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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s proposed development sites being assessed Site assessments of potential development land are being undertaken over the next month by members of Ashtead Community Vision (ACV) in conjunction with MVDC’s planning department

built environment and heritage of the village. A more modern take on potential development will be how proposals for development contribute towards green infrastructure provision. For example, what added value might a development make in terms of, say, pathways or green areas which could be created within any development?

The move is part of Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum’s role in identifying land locally which might be used to help meet the requirements of the existing community and help the local authority to meet its housing target.

ACV will also be talking to local landowners to get their views on development before the assessment work is completed. The Forum will consider the assessments at its next meeting and then they will be made public for a consultation period. The results of the consultation will be reflected in the final assessments before they are sent to MVDC for their consideration. We will, of course, keep you posted as far as progress is concerned.

ACV has divided up into three groups who are working over the next month or so to assess those parcels of land which have been put forward by landowners for potential development. As with the Green Belt Boundary Review each site has to be considered by the ACV groups from a variety of perspectives. There are about a dozen criteria and fifteen sustainability objectives that each group has to focus upon starting with the most basic question - ‘’what is the land to be used for?’ They also have to establish the exact size and position of each plot. Some of the criteria relate to travel issues and others to issues such as distances to local facilities.

Further information on the sites being considered will be put onto the ACV website. And should anyone be seeking to develop land in Ashtead then please do contact ACV via the website or MVDC’s planning department. Sign up for the Newsletter on the website: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk

One of the key issues for any new development will be the nature conservation and biodiversity issues. Thankfully, ACV has some world experts within its ranks so that’s less of an issue in terms of real expertise being bought to bear on behalf of the Ashtead community to these often complex issues. But the assessments have to go beyond the botanical, biological and zoological aspects of each site and also consider then from geographical and historical perspectives in order to assess the landscape character of each site. This includes taking into account the quality of agricultural land involved as depending on its grade - its potential loss could be relevant.

Contact: Andy Ellis 07530 373975 email:info@ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk Find us on Face book Ashtead Community Vision, and Twitter @AshteadCV John Morgan ACV Member

ACV also has to take into account any issues that future development might generate on the 12

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Issue 99, January 2014. Never underestimate the importance of community.

Ashtead & leatherhead January 2014  

Issue 99, January 2014. Never underestimate the importance of community.