DERA Development and more….
At the AGM this year, our Chairman, Eric Leon spoke about the latest updates on this very important matter in which he and our Deputy Chairman, John Pyle, have been very active.
This long-running issue has its roots in the South East Plan of 2009. This identified the DERA sites for mixed development of houses and offices. Runnymede Borough Council then submitted its Local Plan Core Strategy calling for the removal from both DERA sites from the Green Belt and large scale commercial & residential developments for both sites.
The WRA continues its fight against developers Crest Nicholson and Runnymede Borough Council (RBC) who seem worryingly determined to create over 1,500 new houses on the southern side of the M3, off Kitsmead Lane. A development there would add to the existing 800,000 sq.ft of office building, 400,000 sq.ft of Data Centre and 200 homes which have already been approved to be built on the DERA north site by Longcross station. The Council has admitted that if both sites are developed it is likely to take 12 to 20 years to complete. Furthermore there is the likelihood that further residential houses may be build there perhaps even beyond the 2,500 ones that had been approved as per the South East Plan. For Wentworth residents, there is the prospect of 20 years of construction traffic on local roads, noise and pollution even before the ongoing impact on schools, health services and other local services of another 5,000, or so, additional local residents is felt.Please sign in to read full news article »