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The Kiln Lane Appeal has been dismissed! The decision was released just this week (29th April) and is mainly based upon damage to the Green Belt. This is excellent news and another small victory for everyone involved and for everyone who wrote in. We really appreciate all the support we are getting. (Don’t forget you can ‘Like’ us on Facebook if you want to get all the latest news.)

TANNERS MEADOW

The appeal for the Tanners Meadow application is on Wednesday 7th May at the Pippbrook Offices in Dorking. It would be great if you could make it.

A complete change of drainage plans at this late stage should not form part of the current appeal process. Instead, it should form part of a new planning application. The changes are not ‘minor ones’ but significant. The planning inspector should be asked to judge them as inadmissible.

Were you aware of consultation on the new drainage plans. Have the plans been adequately explained? Has there been democratic dialogue and debate, not to mention a chance for expert views to be given?

The fact that the developers feel that they have to make such substantial changes suggests that they realise their original drainage strategy was inadequate. If so, the Planning Committee were right to reject it in June 2013.

All the water entering the site (including Boxhill Way/Ridge Close) + run-off from the countryside + all the rainfall + the run-off from the 30 proposed houses on site, will ALL BE EITHER PIPED OUT OR TRANSPORTED THROUGH SIGNIFICANTLY ENLARGED ON SITE DRAINAGE DITCHES DIRECTLY INTO THE TANNERS BROOK.

Why is it necessary to add a third pond + emergency pumping station + enlarged ditches? Does this sound like a site that should be built on? The water has to go somewhere. It certainly won’t be staying on site.

·         Please give examples of surface water flooding (including in past years) in your area of the village and the impact it has had on you, or examples of blocked or collapsed ditches, drains, culverts etc.

·         Anything about the Tanners Brook and flooding on Old School Lane (including in past years).

·         The vulnerability to flooding of existing residential properties.

·         Whether or not you think the amended drainage proposals increase or decrease the risk of flooding.

————————————————————————————————————————————-PLEASE RESPOND BY EMAIL TO:  peter.kozak@pins.gsi.gov.uk  or BY WRITING (3 copies required) to: Peter Kozak

The Planning Inspectorate

Room 3/26 Hawk Wing

Temple Quay House

2 The Square

Temple Quay

Bristol  BS1 6PN

Remember to quote the following references MO/2013/0055 APP/C3620/A/13/2206125 and your name and address (duplicate letters will be discounted).

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Tanners Meadow Action Group Contacts (for any queries)   (PLAN IS ON DISPLAY BY FIELD GATE)

 

01737 844032 lizknightok2@yahoo.co.uk,

01737 843874 jwashtell@aol.com

mauricehomewood@btinternet.com

tmagactiongroup@gmail.com. https://www.facebook.comhttp://www.brockhamhousing.co.uk/

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PROTECT BROCKHAM FROM PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS –
ACT UPON THIS INFORMATION TODAY

Mole Valley Council has proposed several Green Belt sites in Brockham for housing development, risking destruction of the rural character of our village, overloading our already busy roads, school and doctors surgery and putting our houses at increased flood risk.

The consultation period end soon. It is vitally important that we all lodge our objections with the Council by Thursday March 6th 2014.

Below is how to comment and ideas of areas you may want to comment on.

BR14 – Land east of Wheelers Lane
BR07 – Land at Wheelers Lane, south of Oakdene Road
BR03 – Land at The Steading, on Wheelers Lane

Up to 87 houses are proposed across these sites.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SITES:

We can make a difference: if the residents of Brockham make their case there is a chance that NONE will be chosen.

Please go onto the Mole Valley website at http://www.molevalley.gov.uk , click on Housing and Traveller Sites Plan and follow instructions to make your comments. They will need to be made for each individual site separately.

You can alternatively write to Mole Valley Council at Pippbrook, Dorking RH4 1SJ. Please contact any of the people below if you’d like to discuss these plans further with a resident, or would like help on making your comments online. You can also speak to one of the planning officers at Mole Valley on 01306 879281.

