Major Planning Applications

As at January 2016, in East Horsley and neighbouring Parishes, there are several major planning applications before Guildford Borough Council (GBC) and Surrey County Council (SCC). Although the out of Parish applications are not put before the East Horsley Parish Planning Committee for consultation, the village and Parish Council has the opportunity to put its views to the Borough and County Councils.

Please contact the Parish Clerk if you require more information.

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Wisley Airfield development Application 15/P/00012 

See dedicated page for details of Parish Council's approach. Click here

Outline planning permission for the phased development of a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings incorporating up to 100 sheltered accommodation units and associated infrastructure including accesses onto the A3 (Ockham Interchange), Ockham Lane and Old Lane and revised access to Elm Corner, a primary/secondary school, community provision, nursery provision, health facility, a local centre (incorporating food & drink, retail, a visitor centre and offices), employment area, 8 travellers pitches, sports and recreational facilities (incorporating a floodlit sports pitch and pavilion). Sustainable Drainage Systems and an area of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) incorporating a landform feature and car parking. The erection of associated utilities infrastructure. The development proposal to incorporate the demolition/ removal of the runway and VOR Beacon (and any associated outbuildings). Matter for determination is access (with matters of scale, appearance, landscaping and layout reserved). Land at Wisley Airfield, Hatch Lane, Ockham, GU23 6NU

Planning application refused at GBC Planning Meeting 6 April 2016 and the developers have submitted an Appeal to the Secretary of State ref APP/Y3615/W/16/3159894.

Appeal inquiry due date 19 September 2017 to be held at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

East and West Horsley have joined together to submit a Statement of Case. Click here to view.

View details of Appeal at planninginspectorate.gov.uk

GBC Planning Portal: click here

Wisley Action Group (WAG): click here

Latest Application considered EHPC Planning Meeting 1 February 2016 see Minutes click here

EHPC Letter to GBC 18 March 2015 click here

EHPC Letter to GBC 16 February 2016 click here

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Newlands Corner SCC Application to develop site as Visitor Centre including six play areas

Surrey County Council has applied to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol for permission to place six large, artificial play structures on common land at Newlands Corner.  Details of the application and how to make a representation are on the Save Newlands Corner website including access to documents.

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Howard of Effingham School/Berkeley Homes Planning Appeal – PUBLIC INQUIRY CLOSED

The three-week Public Inquiry into the appeal by Berkeley Homes and The Howard Partnership Trust against refusal of planning application 14/P/02109 closed on Friday 2 June. The application was to rebuild the Howard of Effingham School on Effingham Lodge Farm, paid for by enabling development of 295 new homes, all to be built on Green Belt land. By 1 September, the Inspector will report to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who will make the final decision whether to allow or dismiss the appeal.

Effingham Parish Council instructed barrister Mr Scott Stemp and was  a full party to the Inquiry, supporting the Borough Council's refusal of the application. Read the Parish Council's evidence to the Inquiry and Scott Stemp's closing submission on the  Appeal page.

The Parish Council's Press Release issued at the end of the Inquiry is available here 

Background to Howard of Effingham School/Berkeley Homes Planning Application 14/P/02109 

GBC Planning Portal: click here

Effingham Parish Council: click here

East Horsley Parish Council letter of objection to GBC 6 Jan 2015: click here

GBC Planning Refusal

The planning application (14/P/02109) from Berkeley Homes to rebuild the Howard of Effingham School on Effingham Lodge Farm, paid for by enabling development of 295 new homes, was refused at Guildford Borough Council's Planning Committee meeting on 9 March 2016. Reasons for refusal included:

  • Inappropriate development in the Green Belt, with an insufficent case for very special circumstances, and effectively merging Effingham with Little Bookham
  • Damage to the rural character of Effingham village, to the Conservation Area and to the setting of Listed buildings
  • No provision of affordable housing
  • Possibility of a severe impact on local highways

You can access the Effingham Parish Council's research data presented at the 9 Dec meeting hereThe Parish Council's objection to the planning application can be viewed here and the relevant appendices can be viewed here.

