Conservationists have called for a fresh campaign against revised plans to build more than 2,000 homes on a disused airfield and meadows on the edge of Cobham
Three meadows: This area could see thousands of homes built
Conservationists have called for a fresh campaign against revised plans to build more than 2,000 homes on a disused airfield and meadows on the edge of Cobham.
From February:Campaigners united against plans for 2,100 greenbelt homes near Cobham
The Cobham Green Belt Group has urged people who objected to a previous scheme to write to Guildford Council to stop developers building up to 2,068 homes on the land at the Three meadows and Wisley Airfield site in Hatch Lane, Ockham, part of a stretch of green belt land.
The site sits just off of the A3, just metres away from Cobham’s borders in Old Lane and would take up an area around half the size of Cobham.
Plans by developer Wisley Property Investments could also see a primary and secondary schools built, along with community and nursery provision, a doctor’s surgery, a shopping centre, eight traveller pitches and a floodlit sports pitch with pavilion.
From March: Unanimous opposition to Wisley Airfield greenbelt plans
The former wartime airfield would be demolished as part of the plans.
Now, because the proposal has been changed, more than 1,700 on Guildford Council’s website will no longer be valid, and those against the scheme will have to resubmit their complaints.
Sir Gerry Acher, (pictured) chairman of the Cobham Green Belt Group and the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust, said: “I just find the whole thing quite extraordinary.
“You can’t just dump a village of 2,000 dwellings with around 4,000 vehicles where there’s no infrastructure in terms of trains, buses or cars.
“I know there is a need for housing but having said that, does it make sense to plonk 2,000 homes where there’s no support?”
He argued that the application has only been amended, therefore comments should be carried forward.
“If they think they can wear us down they won’t. We’re going to have this hanging over our heads for a few years.”
Wisley Property Investments project manager Mike Murray said that the development would include up to 800 affordable homes.
He said: “Wisley Airfield can provide a really significant proportion of the new homes Guildford needs over the next 15 years.
“Using the biggest brownfield site in the Guildford green belt area we can create a new community with a primary and secondary school, medical facility, shops, public transport, sports facilities and playing field and parkland area bigger than Stoke Park.”
A telephone survey undertaken by a marketing agency hired by Wisley Property Investments found that 46 per cent of 1,002 people surveyed supported proposals for the development, with 30 per cent opposed.
But objectors say narrow country lanes near the proposed development would be forced to take on a huge amount of pressure from traffic.