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News Bulletin – 4th September 2015

Ash Residents Association thought you might like an update from the Planning Committee meeting of 2nd September, on the two Planning Applications that were deferred form the last Planning Meeting, pending site visits.

Planning Application 14/P/01154. Land at Foreman Road, Ash
55 Dwellings

After hearing comments from some of the Councillors who attended the site visit, Councillor Paul Spooner then presented his concerns over this Application. He raised the issue of housing density for this site and also the safety of children, when their proposed playground is adjacent to the Ash level crossing. Another major concern is parking in Foreman Road, which has not been mitigated even though Surrey County Council are making some efforts to reduce the parking opposite the proposed entrance to the site.

The final decision taken by the Planning Committee was to refuse this Application.

If the applicant were to make several amendments to the proposal it is possible that an amended application would be considered.

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Planning Application 15/P/00293. Land at Minley Nursery, Spoil Lane, Tongham
55 Dwellings

Once again after hearing comments from some of the Councillors who attended the site visit, Councillor Spooner presented his concerns over this Application. He raised issues regarding the density of the housing, and expressed his feelings over what he called the “creeping urbanisation of Ash & Tongham". He pointed out the major issues with access to this proposed site, in that it would involve the destruction of an ancient byway. Finally Councillor Spooner said that the Governments National Planning Policy Framework states that "approval should not be given to an Application on areas known to flood"……and this certainly falls into that category.

The final decision taken by the Planning Committee was to overwhelmingly refuse the Application.

The developers can, of course, appeal against this decision.

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