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Wisley Airfield inquiry opens

DATE: 19 Sep 2017

Today an inquiry opens into a recovered appeal seeking outline planning permission for:

"the phased development of a new settlement of up to 2,068 dwellings incorporating up to 60 sheltered accommodation units and 8 Gypsy and Traveller pitches and associated infrastructure including accesses onto the A3 (Ockham Interchange), Ockham Lane and Old Lane and revised access to Elm Corner, a secondary school, a primary school, community provision, nursery provision, health facility, a local centre (incorporating food & drink, retail, a visitor centre and offices), employment area, 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). Outline application, matter for determination access (matters reserved scale, appearance, landscaping and layout". 

Wisley Airfield contains the largest previously developed Site within the Guildford Borough part of the Metropolitan Green Belt and is proposed to be removed from the Green Belt and allocated under draft Allocation A35 of the Proposed Submission Local Plan (‘GBLP’) for a residential and mixed use development.

The appeal is opposed by Guildford Borough Council and a number of other rule 6 parties and is expected to last 5 weeks.

James Maurici QC and Heather Sargent are acting for the appellant Wisley Property Investments Limited instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.