Lightwater

9.55 Lightwater is located at the centre of the Borough and is surrounded by countryside to the south and west and the Green Belt lies to the north and east. Lightwater is home to Lightwater Country Park. The area of heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI and is also part of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. The Country Park is therefore an area of high nature conservation value. A Village Design Statement Supplementary Planning Document has been adopted for Lightwater.

9.56 Much of the village of Lightwater lies within the Thames Basin Heaths SPA 400m buffer zone and as such opportunities for residential development are limited. Development will primarily be through redevelopment of existing sites.

9.57 The Windlebrook forms part of the eastern boundary and flood zones 2 and 3 affect some of the countryside surrounding Lightwater.

9.58 Lightwater is identified as a Local Centre in terms of retail and associated uses. The Local Centre is located outside of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.

9.59 Lightwater is served by limited public transport. Bagshot is the nearest rail station.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Lightwater

The preferred approach seeks to ensure that new development within Lightwater respects and recognises the character of the area by having local area policies that:

Housing

  • Ensures development sites that may come forward reflect the character of the area and the Green belt designation to the north and east
  • Ensures that the gaps between Lightwater and Windlesham and Lightwater and Bagshot are maintained

Employment and Retail

  • Ensures that the Local Centre retains retail and other associated uses

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Recreation Ground, Broadway Road
  • Open Space, Corbett Drive
  • Open Space, Lightwater Meadow
  • Playing Fields, Hammond Middle School
  • Recreation Ground, Briar Avenue
  • Open Space, Burdock Close
  • Open Space, Ivy Drive
  • Lake, Lightwater Gardens
  • Lightwater Leisure Centre
  • Lightwater Country Park
  • Lightwater Cemetery

Transport

  • Considers opportunities to improve existing access to Bagshot Station.

Development will also need to have regard to the general polices in the Local Plan and to the Residential Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document and the Lightwater Village Design Statement Supplementary Planning Document.

Alternative Approach to Policies for Lightwater

To only rely on the general policies set out in the Local Plan.