Tuesday, 3 March 2020

NUTFIELD GREEN PARK - proposed development


Members have reported recent activity by developers at this site involving machinery clearing sites/hedging and reconstructing the bank on edge of the Church car park as shown in photo on left. Other photos received show the scale of works carried out in advance of planning approval. This will have caused considerable disturbance to reported wildlife in this area recorded in the Environmental Statement provided by Surrey Council last year: see> Scoping Opinion 2019


NCS will continue close monitoring of the site/s and are in regular liaison with Environmental Officers at Surrey Council. We hope that the developers will provide respect to the wildlife in this woodland setting and await formal details of proposed plans.

UPDATED SITE MAP - David Jarvis Associates
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See the original details (posted by NCS in April 2019)

This involves plans for an Activity Park development to be located on the old Laportes land to the north of the A25 at Nutfield. Plans will include an Activity Centre, a Nursing Home plus 105 Housing units.
Development is stated to involve up to 60 HGVs per day (120 movements) with planned access onto the A25 where the red dot is showing - to the east of Nutfield Cemetery. 
Potential access for leisure use is shown as a green dot on Church Hill - at the car park opposite the Church of St Peter & St Paul.   New cottages are planned alongside existing cottages east of the Inn on The Pond and Nutfield Cricket Ground per map below.


Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Gatwick departure routes 3 and 4

Airspace classification review 2019–2020
o   The Route 3 SID track utilised following PR-NAV implementation in 2013 does not follow the NPR centre-line and requires aircraft to drift up to 600k north directly over South Nutfield at 3000ft altitude (see Route 3 SID showing NPR centre-line)
 o   The current altitude restriction and lateral deviation (from the NPR centre-line) causes unnecessary environmental harm to the settlements of Nutfield and Earlswood (Redhill),

Consideration should be given to removing the current altitude restrictions for waypoints KKN09 and KKW19 and allow departing Gatwick aircraft using route 3 to reach 4000ft before reaching gate 1 (as pre-2012) plus be allowed to climb above 5000ft and vectored away from Nutfield (under control of ATC).



Route 4 PIR Report 2019
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now published a draft report of its Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Gatwick Airport Limited’s Route 4 RNAV-1 SID Airspace Change Proposal. The draft report is available at > CAA R4 report /CAP1872.

Route 4 is one of Gatwick’s departure routes for aircraft taking off from the airport toward the west. Soon after take-off, aircraft wrap 180 degrees round to the right and head east (passing south of Nutfield Parish).  Following a Judicial Review of its original decision regarding this ACP, the CAA realised that the decision was based on a misunderstanding of the location of the conventional SID. The CAA's draft report of its PIR therefore concludes that the implemented ACP is not a satisfactory replication of the Route 4 conventional departure route and because of this it does not meet the ACP’s original stated aim. This means that Route 4’s RNAV-1 SID will be de-notified and removed from the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). As a result aircraft will be required to fly the 2012 conventional SID which was re-instated on 12 September 2019.The CAA are asking for comments before 3 February 2020 and cannot commit to taking into account comments received after this date.                       
You can see our response to this consultation at > NCS response to CAA R4 Report
In this response we have made the point that Gatwick departure route 3 should also be more properly realigned on the NPR (Noise Preferential Route) which would take aircraft one kilometer south of Nutfield Parish. Following the changes which were confirmed by the CAA in 2013 for aircraft taking off from the east on route 3 and engaging a similar wrap around manoeuvre before flying west - currently pass directly over South Nutfield on a track which is also not representative of the pre-2013 position (see map below):


Friday, 9 August 2019

GATWICK MASTER PLAN 2019

GATWICK MASTER PLAN - NCS update October
Click on above for latest NCS comments regarding this proposed plan 

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GATWICK CO-ORDINATION GROUP OPPOSE GATWICK AIRPORT MASTERPLAN PROPOSALS

MP's from the Gatwick Co-ordination Group have expressed concerns about the rapid growth plans for Gatwick Airport. This follows Gatwick Airport's announcement of expansion plans for what could be a three runway airport.

