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Limpsfield GB targeted for large housing development

Limpsfield Green Belt targeted for large scale housing development

We were extremely concerned to receive a letter sent in by a Limpsfield member which appears to indicate that Tandridge District Council's Planning Department is advising landowners on how they can get Green Belt sites in Limpsfield released for large scale house-building.

The letter can be read here (names and addresses have been redacted and we have substituted the Savills plan for an updated version of the Council's Sites Consultation plan)
click here

We are worried that this may be happening across Tandridge District.

At the same time, the Council is saying that it is protecting the Green Belt, stating that it is.... "protecting the distinctive nature of the area and only releasing limited Green Belt land where exceptional circumstances are met or where the land does not serve the purposes of the Green Belt."

However, the land in Limpsfield has been assessed as serving the purposes of the Green Belt and also as being ecologically sensitive.

OLRG does not agree with the Council's Local Plan preferred strategy, approved by other Councillors, to release large amounts of the Tandridge Green Belt including building around all the Tier 1 and Tier 2 settlements which are Oxted, Limpsfield, Hurst Green, Caterham on the Hill, Caterham Valley, Warlingham, Whyteleafe, Godstone, Lingfield and Smallfield as well as a new settlement of about 4,000 homes in the Green Belt, in order to accommodate a huge amount of inward migration from other areas.

This is NOT required by Government policy - it is the Council's own choice as this recent article from The Times makes clear click here

OLRG has engaged 3 planning experts, including a leading planning QC, to help us take part in the Council's Local Plan consultations. They have made clear that the Council's documents are not compliant with Government policy, do not achieve sustainable development, and are not justified or effective. In short, they are not fit for purpose.

We are determined to fight the Council's flawed Plan and are launching an appeal for funds to pay for the experts' continued input.

If you would like to help and are able to make a donation - £100, £50, £25, £10 or anything at all - it will make a big difference in the fight to protect the local Green Belt and to protect local infrastructure from being swamped.

There are 3 ways to donate:

1. By bank transfer to: account name 'Oxted & Limpsfield Residents' at Santander, sort code: 09 06 66, account no: 43510171

2. Send a cheque made payable to 'Oxted & Limpsfield Residents' to PO BOX 233, Oxted Post Office, Station Road West, Oxted, RH8 9EH

3. The PayPal button which is under 'Donate Here' on the OLRG website click here

Thank you very much indeed for your support.