Surrey County Council has regarded the Three Farm Meadows site as a “core area for waste development”
Artist impression of plans which have been formally submitted for 2,100 homes at Wisley Airfield
Surrey County Council has objected to plans to build thousands of homes at the former Wisley Airfield, as it wants to use the land as a waste site.
The Three Farm Meadows site has been earmarked for a new town with 2,068 homes, a school, shops, offices and traveller pitches by applicants Wisley Property Investments Ltd.
Commenting on the plans as the minerals and waste planning authority, Surrey County Council has objected to the new settlement, which is a site allocated in the Surrey Waste Plan 2008.
The site was the subject of planning permission in 2012 for a composting facility.
“We have previously discussed the proposal with the applicant with a view to seeking to resolve our objection on the grounds of minerals and waste safeguarding,” wrote Paul Sanderson, minerals and waste policy team manager at the county council, in a letter of objection to the housing plans.
“However, it seems clear that an alternative residential use on this site will undermine the deliverability of a waste use and we have come to the view that, should a new settlement be approved, then this will, in all likelihood, eliminate the possibility of a strategic waste use coming forward.
“In other words, a consequence of approving this application would be the loss of an allocated strategic waste site in the development plan and this should be weighed in the balance in the decision making process.”
The county council said approximately 17 hectares of the application site is allocated for waste development, and that the central five hectares is regarded as the ‘core area for waste development.’
The letter states: “In view of the ongoing need for additional waste management and alternative aggregate production capacity in Surrey, the proposal would prejudice the successful implementation of the SWP (Surrey Waste Plan) and ARJDPD (Aggregates Recycling Joint Development Plan Document 2013) by reducing land availability for such uses and limiting flexibility to make adequate provision.”