The MP's shared the following statement:
"Gatwick has grown significantly over the past decade. It has offered greater numbers of flights to more destinations and created jobs in the process. However, the benefits of growth have not been well distributed with the local community.
"More people are impacted by Gatwick's noise operations than 10 years ago, both close to the airport and many miles away under flightpaths, creating health issues for local residents and congestion through inadequate infrastructure.
"Over the past few years Gatwick Airport has continually under invested in the local amenities and social infrastructure that would be required to support a project of this size and scale. We cannot support expansion of the Airport without a comprehensive investment in the local area which would ease pressure on the over-stretched road and rail systems serving the airport.
"At a time of increasing concern about the environmental impact of global aviation growth, the proposed expansion plans would see a marked increase in carbon emissions, with clearer environmental consequences for us all. We should not be looking at unchecked expansion at our local airports but seeking managed growth that is proportionate to our other national priorities.
"The safeguarding of land for a new full runway is a clear indication that Gatwick has future plans to build a third runway, as well as converting the current standby runway into a second runway.      

With today's announcement it is now clear that Gatwick Airport's new owners are determined to push for rapid commercial expansion and aviation growth despite the restrictions imposed upon the airport by its poor transport connections and its rural position adjacent to Green Belt land as well as the arguments made against a third runway at Gatwick in the London Runway Review.
"We are keen to enable the airport to make viable returns for its shareholders however this also requires a sustainable and achievable plan for the future of Gatwick Airport which acknowledges the limitations on aviation growth at the site that exist due to local infrastructure, environmental and geographical factors.
"Gatwick Airport's plans to build up to have up to three runways in operation do not represent a sustainable plan for the environment and the local community. It would mean more noise, more carbon emissions, faster climate change, more health problems for local residents and greater congestion. We have written to the Secretary of State to indicate our opposition."

  • Sir Paul Beresford MP, Member of Parliament for Mole Valley
  • Crispin Blunt MP, Member of Parliament for Reigate
  • The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells
  • Gillian Keegan MP, Member of Parliament for Chichester
  • The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP, Member of Parliament for Mid Sussex
  • Tom Tugendhat MP, Member of Parliament for Tonbridge and Malling
cc: The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Member of Parliament for Guildford
      Jeremy Quin MP, Member of Parliament for Horsham

We are awaiting confirmation of the position being taken by East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah


Friday, 12 July 2019

Local Plan updates - a) Reigate&Banstead b) Tandridge

a) Reigate&Banstead Plan update:

The Council has now received the report of Helen Hockenhull BA (Hons) B.PI MRTPI into the Reigate&Banstead Development Management Plan (DMP)
Her report is available to view and download from the Concil's website at 
www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp.

Extracts below relevant to Nutfield:

Redhill Aerodrome site
It has not been demonstrated that exceptional circumstances exist for the Redhill Aerodrome site to be removed from the Green Belt and safeguarded for development
Surrey hills AONB to be afforded the highest level of protection.
AGLV designation has been in place since the 1950's and provides an important buffer to the AONB protecting views into the area.

East Surrey Hospital site (incl adjacent land to the east) total 26 hectares
The inspector is satisfied there are exceptional circumstances for the hospital site to be removed from the Green Belt which will allow planned expansion of the hospital site.


b) Tandridge Plan update:

The Tandridge Local Plan has been awarded £150,000 by the Government to help progress the design and delivery of a Garden Community in South Godstone. This is one of 19 similar awards. The award does not mean that formal planning approval has been given and the proposed development will still be subject to the Local Plan Examination which we understand has been postponed until October 2019.  
The council said the money would help progress the design and delivery of the new community which would include affordable homes, schools, healthcare facilities and upgraded transport links. Being part of the government programme would give the authority access to extensive support and expertise "to help overcome any barriers which might affect the delivery".





Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Biggin Hill Consultation - Design Principles
















See: NCS submission to Biggin Hill Airspace Design Principles Questionnaire


Biggin Hill response
Dear Stakeholder,   We have now completed the initial phase of our engagement to establish our Design Principles for the redevelopment of the Airspace in the Southeast of England.
Thank you very much to those who have responded to our Design Principles Questionnaire or for attending a focus group event. We are very grateful for everybody’s engagement with the process and for all of the views expressed by the various representative bodies and individuals.
The questionnaire responses have been analysed along with the comments and discussion recorded during the focus groups to formulate an initial list of Design Principles. We now need your help to provide further comments on the list and to help us understand which Design Principles are most important to you or your organisations.
Please take a look at the attached Design Principles. For each of the ten Design Principles we would like you to complete the table as follows:
1. Do you agree with this Design Principle:  Yes or No
2. Please rank the 10 Design Principles in order of priority from 1 Highest to 10 Lowest.
3. If you feel any of the Design Principles are not applicable to you, please mark it as ‘0’.
4. Please use the Comments Box to provide comments as to why you agree or disagree with the Design Principle or to suggest any additional Design Principles you feel ought to be considered by us.

Monday, 6 May 2019

WWF Biodiversity Report Released

THE WORLD'S MOST COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE STATE OF NATURE
will highlight the distressing impact that humanity is having on the natural world.
It states that species are being lost at the fastest ever rate - mainly driven by the changing use of land. The study analyses the impacts that the changing use of land is having on nature. Forest clearing for agriculture (fuelled by increased consumption of animal products), has driven many native species from their ancient homes. Overfishing has caused the decimation of fish stocks in most parts of the world.
The report warns that the speed of loss is likely to increase in the coming decades, pushing vast numbers of species towards extinction.
While the demise of species, resulting from deforestation and land clearing in developing countries is well documented in the report, the threat to nature is just as significant in richer countries.
Friends of the Earth has published a list below of some of the most threatened species in the UK and Europe.

Skylark: Well known for its flight pattern, the skylark has declined by 50% over the past 40 years across Europe, mainly due to changes in farming practices that have resulted in the loss of nesting sites and food sources.
Small Blue Butterfly: This has declined in the most parts of the UK, with numbers down 38% since the 1970s.
Bees and hoverflies: Recent studies show that around one third of the 353 wild bee and hoverfly species in the UK are in decline. Factors include habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and disease.
Red Squirrels, wildcats and long-eared bats: All facing severe threats to their survival from a number of sources, including invasive species, road deaths and the use of pesticides.
Hedgehogs: Almost half of rural hedgehogs in the UK and a third in urban areas have been lost. The reasons are not fully understood but are likely to include the loss of key habitat features such as hedges.


Wild bee species are in decline                   Half of rural hedgehogs have been lost     
                  


 Skylarks have declined by 50%                     Wild cats are now a rare sight in the UK       


       
       
         



Thursday, 18 April 2019

TANDRIDGE LOCAL PLAN - UPDATE Feb 2019

Tandridge District Council is working with Homes England, the Highways Agency and Surrey and West Sussex County Councils to draw up a detailed business case for submission to the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund. The funding relates to upgrade works for junction 6 of the M25 and the Felbridge junction on the A22.

Council noted the findings of the planning inspector who recently reviewed Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s (RBBC) plan. The inspector agreed with Tandridge District Council in finding the Redhill Aerodrome site to be undeliverable, because there is no commitment from Highways England to provide a new junction from the M23.
Consequently, the inspector went on to advise against RBBC’s plans to release from the Green Belt that part of the site which lies within its boundary and against safeguarding the land for future development.

Full update attached >Tandridge Local Plan - latest update Feb 2019



Tandridge District Council Local Plan - Examination In Public

Inspectors Initial Letter of Clarification ID/2 to the Council

Tandridge District Council Local Plan -Examination in Public

Chris Banks is the Programme Officer for the Tandridge District Council Local Plan Examination in Public. He is the main point of contact for all matters relating to the the hearing process from now onward. His role is independent and he reports to the Planning Inspector Mr Philip Lewis BA(Hons) MA MRTPI who has been appointed by the Secretary of State to to consider the soundness of the Local Plan Core Strategy. and to conduct the Examination in Public. 

The Inspector has issued a Letter of Clarification to the council. and as a result TDC are projecting that the Hearings will not take place until Mid September 2019.  See Inspector's Letter ID/2