 2014 – Outline planning application submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council

    May 2014 – Public consultation held for outline planning application