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Around 1500 homes planned for new Runnymede 'garden village'

Around 1500 homes planned for new Runnymede 'garden village'

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:24pm 5th January 2017. (Updated at 10:00am 6th January 2017)

Around 1500 new homes are being planned in a new garden village in Runnymede.

It's under a government initiative and 'Longcross' near Virginia Water could be part of the emerging Runnymede Local Plan.

A draft masterplan, proposed by the developer, also looks at a new primary school, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Runnymede Borough Council says the government backing brings access to part of a £6 million fund over the next two financial years to support the delivery of the new opportunity.

So what is a garden village? The government describes them as 'new communities with a clear and distinct sense of identity, that have garden city principles embedded in their design and vision'.

But not everyone's happy.

Nigel Moss is chairman of the Wentworth Residents Association and doesn't think the area's infrastructure is sufficient enough.

He tells Eagle: "It's not got the infrastructure and it will have a huge impact on Virginia Water, whose infrastructure is already stressed.

"There's a sense of complete exasperation, businesses are going to the wall, residents are massively inconvenienced.

"The so-called 'Garden Village' development at Longcross is bisected by one of Britain's busiest and most polluted motorways, the M3. 

"Runnymede Council has pillaged Virginia Water's assets by, for example, selling a vital car park by the rail station for further residential development.

"The direct consequence has been a massive shortage of parking.

"We understand the need for new development but have no faith in the Council's commitment to provide sufficient infrastructure based on bitter experience.

"We urge Runnymede Council to engage seriously with its constituents, who are utterly exasperated by the woeful lack of joined up thinking." 

Nigel Moss

(Nigel Moss)

Meanwhile the Leader of Runnymede Borough Council, Cllr Peter Waddell, says: “Runnymede is happy that the Government is backing the opportunity at Longcross.

"We have long expressed our support for this development as part of our preferred approach to help meet the growing needs of the Borough for jobs and homes.

“We look forward to working with Government, our partners, the developers, and most importantly our local communities to ensure Longcross can be progressed in our Local Plan as a sustainable, attractive and well-designed village with all the necessary infrastructure to meet its needs and contribute to Runnymede and the surrounding area.”

For more information head to the Runnymede Borough Council website.


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