Monday, 11 February 2019

Redhill Aerodrome - Planning App for Revised Taxiway


   While the planning application does not constitute complete reinstatement to the state which existed prior to the works undertaken, NCS are pleased to note the intention to remove 4 metres width of hard standing and reinstate a grass surface to this area.


       >See NCS Comments on Planning Application

Thursday, 24 January 2019


Reigate&BansteadCouncil remove Redhill-Aerodrome site from Housing Plan

The controversial notion of building homes on the Redhill Aerodrome site is to be deleted from the Reigate & Banstead blueprint for future housing.
Following hearings last year, the planning inspector appointed to scrutinise the authority's Development Management Plan (DMP) has agreed the land should not be earmarked as a 'safeguarded site' for housing after 2027, as initially proposed by the council.  The inspector, Helen Hockenhull, concluded there was "insufficient evidence to demonstrate the exceptional circumstances required" for the aerodrome to be released from the green belt for this purpose.
See>Inspector's Post Hearing Advice - 15 Jan 2019


Submission of Tandridge District Local Plan 2033 

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) 
(Regulation 20) and Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2012 (Regulation 22)
Notice is given in accordance with the above Regulations that, on Friday 18 January 2019, Tandridge District Council submitted the Council’s Local Plan 2033 to the Secretary of State for independent examination under Regulation 22 of the Town and County Planning (Local Development England) Regulations 2012, along with the supporting documents.

Subject matter and Geographical Area
The Local Plan 2033 presents: the spatial strategy, the policies and proposals to deliver homes (both market and affordable), employment and infrastructure for the plan period to 2033. The Plan puts in place greater protections for our landscape and natural and historic environment and sets out the requirements for open space and sports provision, flood mitigation and green and blue infrastructure. The housing delivery target for the plan is 6056, some of which will be met by a Garden Community development at South Godstone. The plan is underpinned by an ambitious economic strategy and is heavily infrastructure led and will seek to deliver new primary and secondary school provision, health facilities, road and rail improvements, open spaces and flood mitigation.
The policies of the Local Plan 2033, cover the full administrative area of the District.

Where can documents be viewed?
Hard Copies
The Submission Plan, Sustainability Appraisal (SA) Report, Regulation 22: Statement of Consultation and all supporting documents are available for public inspection at the front desk of the main Council offices: Tandridge District Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted, Surrey RH8 0BT between the opening hours of 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30 to 16:30, on Fridays.
The submission version of the Local Plan 2033 and the proposed new policies maps, can also be viewed in all libraries across the District. Opening hours of libraries can be found at:

The Submission Plan and all supporting documents are also available to view on the Council’s website at:

Contact the Strategy Team on: 01883 722000 
or email:, should you have any questions.

Saturday, 5 January 2019


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The standby runway is located 198m to the north of the main runway and was granted planning permission in 1979. It provides an alternative runway for use when the main runway is closed for maintenance or as a result of an incident. One of the conditions of the planning permission was that it could not be used simultaneously with the main runway. The simultaneous use of both runways is also ruled out by a Section 52 Agreement with West Sussex County Council. However this agreement expires in 2019.

The Airports Commission selected Heathrow to provide additional runway capacity in the South East - Government and Parliament have endorsed that recommendation. There is no national justification to expand Gatwick Airport.

Campaign Group GON (Gatwick Obviously Not) commented:
The growth proposals in the master plan would further enrich the airport's shareholders whilst inflicting more flights, more noise, more emissions and more public transport congestion and over-crowding on local people and those under flight paths.

The proposals to increase runway capacity are all dedicated to increasing passenger numbers and flight volume. This will adversely increase both noise and air quality impacts. NCS consider that plans to increase runway capacity should be discontinued. The parish of Nutfield is already affected by the change in departure routes announced in 2013 which involves an increased volume of Gatwick aircraft flying at 3000ft (and sometimes lower) over the parish. We have called for this height to be increased to a minimum 5000ft which would reduce the environmental impact of the change adopted on departure route 3        See >Gatwick proposed height changes on Departure R3

The environmental impacts are increasing within current growth levels without considering any increased additional runway facility. Gatwick should be addressing how to reduce the escalating contributions they are making to the adverse effects on the environment. 

The Government acknowledge the nation cannot meet the stated carbon emission targets and commitments. Aviation-related expansion will only increase the pressure to meet these levels and the planned runway expansion at Gatwick should therefore be avoided as this is considered unnecessary.

Gatwick should actively listen to the opposition presented and respond meaningfully to the negative aspects of aviation rather than pursuing goals that merely favour the industry from a financial standpoint.

Saturday, 28 July 2018


Tandridge District Council says it is seeking funding for highway upgrades as part of its 4000-home South Godstone Garden Village proposal  

A £30m funding proposal to upgrade the area on the A22 (around Junction 6 of the M25) could be submitted to the Government in March.

Tandridge District Council (TDC) said it is working with Homes England, the Highways Agency and Surrey and West Sussex county councils to draw up a "detailed business case" for the idea. The road improvements would be needed to support the authority's controversial proposal for a 4000-home garden community in South Godstone. Feasibility studies are currently being carried out and a £30m funding bid is expected to be submitted to central government's Housing infrastructure fund.                                                                           
In Felbridge, the council is focusing on how more vehicles can use the southbound A22. TDC has not provided further details about plans for the junction with the M25; however it is thought this could be to improve the area around Junction 6 at Godstone, where the A22, A25 and M25 intersect.                                                                                                                                              
A TDC spokesman said: "Upgrades to the two respective junctions refer to works planned to increase capacity at these locations. Feasibility work is currently being undertaken on both junctions to find the best and most cost effective solution. "In Felbridge the study is looking at how capacity can be increased to the A22 southbound to East Grinstead (junction with the A264).        It is anticipated that both studies will be available around March."

The Local Plan refers to improvements and "mitigation" to junctions right along the A22 from the M25 down to Felbridge being "implemented where needed". It also says the building of an internal spine road to minimise the number of vehicles on the South Godstone stretch of the A22 should be explored.


Proposed upgrade to Godstone Station 

Network Rail have confirmed they have had meetings with Tandridge District Council regarding a proposed upgrade to Godstone station as part of proposed transport improvements in connection with plans for the 4000 home Garden Community in South Godstone.
Discussions have taken place regarding rail capacity, service frequency, strategic improvements on the rail network and upgrades to station facilities.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


     SEE NCS RESPONSE - Sept 2018 regarding the Draft Local Plan Consultation (Regulation 19) 
This has the full endorsement of the ten strong NCS Committee who represent 166 members - an additional 37 non-members have also expressed their support for this representation.

Tandridge Council (TDC) announce that South Godstone will be the preferred site for a Garden Village development of 4000 houses.
The other option at Redhill Aerodrome was always going to be a problem for development within the TDC Local Plan period, given the need for a motorway junction to the M23, although there will be ongoing pressure to deliver more homes than currently proposed by TDC as this is lower than the currently assessed need of 9,400 and significantly lower than the Government calculation of 12,900.
However, TDC Leader Martin Fisher has reiterated his vow to stand firm against this Government target which is viewed as unrealistic - see TDC press release below.
It will be interesting to see how the issue of housing development unfolds east of Redhill given the local interest of both councils (TDC and RBBC).
Protecting the local environment - Charity No 275088


Thursday, 3 May 2018

NPPF Consultation APRIL 2018

The 2017 Budget included additional proposals to change planning policy and legislation to bring forward more land for development. 
The National Planning Policy Framework consultation document sets out these Consultation Proposals

NPPF Consultation response by Nutfield Conservation Society