The speculative developers of Fairoaks Airport are proposing to build between 1500 and 2000 dwellings on 310 acres of Surrey Heath’s precious and unique Green Belt land.

We all recognise the housing crisis and the difficulty for young people and first-time buyers trying to join the property ladder and it is clear that a large number of homes do need to be built. The issue is the location and the nature of the housing. The plans for Fairoaks Airport don’t include energy efficient, sustainable and affordable homes for young people. The proposed development will consist of expensive, executive homes – these won't be affordable and they won't help solve the housing crisis.

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Choosing Fairoaks Airport as a location for the proposed development means it will not meet the Borough Council’s targets of being within a ten-minute walk of a railway station and within a five-minute walk of a reliable and frequent bus service. This means that the prospective occupants will be reliant on their cars. And with a likely average of two cars per household, 4,000 cars could be added to Chobham’s already heavily saturated road network.

The developers will also not be responsible for overseeing the construction work as they intend to secure planning permission and ‘flip’ the site to a building contractor in order to make as much money as possible in the shortest period of time.

The Expression of Interest was supported by both Surrey Heath Borough Council and Runnymede Borough Council on the basis that they would be partners with Fairoaks Garden Village Ltd. Flipping ownership as soon as planning permission is granted means the owners won’t be affected and would not care about the impact their proposal will have on the existing residents of Surrey Heath nor about the wilful destruction of part of the UK’s national infrastructure. It would also likely mean the purchaser paying over the odds and then having to reduce any community benefit or infrastructure improvements associated with the development.

Moreover, this is not the only development proposed for the area – the map above shows the development plans for up to 9,000 homes across a four-square-mile area of Surrey Heath. Setting a precedent by approving the proposal at Fairoaks Airport could pave the way for the complete destruction of the Green Belt.

The proposed development of Fairoaks Airport places a lot of what our community values under threat.

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