The land in which 2,100 homes could be built on is protected land, part of a designated protection area for heathland breeding birds
Posted 15:55, 28 April 2015 By Jennifer Morris
The man fronting proposals to build more than 2,000 homes at the old Wisley Airfield site said he was “disappointed” after Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) objected to the plans.
An application to build 2,100 homes on and around the airfield in Ockham, along with a primary school, nursery, health facility and shops, was submitted to Guildford Borough Council in December by Wisley Property Investments (WPI).
It has so far attracted more than 1,500 objections, one of which is from SWT, which manages land nearby.
“The trust believes that the proposed development will have an unacceptable impact on the biodiversity on this highly sensitive area, which cannot be mitigated for despite the strategy outlined in the applicant’s environmental statement,” wrote Mike Waite, living landscapes manager.
“This comes down largely to the proposed scale of the development at 2,100 houses, including its location and internal layout.”
Mr Waite highlighted that to the immediate north of the application site is Ockham Common and Chatley Heath, the majority of which is statutorily protected land within the Ockham and Wisley Commons Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), part of a designated protection area for three heathland breeding birds.
Mr Waite continued: “Much of the land south of the SSSI, including a large area within the application site, has been selected and adopted by yourselves, Guildford Borough Council, as non-statutory Sites of Nature Conservation Importance for protection through planning policy.”
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