Ashtead Community Vision Site Assessment Consultation Ends - Opposition Mounts Currently, ACV are pulling together all the comments from local residents in order to amend the site assessments where necessary before submission to the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum on 17th May Once the Forum’s views have been taken into account the site assessments will be put to MVDC. Opposition to further development in Ashtead’s mounting. This is particularly true where the proposals could impact those living in the Farm Lane and south east of the village areas where developers have come forward.
Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum’s consultation to provide feedback on the assessment of 10 AVC is a cross section of Ashtead residents potential development sites around the village who volunteered over a year ago to undertake ended on 6th April with over 1,000 visitors to the neighbourhood planning work on behalf of the ACV website alone. the Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum. It now see Also, over 100 people came along to the differences emerging between their ‘views on Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall on 29th March to the potential development sites and those meet members of the Forum’s working group – actually living in the affected areas Ashtead Community Vision (ACV), local inevitable perhaps given the enhanced councillors and senior planning officials from interest local residents have in their Mole Valley District Council (MVDC). The open immediate surroundings? morning enabled them to ask questions and to ACV is continuing to encourage local residents provide feedback to ACV. In addition, a group – whether for or against any development - to representing residents in the Farm Lane area take an interest in the process. Apart from the brought their own display to voice opposition open morning, newsletter door drops and to the draft site assessments which had been website activities, Forum members, including presented to the Ashtead Forum. Forum chairman, Tony Tuley have been Many of the responses to the site assessments meeting local groups in order to encourage came via the ACV website with over 150 them to get involved. For example, Tony individual submissions and over 500 comments recently met 25 Warren residents at a special on the individual sites. meeting called to discuss the Green Belt/Site Assessment process. Such activity is meant to The site assessment process is a feature of encourage local residents to take an interest ‘neighbourhood planning’ and set against the in the process. The extent to which it is now background of increasing demand for housing exercising those who could be affected by in the south east of England. The initiative development is clearly having a positive called on developers to come forward with impact in terms of engagement. potential sites for development which are For further information either go to the website then assessed by a cross section of local at: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk or residents, before submission to the local email info@ashteadcommunity vision.org.uk. authority. The assessments will then be incorporated by Mole Valley into their Housing You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and Traveller Site Plan that should be @AshteadCV published for further comment in the last quarter of 2014. The final say as to whether John Morgan any sites could be developed lies with MVDC. ACV member 14
Issue 103, May 2014. Never underestimate the importance of community.