The proposed development site is circa 7ha and is situated to the north of Green Lane, Chertsey adjacent to the southern side of the M25. It is a site that has been allocated in the adopted Runnymede Local Plan for 175 dwellings along with 5 gypsy and traveller pitches and land for a community hub building. Having surveyed the site and considering its constraints in more detail, we believe that it can sensibly accommodate 149 high-quality new homes including 35% affordable housing. The reduced number of homes ensures the development can sit comfortably within landscape whist providing all land uses required by the allocation and retaining the public rights of way and boundary trees. The only vehicle access into the site will be from Green Lane. New pedestrian links will also be created, connecting into the existing public rights of way network. A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) is proposed on the site to ensure water flows on site provide both discharge and water quality benefits.
The proposed layout of the scheme provides for a robust and sustainable development to fit in with the surrounding area. It provides a wide mix of homes, made up of 2, 3 and 4 bed houses as well as 1 and 2 bed apartments. We are aiming to provide 5% of the dwellings as wheelchair accessible.
We envisage the scheme having three distinct character areas taking cues from the surrounding built environment.
The Village Approach
The Village Approach is made from a mix of two, two and a half and three storey homes that create an attractive entrance to the development from the main access road off Green Lane.
The existing landscape features in The Greensward such as existing tree planting and existing Public Rights of Way will be retained, resulting in a pleasant and well-designed outlook onto Green Lane. The Greensward is reflective of the style of homes close to the site on the western boundary to assimilate the development into area.
Homes in The Village will be designed at a lower density than the other character areas to create an open green boundary to the north of the site. The homes in this area will be a mix of two, two and a half and three storeys and will be predominantly semi-detached homes. The north of the site includes the travellers pitch.
Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG)
We will be submitting a separate planning application to provide a new SANG at Hardwick Lane. This will be an attractive, natural environment which will be made available to the public in perpetuity to take pressure off the Thames Heath Basin Special Protection Area.
Alongside this we will be providing 20 car parking spaces for those wishing to access the SANG.
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The Environment Agency’s online flood map shows that the Site is located mainly in Flood Zone 1. A small area at the south-east corner of the site lies in Flood Zone 2 and 3. A site-specific model was built to provide a more accurate representation of the Flood Zones and impact on Climate Change. We therefore feel that the proposed development will be located outside the 100 year + 35% Climate Change Scenario to ensure that it remains safe.
A Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SuDS) is proposed on the site to ensure water flows on site provide both discharge and water quality benefits.
The traffic impacts of the scheme will be modest, generating approximately 90 vehicle trips in peak hours. Some of these movements will be towards the A320 which is a congested network, although funding has been secured (£45m) to deliver significant improvements to the A320 corridor and J11 of the M25 which will resolve existing issues and provide the necessary capacity for sites that have been allocated within the local plan.
Surrey County Council will have completed the ongoing design works by 2024. As a result of the development coming forward, a substantial financial contribution will be made to the delivery of these improvements to provide the capacity needed to accommodate the site traffic.