Planning

UPDATE - 29 SEPTEMBER 2021

Reigate and Banstead BC Planning Committee voted to refuse this planning application as the proposed development would be inappropriate within the Green Belt, and harmful to its openness.  Other harm would result by virtue of loss of land for open recreation and the loss of allotments.  In addition, the proposed development by virtue of extent of development and associated habitat loss within the designated SNCI and BOA would have an unacceptable adverse impact.
(see NEWS for full  Reasons for Refusal).

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SAVE NEW POND FARM

THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF DEVELOPMENT ON THIS SITE:

LOSS OF GREEN BELT

Creating this crematorium will result in removal of land from the green belt, once gone it is gone forever. This is green belt land that is used and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

'Once Green Belts have been defined, local planning authorities should plan positively to enhance their beneficial use, such as looking for opportunities to provide access; to provide opportunities for outdoor sport and recreation; to retain and enhance landscapes, visual amenity and biodiversity; or to improve damaged and derelict land.'

'Inappropriate development is, by definition, harmful to the Green Belt and should not be approved except in very special circumstances.'

We say NO.


LOSS OF, OR HARM TO NATURAL HABITAT AND BIODIVERSITY

This is a designated Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) and the harm could be catastrophic to a large array of local wildlife. Such sites are specifically designated, according to strict criteria, because they perform a particular function, encouraging local bio-diversity and habitat protection. Extensive construction and loss of open space risks resulting in signifiant harm to the local wildlife, habitat and bio-diversity.

We say NO.


HARM TO HEALTH/ENVIRONMENT

Cremations release greenhouse gases and other chemicals that may be present in the body, such as mercury, dioxins and furans.

Carbon Dioxide - '1,000 cremations per annum equals 150 tonnes per year of carbon this equals 1,229,508 car carbon kilometres annually. .' CDS Group.

It can take one to two hours to cremate a body, depending on weight or size and performance of the cremator.

There is an increasing awareness of the environmental impact of cremations, alternatives are emerging.

Exposure to potential harmful emissions and damage to long term impact on the environment -

We say NO.

THE CREMATORIUM PROPOSAL

  • Site approximately 4.98ha of Green Belt land
  • Single storey building of around 870 sqm
  • Capacity for 2 cremators, and up to 3 chimneys
  • Single chapel, 120-mourner crematorium with8 memorial garden
  • Able to host 8 services per day
  • Circa 500 vehicle trips per day during busiest periods
  • Services offered between 1000 - 1600
  • Gardens of remembrance open 365 days a year
  • Access roads (encroaching on the allotments)
  • Car park and access (impacting football pitches and sports use)
  • Service yard and parking

WE SAY NO!

More information about the planning proposal can be found at: reigate-banstead.gov.uk/crematorium




LOSS OF ACCESS, OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUTDOOR SPORT AND RECREATION

Grass roots sports play a key role in our communities. Playing sport is associated with positive quality of life benefits to all layers of society, and in some cases these benefits are higher for those from socially disadvantaged groups.

Loss of New Pond Farm football pitches.

We say NO.


LOSS OF GREEN SPACE

There is increasingly compelling evidence showing that access to greenspaces really matters for our health.' - Public Health England, Improving Access to Greenspace - A new review for 2020.

We say NO. 

INCREASED TRAFFIC AND CONGESTION

Additional pressure on Woodhatch Road, nearby junctions and access to local schools.

We say NO.


LOSS OF ALLOTMENTS

Allotments are permitted use of green belt, and are impacted by this development.

We say NO.


OUR MISSION

Our mission is to protect New Pond Farm from development, ensuring it is retained for community use.

We will continue to promote use of the site as green space, for health, well being, education and community cohesion.

Woodhatch Green Spaces Preservation Group will work to secure long term protection of the site, and assurance that the site will be preserved as open space, allotments an football pitches for community use.

Save New Pond Farm! 

Additional land also under threat of being removed from the Green Belt, South Park & Woodhatch

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Land west of Castle Drive 

Urban extension on previously Green Belt land - approximately 10 new homes

25

Hartswood Nursery

Urban extension on previously Green Belt land - approximately 25 new homes

100

Land at Dovers Farm

Urban extension on previously Green Belt land - approximately 100 new homes

260

Sandcross Lane

Urban extension on previously Green Belt land - approximately 260 homes

Other  proposals within Reigate:

The Canon site - 

  • Relocation of Surrey County Council offices
  • Relocation of Reigate Priory school 



Source:  Development Management Plan Regulation 19 Fact Sheet


WE SAY NO TO THE REMOVAL OF YET MORE LAND FROM THE GREEN BELT FOR DEVELOPMENT


NEW POND FARM PROVIDES A VALUABLE OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION AREA FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. 


HELP US TO KEEP NEW POND FARM FIELDS GREEN.     


SAVE OUR GREEN BELT -
SAY NO TO THE CREMATORIUM -
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