Moor Lane Project: Outline Planning Application 2006 – Objections!
In the outline planning application that was submitted for the project in June 2006 the following objections were raised by local residents – it makes interesting reading.
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24 letters of objection have been received including one from Moor Lane Residents’ Association. They raise the following matters:
- The rural setting of the area will be ruined.
- Wildlife/Protected Species concerns
- The road [Moor Lane] is too small. Works to improve the road would cause pollution and possible structural damage to nearby houses.
- Brookwood Farm is better suited for development.
- Infrastructure concerns – shops, water provision, police, drainage, schools and medical facilities
- Social problems arising from high density of social housing
- Little evidence of investigation of alternative brownfield sites
- Flooding concerns.
- Concern at traffic generation and its impact on road safety
- Objection to demolition of existing houses on the site
- Density and intensity of development (Note: no level of development is proposed as part of this proposal). Density should reflect the 10 dph prevailing in the area.
- Residents will be obliged to drive to facilities rather than walk.
- The site is bordered by a Conservation Area (Note: there are no Conservation Areas in the vicinity – the site is, however, bordered by the Green belt and an SNCI).
- The mix of social and private housing will be problematical.
- Loss of views of common.
- Seek assurance trees will be retained.
- Cumulative impact with development also at Westfield Tip and Woking Park.
- Local people will not benefit from the development. Local Authorities not concerned with protecting environment/identity of town.
- Could the development be phased?
- Play and recreation facilities should be provided.
- Heights, visual impact, three-storey buildings would be inappropriate (Note: no form of development is proposed at this stage)
- Impact on historic barn at Moor Lane Farm (Note: there are statutory Listed Buildings at Moor Lane Farm to the SW of the application site – any development will need to respect their setting).
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Do you think these concerns have been adequately dealt with? Was there evidence that the proposed developers were aware of all these issues? What do you think?