Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Mytchett

9.38 Mytchett is located to the south of Frimley Green and is the most southerly settlement in Surrey Heath. The defining feature of Mytchett is the lakes and Basingstoke Canal. The Basingstoke Canal is identified as a Conservation Area. Areas of Mytchett lie within flood zones 2 and Flood Zone 3. Mytchett has a Neighbourhood Centre which is linear in nature. The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area 400m buffer zone and the Farnborough Airport public safety zone impact on areas of Mytchett and limit opportunities for residential development. The Council considers that development at land at Waters Edge can be accommodated having regard to these constraints.

9.39 There are two Mobile Home sites in Mytchett and these should be retained in this use to provide accommodation to meet this need.

9.40 There are opportunities to improve access to the Basingstoke canal and to other water areas as a leisure opportunity and potential opportunities to improve the Sustrans cycle network along the Basingstoke Canal. Regard will need to be given to the Canal's Conservation Area status and to the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area.

9.41 Ash Vale is the nearest rail station and provides access to Woking and London Waterloo. North Camp station is also located nearby and provides services to Reading and Guildford.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Mytchett

The preferred approach seeks to ensure that new development within Mytchett respects and recognises the character of the area and the opportunities for housing development in Mytchett by having local area policies that:

Housing

  • Allocates Land at Waters Edge Mytchett as a housing site for up to 150 dwellings
  • Amends the settlement boundary to include this site within the settlement
  • Ensures other development sites that may come forward reflect the character of the local area.

Retail and Employment

  • Sets the boundary of the Neighbourhood Centre

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Open Space (north) Lynwood Drive
  • Open Space (south) Lynwood Drive
  • Grayswood Avenue
  • Loman Road
  • Playing Field, Mytchett Primary School, Whiteacres Road
  • Coleford Bridge Road Lake
  • Mytchett recreation ground
  • Mytchett community centre
  • Basingstoke Canal Centre
  • Promotes possibilities for improved access to the Basingstoke Canal for recreation.

Transport

  • Supports improvements to the Basingstoke Canal towpath to encourage cycling and walking
  • Requires travel plans for all new major development to help reduce congestion on the Mytchett Road

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 Western Urban Area Character Supplementary Planning Document.

Alternative Local Area Policy Approach for Mytchett

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