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Developer’s Last Online Consultation on Wisley Airfield Hits Bumps

Published on: 10 May, 2021
Updated on: 10 May, 2021

Aerial photograph of the former Wisley Airfield site.

Taylor Wimpey’s announcement of two Zoom webinars in the third and final chapter of its online community consultation on plans for the former Wisley Airfield is being challenged.

TW project manager Antonis Pazourou is inviting local residents to another online Q&A to find out more about the proposals for the site, based, he said, on community feedback from the first and second webinars.

“The comments we have collected from the local community throughout the chapters of engagement have been, invaluable in shaping the proposals,” he added.

But a statement from the Wisley Action Group (WAG) said: “They confirm 150 questions were asked in the first and 80 in the second, but there is no mention of how many were the subject of a satisfactory answer or, indeed, any meaningful answer at all. Some questions are simply brushed off with a ‘We are working on it’ response.

“This so-called consultation programme continues to be little more than a cosmetic veneer of PR flim-flam with the implied suggestion that planning consent is a ‘done deal’. It most certainly isn’t.

“Mr Pazourou still fails to explain how his proposals would override 13 of the 14 reasons why a similar scheme was rejected on appeal by the Secretary of State. And he’s yet to demonstrate how removing the nesting skylarks adds up to ‘environmental enhancement’.

“Can anyone believe a genuine process of community liaison is taking place?

“The SoS, in dismissing an appeal by the former owners of the land, referred to the lack of transport infrastructure as a ‘fatal flaw’ in the scheme, adding that a settlement of this nature would inevitably cause substantial harm to the character and appearance of a rural area.

“Fundamental questions about roads and supporting infrastructure have emerged more recently, suggesting that a TW press release focusing on how these questions would be answered might be more appropriate than the continued cosmetics of webinars.”

Cllr Colin Cross

And R4GV’s Lovelace borough Cllr Colin Cross, the new county councillor for The Horsleys, said: “I hope they will use the opportunity to show they have listened carefully to local residents and parish councils.

“A fundamental problem lies in the lack of any significant off-site infrastructure improvements which are vital to the local neighbourhood if the additional 4,000-plus cars from the site are to be catered for.

“The changes to Ockham roundabout and the Wisley Lane bridge over the A3 that joins it, pose many more questions than answers, so far.”

The Taylor Wimpey webinars are set for Wednesday, May 19 between 6pm and 8pm and on Saturday, May 22, between 10am and 12pm.

More information is available at www.wisleyairfield.com/engagement and anyone hoping to join or review previous chapters of engagement should click the link on the website to register.

The webinars will be published on the website and links to the recording will also be available on request by emailing consultation@wisleyairfield.com.

For further information contact formerwisleyairfield@cratus.co.uk or 07735 136371.

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test 4 Responses to Developer’s Last Online Consultation on Wisley Airfield Hits Bumps

  1. Ben Paton Reply

    May 11, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Just like the Local Plan this is all expensive window dressing from highly paid consultants who don’t care a jot about the local community.

  2. Jeremy Instone Reply

    May 11, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Looks like a shocking idea – where will all the cars going south in the morning and north in the evening go? Through Ripley?

    On day on, having sat in the queue to get to the A3 / M25 junction and come back, they certainly won’t be doing that again.

    Any traffic heading east will jam the roads in all the small local villages. I didn’t think Guildford and neighbouring areas were off-plan for house building requirements? In Woking developers are shouting about housing crisis but a FOI request demonstrates that Woking is bang on target to meet their 2027 requirement.

    I wonder what the effect is on pollution as everyone that far out will have at least one car, possible two.

  3. Annie Cross Reply

    May 14, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    The “mitigation” proposed for traffic travelling south from the airfield to travel to Burnt Common and use the proposed new southbound on/off slip roads to the A3. This means driving through Ripley High Street.

    Can someone please explain to me, and everyone else, how this is considered “mitigation” for Ripley? Or am I just a thicko who just “doesn’t understand the benefits” of this proposal?

  4. Andrew Malcher Reply

    May 17, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    None of the feeder roads in the vicinity are capable of more traffic as they are already saturated by SUV’s, blocking the road whenever they meet.

    The design of proposed enhancements to the M25/A3 junction took no account of this development. The location has air pollution in excess of WHO guidelines already. The location is not sustainable and is completely car-dependent.

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