Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced that land in Chobham is to be designated as SANG. A SANG, which the council helpfully describes as ‘necessary to provide an alternative open space to new households to limit using the protected Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area for recreation, including dog walking.’
“A planning application has been received by Surrey Heath Borough Council for a Change of Use for agricultural land between Station Road and Chertsey Road, Chobham.
The application proposes to change the land’s designated use into Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG*).
The land will provide better links between the existing footpath network as well as providing enhanced public open space within Chobham.
In addition, council ownership of the land as a SANG will ensure it remains public open space.
The council has recently been awarded funding through the Environment Agency, for the design of a flood alleviation scheme on the land to mitigate flooding in Chobham Village Centre.
The use of the land as SANG, under council ownership, will enable ongoing maintenance of all drainage systems to be undertaken throughout the site.
* SANG is necessary to provide an alternative open space to new households to limit using the protected Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area for recreation, including dog walking.”