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

Chobham

9.47 Chobham village is a historic settlement located in the east of the Borough. It is a washed over village in the Green Belt. Chobham Common, to the north of the village, is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and forms part of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA.

9.48 Chobham Parish Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Chobham. The future development of Chobham will be considered in the emerging Chobham Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan will need to be in conformity with the general strategic policy approach set out in the Local Plan.

9.49 The centre of the village is visually compact. The architectural and heritage interest of the village can be seen in the concentration of listed buildings on each side of the High Street and the conservation area. This is an unique feature within Surrey Heath. Chobham's listed buildings include the Grade I Listed Church of St Lawrence.

9.50 Some areas of Chobham are at risk of flooding, in particular from the MiIlbourne, and parts of the Parish are covered by Flood Zone 2 and 3 designations.

9.51 The High Street is designated as a Local Centre for retail and associated uses.

9.52 Chobham Parish has a number of garden nurseries within the Green Belt. Some of these nurseries have areas of previously developed land (PDL) and there may be limited scope to redevelop these PDL areas subject to the impact of redevelopment on the openness of the Green Belt.

9.53 Fairoaks Airport lies within Chobham any future development at this airport should be guided by an overall development brief/masterplan for the area.

9.54 Chobham is served by limited public transport. Woking is the nearest main line rail station, although Longcross offers limited services into London at peak times.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Chobham

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

Housing

  • Ensures development sites that may come forward reflect the historic character of the area and Green Belt designation
  • Recognises the character of Valley End/ Brickhill
  • Recognises opportunities for rural exception sites

Employment and Retail

  • Sets out that development at Fairoaks Airport should be guided by a development brief/ masterplan.
  • Designates the Eli Lilley site as a Strategic Employment site and sets the site boundary having regard to its Green Belt location
  • Ensures that the Local centre retains retail and other associated uses
  • Ensures shopfronts reflect the historic character of the High Street

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Wishmore Cross Academy, Alpha Rd
  • Recreation Ground, Windsor Road
  • Chobham Meadows
  • Chobham Recreation Ground
  • Chobham Cemetery
  • Chobham Cricket ground
  • Broom Lane allotments
  • Red Lion Allotments

Transport

  • Considers opportunities to improve cycle access to Woking

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

Alternative Approach to Policies for Chobham

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