Plans for the former airfield already included proposals to create a primary school – but now it will cater for five to 16-year-olds
07:00, 4 DEC 2015
BY REBECCA SHEPHERD
The former Wisley airfield site in Ockham Lane, Ockham
The future of Wisley Airfield took another turn this week as ambitious plans to build a school catering for five to 16-year-olds were unveiled.
Wisley Property Investments’ (WPI) contentious plans for the former airfield already included proposals to create a primary school.
With the “looming need” for new secondary school places to the north of Guildford, a scheme to extend the previous school has been added.
The four form entry secondary school element is double the size required by the Wisley Airfield proposals so WPI has said it will ‘ease the current need’ for pupils to travel to other schools outside the area.
UGCInitial designs for a town of more than 2,000 homes which could be built on the site of Wisley Airfield
Mike Murray, project director, said: “Many of the consultees we spoke to told us that there was a looming need for new secondary school places to the north of Guildford.
“We’re delighted to be able to make that happen by extending the previously proposed primary school to a school for 5-16-year-olds.
“We’ve worked hard with Surrey County Council and highly respected local education providers to bring forward a four form entry school proposal whose secondary element is double the size needed to serve the new homes at the airfield.”
The proposals also include plans to build 2,060 homes on greenbelt land – of which 800 will be affordable homes – as well as offices, shops, travellers pitches and sports facilities.
Mr Murray added: “The new through school is at the heart of our proposals for a sustainable new settlement which will deliver up to 2060 new homes, of which up to 800 will be affordable by 2031.”
“This is a significant portion of Guildford Borough Council ’s identified need of 693 new homes per year and makes the best use of the brownfield land at Wisley Airfield.
“The 2060 new homes proposed will give local people the opportunity to get onto the housing ladder for the first time as part of a new community by providing the affordable Starter Homes affordable to first time buyers.
“For many, this is a great alternative to renting and will allow them to stay within the area where they grew up.”
The other enhancements in the planning update include improvement to transport proposals, better air quality mitigation and increased investment in SANG provision.
Criticism has been widely voiced in light of the current application and has also attracted an electronic petition with more than 128,000 signatures which is against the building of the new housing site.
The signatures, some from people as far away as Brazil, Venezuela, and Texas, states it is against developers “destroying the UK’s beautiful green belt”.
Just last month, it was decided that the decision on whether the new town of more than 2,000 homes will be built on the former Wisley Airfield was postponed again , this time until the spring.