Preliminary Comments and HoE Liaison Group  

The Parish Council chaired a Liaison Group to discuss issues and proposals regarding the proposed joint venture between Berkeley Homes and the Howard of Effingham School, before the planning application was submitted by Berkeley Homes to Guildford Borough Council. These discussions were Without Prejudice, meaning that all discussions which took place were separate from any Parish Council assessment of future planning applications and would have no impact on the decision of the Parish Council regarding an application. Representatives from GBC Planning Department attended all meetings and all minutes of those meetings are publicly available.

Please click here to view the minutes from the first HoE Liaison Group meeting at 3 June 2014, here for the minutes at 20 June 2014 and here for the minutes at 16 July 2014.

Please click here to view preliminary comments which were sent by the Parish Council to Guildford Borough Council, Without Prejudice, on housing provision, design requirements and Section 106 contributions.

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The Drift Golf Club Application

SCC Ref 2014/0150 GBC Ref 14/P/01718

Revised as at July 2016 Proposal:  The importation, deposit and engineering of 54,878m³ (some 87,805 tonnes) of inert waste materials on 3.45ha of land within the existing golf course facility so as to remodel the existing practice ground outfield and to construct a new 11,000m³ irrigation storage lake as part of a strategy to provide sustainable rainwater harvesting scheme; create a new outdoor short game practice and teaching facility including a putting and chipping green; provide a new 769m² building with 30 covered practice bays and associated storage, ablution, lavatory, teaching and administrative facilities for the benefit of the general public, schools, the junior academy and club members; with associated ecological improvements over a period of 9 months and involving some 6,097 HGV trips or 12,194 HGV movements (based on a conversion rate of 13m³ (9m³ compacted) per 20 tonne HGV) on a one way circular route at a maximum of 33 HGV trips (66 HGV movements) per day, with temporary passing bays and traffic management measures along The Drift.

Approved at SCC Planning & Regulatory Committe 7 December 2016

To view updated information go to the SCC Planning Portal and download the relevant documents.

SCC Contact Centre 03456 009 009 

GBC Planning Portal: click here (Please note the GBC public consultation period has ended)

GBC Decision notice of objection: click here

David Roberts' letter of objection 20 August 2016 click here

East Horsley Parish Council letters of objection to SCC:

28 Oct 2014 click here; 1 September 2015 click here; 14 January 2016 click here

Ockham Parish Council letter of objection to GBC 9 Oct 2014 click here; January 2016 click here

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Thatchers Hotel Planning Applications 15/P/02354

Part full, part outline application for the substansive demolition of the hotel buildings and change of use of the retained parts from hotel use (C1) to residential use (C3) (full application) and the erection of dwellings (outline application) to provide a total of up to 49 new dwellings. Ramada Jarvis Hotel (Thatchers), Guildford Road, East Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6TB

Appeal refused 20 December 2016

Click here to view the Appeal Decision

GBC Planning Portal: click here

Application considered at EHPC Planning Meeting of 4 January 2016 to see Minutes click here

EHPC Letter of Objection to Inspectorate 7 November 2016 click here 

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West Horsley Place Opera House Planning Application 16/P/00019

Erection of a new opera house (Class D2) to be used for up to 30 performances a year, with ancillary yard and access arrangements, seasonal use of field for car parking, seasonal ancillary structures in the gardens and associated landscaping. Demolition of two existing sheds and yard space and site restoration and landscaping works. Creation of new openings in the walled gardens. Seasonal use of the house for restaurant dining (Class A3). |West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6AN

Approved at GBC Planning Commitee 18 May 2016

GBC Planning Portal click here

To see GBC Consultees comments (WHPC & EHPC included) click here

For more information about Grange Park Opera click here

Application considered EHPC Planning Meeting 1 February 2016 see Minutes click here