Plans submitted for 1,800-home Surrey 'village' plans

A slimmed down version of a large-scale housing proposal that was refused planning permission in 2009 has been submitted to a Surrey local authority.

Dunsfold Aerodrome: fresh housing plans submitted (pic John McLinden via Flickr)
Dunsfold Aerodrome: fresh housing plans submitted (pic John McLinden via Flickr)

Developer Dunsfold Park has submitted plans to Waverley Borough Council for 1,800 homes and other facilities at Dunsfold Aerodrome near Cranleigh. 

The move comes more than seven years after the council refused permission for a 2,600-home scheme on the site, a decision upheld by the then communities secretary of the time John Denham in 2009.

Denham cited an unacceptable impact on the local road network as well as pre-emption of consideration of alternative sites through the local development framework.

But the developer said housing need in the area had doubled since 2009, leading it to resubmit plans.

"Waverley needs to provide much more housing than previously thought, and is heavily constricted as 80 per cent of the borough is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 61 per cent is in the green belt," Dunsfold Park said in a statement.

The developer added that traffic growth assumptions made in 2008 had proved to be overestimates, and that it would deliver a comprehensive package of transport improvements with the new scheme.

It said its vision was to deliver a "new Surrey village", with homes being accompanied by employment space and facilities including a school, a health centre and a country park.

A spokesman for Dunsfold Park said: ''Dunsfold Aerodrome offers an opportunity to help meet the borough's housing needs in a way that helps all Waverley residents.

"The proposals would provide homes for young families currently priced out of the area, direct development away from green fields, new jobs and a range of new community facilities and infrastructure improvements."

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