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Woking objects to plans for 1,000 homes at Fairoaks

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Published by Local Democracy Reporter Rebecca Curley at 7:01am 20th January 2019. (Updated at 12:37pm 21st January 2019)

Woking councillors have united to raise cross-party objections to the 1,000 home development plans for Fairoaks Airport.

They stressed that they are "not satisfied" with leaving it in the hands of neighbouring Surrey Heath and Runnymede councils.

Members of Woking Borough Council planning committee said they had concerns with how the major build, which includes a primary school, will impact their roads, senior schools and railway station.

Going against officer recommendation to say they would be "satisfied" if the neighbouring councils were satisfied, councillors unanimously voted to submit objection to the proposal.

The 156 hectare site in Chobham borders Woking and will impact the A320 and the A319.

Hundreds of letters of objections have been submitted against the proposal to create a "Garden Village".

Speaking at the planning committee meeting ealier this week, chairman Councillor Graham Cundy (Conservative) said the objection was because the proposal "did not demonstrate it would not have a detrimental impact on infrastructure and key facilities within the borough".

He said he was "...not happy with just leaving it in the hands of Runnymede and Surrey Heath."

Councillors listed their concerns, with many agreeing the borough could not cope with the 1,000 families moving into the area.

Referring to a plan of the site outlining the area, Conservative Cllr Simon Ashall called it "Surrey's latest rabid rat run".

He said: "We will get no benefit from the housing that is going to be put on here. We will feel the effects in the town centre and in traffic implications. Surrey Heath has managed to put this well away from its own infrastructure."

Cllr Louise Morales (Lib Dem) said if they were going to use green belt land there would need to be assurances that new housing would be sustainable and the population would be big enough to support a decent bus service.

Cllr Tahir Aziz (Labour) said it would affect Woking the most and the people living in Chobham but who shop in the town. He said there was "no more capacity" on the A320.

Cllr Amanda Boote (Independent) said Woking railway station could also not cope as that was also "at capacity" and there was no room to increase it.

The comments will now be fed back to Surrey Heath and Runnymede.

We asked both Surrey Heath and Runnymede Councils for their response.

A Surrey Heath Borough Council spokesperson said:

“We are awaiting the formal notification of this objection from Woking BC, and it will be taken into account when the planning application is considered.”

Runnymede Council have not yet commented.

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