Proposed 500 new homes in The Green Belt

We thought that you might like to know about how you can comment on the important issue of the proposed development of 500 houses on the Green Belt Fields and allotments either side of Barnett Wood Lane:

Housing & Traveller’s Site Plan Consultation: 2014

– Green Belt fields either side of Barnett Wood Lane and the allotments
– Proposed development of 500 houses

If this development goes ahead this will affect Ashtead residents as well as Leatherhead.

What impact will this have?

  • Increased traffic – it is estimated an extra 2,260 trips per day, on already busy roads.
  • Loss of open green space between the village of Ashtead and the town of Leatherhead, merging the two and creating urban sprawl from Epsom to Bookham
  • Loss of open views and wildlife corridor which is vital for deer, badgers and smaller mammals
  • Loss of biodiversity and ecology from fields and allotments
  • School places, estimated need is 200 primary places and the local schools are already full. Where will these children go? They can’t walk to a local school so more car trips needed. Secondary schools also nearly full.
  • Increased risk of flooding due to building on green fields
  • Loss of the allotments, suitable alternative sites have not yet been found
  • More air pollution from increased cars and light pollution from housing
  • Loss of protected Green Belt

The consultation closes on Friday 7th March 2014.


Comments can also be e-mailed to or sent to the Council Offices (Pippbrook, Dorking, RH4 1SJ). Hard copies of the consultation documents are also available to view at Pippbrook, the Leatherhead HelpShop and all libraries.

MAKE SURE YOU PUT THE SITE REFERENCE NO. LH14 in any correspondence.