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Welcome to the LOSRA Website

As with any other local neighbourhood, the policies and actions which affect the character and future of Lower Sunbury are generally framed and implemented by a combination of local and national government, along with the vested interests and market forces which operate within those frameworks. Lower Sunbury is by no means unique in being under threat from a creaking infrastructure brought about by rapid urban development, the growth of traffic, and other pressures affecting the quality of life and the character of the area.

Working with the local authorities, we see it as the responsibility of residents’ and amenity groups such as LOSRA to address the underlying issues which fundamentally affect their members’ lives, as well as the minutiae of everyday life with which such groups are often concerned.

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ClematisThe Sunbury Embroidery Gallery at the Walled Garden, Thames Street, will hold a clematis pruning day in association with the British Clematis Society.

Members of the Society will be in attendance on Saturday, March 5th from 10.30am to 12.30; and from 2pm to 3.30pm, handing out tips and seeds to visitors.

Monday, 21 February 2011 08:30

Change of Date for 'Eco Park' Hearing

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Since 2nd February when the Planning and Regulatory Committee approved the permanent retention of the Waste Transfer Station at Charlton Lane, two matters have arisen which have necessitated the application to be referred back to the P&RC on 25th February. As a consequence of this, the full application for the installation of the 'Eco Park' will not now be heard until the P&RC meet on 8th of March.

In collaboration with Charlton Village Residents' Association and other community representatives, LOSRA continues its vigorous opposition to this application; but for opposition to be effective, additional funding is essential. Please visit: http://satep.moonfruit.com/ to make a donation.

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Designs of extensions and residential developmentsSpelthorne Borough Council has prepared a 2nd draft of the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) following representations made by LOSRA and other interested parties. Subject to any further comments the Council intends to adopt the revised SPD later this year.

The 2nd draft SPD sets out the development and design principles which will be used to guide residential development throughout the Borough and is intended to assist designers and homeowners. The guidance amplifies parts of policy EN1 (Design of New Development) included in the Council's Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document, and will be used by the Council in making decisions on planning applications.

The draft SPD is available for inspection at the Council Offices and at public libraries; and is also available free to view/download here.

The consultation period will run for a six week period from Wednesday 16th February to 5pm on Wednesday 30th March 2011. Representations may be submitted via the online form or by post to: Planning Services, Council Offices, Knowle Green, Staines TW18 1XB. Copies of the form may be obtained from the local library or Council Offices or by downloading from the Council Website.

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HazelwoodThe Planning Committee met on Wednesday 9th February to consider further information submitted by London Irish in their attempt to reduce the grounds of objection to their development proposals at The Avenue and at Hazelwood Golf Club. The Planning Officer recommended that there were insufficient grounds to maintain the objection to loss of an attractive landscape at Hazelwood; and that the potential for traffic congestion in The Avenue had not been established by the Highways Authority.

The Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee agreed; and argued that the removal of these grounds for objection would not diminish, and may even strengthen, the chances of the applications being refused at the Public Inquiry on 7th June. Nevertheless, whilst there is some sympathy with this view, residents will continue to make their case when the time comes. It is they who know best about what the traffic conditions are like in The Avenue during the morning rush as things stand today, let alone before the addition of nearly 200 dwellings. Similarly, the much valued visual amenity of the golf course (a consideration recognised in Planning Law) is a matter on which residents are well qualified to comment.

The Planning Inspector will consider and weight all matters put before him whether verbally or in writing.

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Fordbridge RoadThe Government Inspector has dismissed all three appeals involving the Environment Agency site at Fordbridge Road by Linden Homes and the EA. The Public Inquiry which, due to its complexity, overran by 2 days in November, heard spirited evidence from local residents who spoke against the applications.

This is a fantastic result and will, it is hoped, bring to an end a saga which has its origins dating back over 12 years. During that period local residents have fought staunchly and won every single planning application which has been unsympathetic to the neighbourhood. The conclusions reached by the Inspector have upheld very important principles regarding the Green Belt, floodplain, wildlife conservation, to name but a few. It is an historic ruling.

It can only be hoped, after this long and unhappy history, that all parties will rethink the future of this asset especially as we now understand that the Environment Agency is to be dismantled and broken down to more manageable constituent parts.

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The outcome of the SCC Planning Committee held on 2nd February to decide on the permanent allocation of Green Belt land to facilitate the Eco Park was very disappointing, though sadly, not unexpected. From start to finish it had been a political decision and this impression was reinforced by seeing The Leader of the Council, who is an ex-officio member and a champion of the Eco Park, sitting with the Committee. What other outcome could there possibly be? The objections raised by Spelthorne Borough Council who deliberated this application at length were given scant attention; in fact, only briefly mentioned in debate.

Most notable amongst the speakers was Cllr. Ernest Mallet, ironically a 'Residents Association' member for West Molesey. His seemingly dismissive comments about the local residential population drew hisses and gasps from the assembled audience. Not deterred, he then suggested that the opening hours of the Eco Park should be extended beyond 6pm to 7.30pm!

There is something uniquely unsatisfactory about:

  • a publicly funded body (Surrey County Council) who are custodians of Green Belt land vicariously owned by the council tax payer;
  • making it known they would like the land to be developed against the wishes of the local tax-paying community;
  • inviting an organisation to apply to develop that land;
  • then determining whether or not the application should succeed.

What better illustration of a 'thumb on the scales'. It's no defence to quote the Surrey Waste Plan for that has been held to be a flawed document in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court. Whether or not the integrity of this planning process can be defended, it is perceptions that count; and those perceptions, judging from online comments to this Association, point in a very different direction.

Unsurprisingly, the application was approved by a majority with only one abstention.

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