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Virginia Water Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan Update
VIRGINIA WATER LOCAL PLAN AND NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
 
 
LOCAL PLAN

Over the past 5 years, the Wentworth Residents Association (WRA) have campaigned robustly against Runnymede Borough Council’s (RBC) ill-conceived Local Plan proposing +10,000 new houses within a 5 miles radius of the Wentworth Estate including a significant loss of precious Green Belt. Further, this proposed development has not been supported by any fortification of essential infra-structure. 

RBC’s Local Plan is being reviewed by an Inspector – appointed by Government – to judge the soundness of the Plan. There have already been two round of hearings, during which the WRA was represented by an eminent QC. The Inspector has delayed the third and final hearing until RBC clarifies some fundamental issues that the WRA and other stakeholders have raised. 

Despite a number of senior members, including the Head of Planning, departing the RBC, it is attempting to remedy its serious shortcomings and to produce a more sound Plan for approval by the Inspector.

 
 
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

The Neighbourhood Plan for Virginia Water is a vehicle for the community to have more autonomy and influence on planning issues in our environment.  A Neighbourhood Plan Forum of key stakeholders including the WRA and WERC has been established, the Forum has been ratified by the RBC and applications for Governmental funding (for specialist planning and legal services) have been made. A questionnaire to collect the views of all residents and local businesses in Virginia Water will be distributed next month. 


 
September 2019
 

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