Key points against development of all the sites:

Flooding risk

The recent flooding in Oakdene Road and Middle Street was caused by the overflowing of a culvert which runs from BR14, along the side of BR07, under Wheelers Lane, through the Mardle property and across BR03 to Oakdene Road into the culvert which emerges on Middle Street, flowing under the road past the Cricket Pavilion and into the river Mole. Any development on this land will increase this flooding risk. This is not a rare event – although Christmas Eve was the first time for some years that the water entered houses, the fields at BR14 and BR07 are flooded several times every year. Despite developers claiming they can compensate for the increased risk by using impervious foundation, silos etc, all investigations conclude that the best way to combat flooding is to preserve large areas of open green field so they absorb water and avoid building that increases the surface water flooding.

Highways / Village Infrastructure

There is no footpath along the southern part of Wheelers Lane, and no capacity to build one. Wheelers Lane is narrow with many of its residents needing to park their cars on the road, turning it into a one-lane road for much of the northern section of the lane. Another potential 150+ cars using the lane daily would create enormous traffic issues, and reduce our children’s safety. The school and doctors are already oversubscribed – there is no potential to increase capacity to accommodate up to another 87 families.

Rural Character

The sites are detached from the boundary of the village, which runs along the rear of the houses on Oakdene Close. This amendment of the Green Belt boundary to incorporate these sites into the built up area is not a logical extension to the village, and sets a precedent for more development into the village’s rural parts, destroying its unique and precious character. The sites are adjacent to a number of listed buildings which enhance the southern approach into the village, whose rural character would be irrevocably damaged by suburban spread along Wheelers Lane.

Key Points relevant to individual sites:

BR14 – Land east of Wheelers Lane

Access: The proposed access to this site is up a narrow lane. There is no possibility to widen it to a two-lane road. Alternative access is proposed through Oakdene Close, which poses a number of major issues, not least destroying the safe character of a village cul-de-sac by turning it into an access road to a 50-house estate.

Encroachment into Green Belt:

The site makes a significant contribution to safeguarding the countryside from encroachment. Development would extend the village into open countryside to the east of the village. The site is surrounded on two sides by footpaths, used by hundreds of walkers a day travelling from Brockham to Betchworth via the Chimney Pots. Development of this site would be clearly visible from that path and the fields above to the huge detriment of this area of significant natural beauty.

BR07 – Land at Wheelers Lane, south of Oakdene Road

Encroachment into Green Belt:
This land plays a crucial role in preserving the boundary of the village and maintaining the rural character of Brockham. BR07 also ensures that the separation between Brockham and Strood Green is not prejudiced – if this site were developed, it would set a precedent for building on the village’s Green Belt land, and make it more difficult to protect the additional areas between Wheelers Lane and Middle Street from housing developments. Next to go could be the allotments adjacent to Oakdene Road.

BR03 – Land at The Steading, on Wheelers Lane

Encroachment into Green Belt:
This land is Green Belt, and plays a role in protecting the Green Belt boundary of the village. An amendment to the Green Belt boundary to incorporate this site into the built up area would also require the inclusion of Tumbledown Farm and adjoining buildings to the north, which is not a logical extension to the village, and may set a precedent for future erosion of the village’s Green Belt boundary.

Poster-V1

New posters are being distributed in Brockham to promote resistance to large-scale building projects on green belt land.

Local resident Roger Abbott says, “We are under attack from developers who can muster powerful forces, but we have proved that the Village can stand up to them. There are two sites in Brockham that have been the subject of major planning applications and so far, these have been turned down. But the developers are not going away. For the Kiln Lane site, after an appeal was turned down by a Government inspector, the developer has now a third planning application and it seems highly likely that either an appeal or revised application will be made in respect of Tanners Meadow. We know of at least two other sites in the village where plans have been drawn up for significant numbers of houses.

Peter Shakeshaft of the Brockham Village Society agrees: “These proposed developments are significant in size to alter our village life and certainly not suitable generally in the green belt. We need much smaller developments of up to 6 or 7 small houses that will blend into our rural environment. Some of these should be reserved for long term members of our community who would otherwise be forced to move away.”

“The District Council’s resources are being squandered by developers who continually pelter the system for their own gains and something has to be done. The developers of the Kiln Lane site is such an example. Even after a Government Planning Inspector has made it very clear in his report that this is a very important piece of Green Belt Land and that no planning application should be considered until at least the current Green Belt Review has been completed; the developers immediately resubmitted. The Councillors must legislate against this and put a stop to wasting OUR money!”

Roger continued: “If we give in to the pressure, the damage to our environment will be irreparable and we must remember that a considerable part of our local economy is dependent upon visitors who come to enjoy the countryside and the outstanding natural beauty.”

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