Attending the consultation for the potential Pine Ridge Golf Club housing development

On behalf of Persimmon Homes,the Pegasus Group held a consultation meeting yesterday at Pine Ridge Golf Centre in Frimley.

The consultation concerns prospective plans for 80 homes to be built on land currently occupied by the 10th green and fairway of Pine Ridge Golf Club. No planning application for the housing development has yet been submitted to Surrey Heath Borough Council. Associated with the prospective development is a plan to create more than 20 acres of sustainable alternative natural green space (SANG).

The 10th green and fairway run parallel to Old Bisley Road, as shown in the photos below [click to enlarge].

My immediate view is that the development isn’t as intrusive as I’d imagined. Yet, as with all housing developments in our borough there’s insufficient space for vehicles. A three bed home can easily have four cars. I doubt there’s provision for that circumstance. There’s hardly ever any consideration that piecemeal developments, such as this, add to the demand for services. such as GP surgeries, health services, local shops, and public transport.

It’ll probably a year or two before anything happens. Lots more consultations and planning applications.Whatever, here are a few photo of a few of the information boards.



Camberley’s Ashwood House re-development continuing apace

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce progress on the conversion of Ashwood House from offices to apartments,

Ashwood House, a former office block on Pembroke Broadway in Camberley will be transformed into 116 luxury apartments by Berkeley Homes who will start work later this year.

The initial stages of renovation are going well on site, with Randall Contracting Ltd demolishing the service ramp outside of Ashwood House and set to build a reinforced concrete wall and widen the footpath  to prepare for the relocation of bus stops, currently outside Ashwood House.

Managing Director of Randall Contracting Ltd, Stephen Randall is currently overseeing the works in Camberley and enjoys working in Surrey, as he states;

“Having had many years experience working with local authorities in London, this is a wonderful chance for us to share that experience further afield here with Surrey Heath at the start of their exciting new project. It’s great to be involved and we would like to thank Surrey Heath for the opportunity.”

Along with Stephen Randall, CEO of Surrey Heath Borough Council Karen Whelan was present on site, and even got involved on a day’s activities.

Karen Whelan said; “Ashwood House is a substantial former office building being converted into apartments later this year. The preparatory work to get it ready for Berkeley Homes is a significant project. I am pleased to see Randall Contracting progressing so well on the site and most importantly to schedule”.

“Once completed, this new development will bring fresh vitality to this part of Camberley town centre and will complement SHBC’s other regeneration projects in the town, including The High Street, The Square and the London Road development site.”

Randall Contracting Ltd will continue the redevelopment until completion in Autumn 2018.

To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which includes the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, and Ashwood House which is currently being transformed into 116 high quality residential apartments.   Substantial projects to improve the town centre car parks, Princess Way and the High Street are in the pipeline which will soon to be followed by the regeneration of the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street and opposite the historic Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Surrey Heath draft Local Plan frequently asked questions

I’ve written about Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan, and how the consultation period on it expires on Monday 30th July 2018.

The draft local plan contains proposed planning policy changes from the current local. It’s therefore, in my estimation, important for ideas and concerns from residents to be submitted.

Yesterday evening I attended the consultation event at Lightwater Leisure Centre, at which there were paper copies of the draft plan for perusal, and planning officers on hand to answer questions. I recommend those of you interested in influencing planning policies, and how they affect our communities, get involved in the consultation process. I’ll post my comments on particular aspects in the coming weeks.

I picked up the Frequently Asked Questions leaflet about the local plan consultation, which is shown below – front and back page first, and inside pages next. Click on images to expand.

Important news: Surrey Heath Council consulting on a new Local Plan

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the timing for the consultation of a new Local Plan, which contains the planning policies to guide development in the Borough up to 2032.

Surrey Heath Borough Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan, which sets out potential policies and development opportunities in the Borough.

The ultimate purpose of a Local Plan, once adopted, is to establish how much housing and land for employment will be needed and where it will go, alongside protecting and enhancing the environment, the provision of community facilities and delivering infrastructure.  It will be used to determine planning applications.

It is important to highlight that the Draft Local Plan contains the Council’s proposed policies and allocations for consultation.  Nothing has been decided yet.

Consultation on the draft local plan is open from Monday 4th June until Monday 30th July. To find out more, and to submit comments for consideration visit:

Hard copies of the draft documents are available at the Council offices at Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley throughout the consultation and a display of the materials is available next to the Registrar’s office at Surrey Heath House during Council opening hours Monday to Thursday 8.30 am until 5.0 pm and Friday 8.30 am until 4.30 pm.

Public meetings will be held with Officers available to answer your immediate questions on Wednesday 13th June at Lightwater Leisure Centre, Lightwater GU18 5RG from 4pm until 8pm and at The Function Room at Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, GU16 6HY on Wednesday 20th June from 4pm until 8pm.

The feedback from this consultation will be used to create a pre-submission version of the Local Plan, which will be published in Summer 2019 before submission to a Planning Inspector for independent examination. But it is important that you make your views known at this stage.

UPDATE – big error: Have you say on the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan prior to submission

Gosh, what a complete nincompoop I am, the consultation period ended 26th April 2017. That’s a whole year ago. I’m sorry to have misled you all.

Many will know of the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan, and the desire for Windlesham residents to have in place a formal planning policy against which planning applications and developments are considered. The Plan can be viewed below, or in the locations listed in Windlesham Parish Council’s website, SEE HERE. The Parish Council is seeking comments on the Plan prior to submission.

Prior to the submission of the plan to Surrey Heath Borough Council, Windlesham Parish Council is undertaking Pre-Submission Consultation on the Draft Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan.

This formal stage in the process of preparing the Plan requires a six week period of public consultation. We are seeking comments on the Draft Plan from people who live, work or have businesses in the area and from other organisations that have an interest in the plan area.

The pre-submission consultation commenced on the 20th February 2017 and the closing date for representations is the 26th April 2017. Representations can either be emailed to Sarah Walker at or sent by post to: Windlesham Parish Council, The Council Office, The Avenue, Lightwater, Surrey, GU18 5RG

Again Surrey Heath absent from the top 50 in the 2017 Halifax Quality of Life Survey

Surrey Heath were 20th in the 2015 Halifax Quality of Life Survey. In the 2016 survey Surrey Heath were absent from the top 50. It’s the same result again in the 2017 survey, Surrey Heath is absent. Yet Hart, an adjoining borough to Surrey Heath comes in 1st.

See the table on the right for the top ten – click on image to expand.

I’ve been troubled by the changes in the boroughs making up the top 50 for a number of years. In the 2009 survey Surrey Heath was third, and in 2010 we were 9th. See HERE for my previous articles on the Halifax Quality of Life Surveys.

Anyway, here’s the press release from Halifax, containing the tables and the make up of their annual survey.

Another multi-£million mansion in Windlesham

Many people will have driven past a new mansion under construction in Church Road Windlesham.

I took a photo of the mansion last week, and thought I’d discover something about it. It’s referred to as Home Farm by the developers – Searchfield Homes, understandably so, since the property was previously known as Home Farm.

I’m reliably informed that it’s sale price will around £15,000,000. To learn what you get for £15 million, the developer’s website is a good source, as are the planning documents on Surrey Heath Borough Council website, if you’re so interested.