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Guildford Borough Council

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016 - Part 2: Sites

A52: Four Acre Stables, Aldershot Road

POLICY A52: Four Acre Stables, Aldershot Road, Worplesdon

Allocation

The site is allocated for 6 Traveller pitches (sui generis)

Requirements

  • The pitches will be private tenure
  • The site is removed from the Green Belt to ensure delivery. However, this remains a sensitive site surrounded by Green Belt, with development potentially causing harm to the surrounding Green Belt and the character of the area. The historical personal circumstances of the current occupiers, as per the appeal decision below, were a significant consideration when temporary planning permission was granted. This does not remove the harm to the Green Belt and character of the area, as it is a balancing act of harm versus benefits which considers whether planning permission should be granted. For these reasons:
    • Occupancy of these pitches is restricted to the family named in appeal decision (APP/Y3615/A/11/2144904) and to meet any needs arising from that family. A planning condition to this effect will be imposed on any permission
    • Any application to remove the personal condition identified above or for occupation of the site by individuals other than the family referred to in that condition will be carefully considered in light of the occupant's/proposed occupant's personal circumstances and their identified need for pitches. It will be necessary to consider whether the harm to surrounding Green Belt and character of the area is outweighed by the benefits
    • Any agricultural buildings on site, such as barns, must be considered in terms of potential harm to surrounding Green Belt and should not be disproportionately high in comparison to the mobile homes and caravans
  • Ancillary buildings must be proportionate in size to the mobile homes and caravans and should be no more than one storey in height
  • Bricks and mortar housing, or any buildings capable of being converted to bricks and mortar housing, are not appropriate on this site and will be resisted
  • Any application on the site will require sensitive design, siting and form of development, given the location outside of the village
  • The Council will seek to maintain defensible site boundaries sensitive to the countryside setting, whilst not enclosing a site with hard landscaping, high walls or fences, to an extent that suggests deliberate isolation from the community
  • The eastern boundary of the site abuts flood zone 2 (medium risk). Site design should ensure mobile homes and caravans serving as living accommodation are not unnecessarily close to this boundary. Encroachment outside of the site allocation area would be into flood zone 2 which is not appropriate for caravans and mobile homes, and hard standing in this area would likely serve to increase flood risk on site and elsewhere.
  • Development of this site must not increase flood risk on site or elsewhere.

Opportunities

  • Traveller sites can often be visually hard landscaped environments, and any attempts to provide soft landscaping would be beneficial

 

Description 

Location

Outside of a village

Ward

Worplesdon

Ownership

Private

Area (size)

0.39 ha

Existing use

Temporary Traveller accommodation (1 pitch)

(sui generis)

LAA reference

Site 2119

Key considerations

  • Landscaping
  • Boundary treatment
  • Harm to surrounding Green Belt and character of the area
  • Flood risk
  • Household information and relations

A52 Four Acre Stables, Aldershot Road, Worplesdon

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