Stand up and be counted for the future of Ashtead Infrastructure’. All the groups are interconnected; for example if land that is currently used for business was designated for housing what impact would that have on employment? Or if a large number of new homes were built in one area what impact would that have on the drains, roads or schools? There will be a number of consultations; the first is an on-line survey in April. This focuses predominately on WHAT the It’s time for people living and working in housing need is for the next 15 years, and Ashtead to take part in the first local what type of housing is required. For community survey. example will you want a 2 bedroom house, flat, retirement home or bungalow? What The Localism Act enables communities to do you think gives Ashtead its special have a greater say in the development of character - the large older houses, the their neighbourhoods. Ashtead Community common, or wide tree lined streets? Vision (ACV) has established a Forum of 40 WHERE should new developments go, and individuals who are broadly representative what about housing density etc? of the community to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). To do that For the Green Belt Boundary Review ACV need to determine attitudes to the various ACV needs to provide information and consult with the community, seeking their areas of green belt that surround Ashtead. opinions on how they would like the village Nine distinct areas have been identified; to develop in the next 15 years and create the questionnaire asks you to rate each one on its use in preventing merging, a vision for Ashtead. encroachment, and its value as a green The housing target is to build 2,260 homes amenity. There are no easy answers, but if you live or work in Ashtead ACV need your by 2026 across Mole Valley. Ashtead’s share is likely to be about 30-40 houses per opinions. To register for the newsletter and to have your say by taking part in year for the next 15 years. Many new dwellings can go on ‘Brownfield’ sites, eg the on-line survey visit the website: www.ashteadcommunityvsion.org.uk land that has previously been developed which includes back garden ‘infilling’ and On Saturday 27th April there is a drop in redevelopment, however that may not day at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. satisfy the need and therefore MVDC is conducting a Green Belt Boundary Review On display will be lots more information, (GBBR). Since Ashtead is producing its own maps, examples of developments, and NDP, it can carry out its own Green Belt people from ACV on hand to answer Boundary Review. questions and collect your views. Paper versions of the survey will be available. ACV not only has to consult with the community, it also needs to inform Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email: everyone about the issues and look at the firstname.lastname@example.org impact of development. It has three sub Find us on Face book Ashtead Community groups ‘Housing’, ‘Business & Economy’ Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV and ‘Transport, Environment and 18
Issue 90, October 2012. Never underestimate the importance of community.