Recently there has been a very lively discussion on one of the local facebook groups in Deepcut about the trees that have been chopped down. Understandably there is a huge amount of upset about that in the community.
I always knew that as the reality of the new development of 1235 new homes at Deepcut sunk in with residents that these discussions would flow and essentially that is what is happening right now. We are enduring quite disruptive road works, residents are witnessing beautiful mature trees being chopped down and the MOD training areas being fenced off where previously residents had enjoyed almost unrestricted access.
Once again I ask you not to shoot the messenger, but one of the questions I am hearing quite a lot is, why have residents not been consulted on any of this? The fact is that they have with many community information events and of course all the consultation leading up to the Hybrid Planning Application that was determined in 2013. As your elected representative I sat on that committee and voted
You can find all the details of the planning applications here: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/residents/planning/planning-policy/planning-supplementary-planning-documents/deepcut-development
Many residents in Deepcut will have received communication from the Council about the latest Reserved Matters Planning Application to have been received by the Council from Developer CALA Homes.
So what is a Reserved Matters Planning Application? This deals with:
- Appearance - aspects of a building or place which affect the way it looks, including theexterior of the development
- Means of access - covers accessibility for all routes to and within the site, as well as theway they link up to other roads and pathways outside the site
- Landscaping - the improvement or protection of the amenities of the site and the areaand the surrounding area, this could include planting trees or hedges as a screen
- Layout - includes buildings, routes and open spaces within the development and theway they are laid out in relations to buildings and spaces outside the development
- Scale - includes information on the size of the development, including the height, width and length of each proposed building
We have to remember that planning approval for the development and its infrastructure as already been granted and some of the works have already begun so we cannot stop it.
However, what we can do is have our views taken into consideration with the 'Reserved Matters'.
Last night I was at a meeting at the council and at the end of that meeting I spoke to the Executive Head of Regulatory about many of the views, concerns and confusion being expressed on local social media. She suggested we hold a meeting where we can get all your questions answered and explain exactly what part residents can play with the Reserved Matters planning application.
It would be helpful that if you think such a meeting is a good idea that you leave a comment as such on my facebook past from last night here
. That post is being monitored by the council.
Finally, I want to stress that the meeting we are proposing is not to discuss the Frimley Green Traffic Lights. That matter is already being dealt with separately.