HRA to discuss their response to the proposed local plan – why not join them to find out more?

By | January 23, 2017

The HRA committee discussed the new local plan at its last meeting and decided to meet again during the Elmbridge local plan exhibition event on Thursday 26 January 7-9pm Civic Centre, High Street, Esher to help finalise the HRA  response.  (Whilst the Elmbridge deadline has just been extended until 24 February, we would still like to hear views from Hersham residents as soon as possible.)

Please do attend and join them – link up at the meeting by emailing

See our previous post about the local plan for more details and links to this important consultation.

Our concerns so far relate to:

  • the scale of housing required (nearly 10,000 units by 2035) and the impact on infrastructure – particularly traffic but also schools and health services
  • questions about how reasonable the targets are for Elmbridge bearing in mind that much of the green belt under consideration across the Borough is land which should have been eliminated at the outset as impossible to develop in view of its protected status, for example common land and land of special scientific interest etc
  • the future use of land either side of the Queens Road before and after Sir Richards Bridge Roundabout – this wooded area currently provides a break in what would otherwise become in the view of many of our committee – unchecked urban sprawl
  • the document examining small scale parcels of land in Hersham itself which seems to make early judgements about the use and value of the land – apparently seeming to pre-judge the wider consultation; views from Hersham residents which we can feed back to Elmbridge would be valuable.

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