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The Development Plans

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

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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Why campaign?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

No Fairoaks New Town is a campaign group of local residents, aviators and business owners who object to the inappropriate proposed development of Fairoaks Airport. The proposal, called Fairoaks Garden Village, was supported by both Surrey Heath Borough Council and Runnymede Borough Council when it was unveiled.

This proposal appeared without consultation with the local residents and the Expression of Interest from the current owners of the airfield failed to achieve support from the Homes and Communities Agency in 2016.

Moreover, the proposed development would have a number of negative impacts on the local area. Should planning permission be granted, it would set a precedent across Surrey which would leave the county’s precious and unique Green Belt under threat.

The proposed development would also cause all aviation activities to cease for ever. Fairoaks Airport has been a vital part of the UK’s General Aviation infrastructure network since 1937 making our campaign not only a local issue but also one of great significance to the nation.

We supported a petition to Surrey Heath Borough Council run by the Chobham Society which received 5,348 signatures – the largest in the Borough’s history. It triggered a Full Council Debate which was held on 26th July 2017. However, rather than recognise the huge support from their electorate, the Council voted 29-5 to “note the petition but take no further action”. Please sign up for our newsletters and alerts to hear about our next steps and to show your support for our campaign.

No Fairoaks New Town was founded by Krikor Krikorian and is funded by donations from local residents, business owners, aviators and environmentalists keen to save this important community asset. Please donate to help support our campaign and to save Fairoaks Airport and the Green Belt.

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We are delighted to have the support of the General Aviation Infrastructure Network (GAIN) who are campaigning for a national network of General Aviation airfields, of which Fairoaks should continue to be a vital part.

MP affirms support for Fairoaks Airport

Monday, 10 July 2017

Our MP, the Rt Hon Michael Gove (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), visited Fairoaks Airport on 7th July 2017 at our invitation to hear firsthand about the importance of the airport to the local community.

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GAIN supports No Fairoaks New Town campaign to save local airfield

Friday, 07 July 2017

GAIN (The General Aviation Infrastructure Network) has announced its support for the No Fairoaks New Town campaign group which has been campaigning for the protection of Fairoaks Airport (Chobham, Surrey) since February 2017 when plans were unveiled without consultation to build a 2,000-home garden village development on the site of the historic licenced General Aviation (GA) airfield.

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Petition triggers debate

Friday, 30 June 2017

The success of New Fairoaks New Town's petition was reported in the local media, including the 30 June 2017 edition of the Surrey Advertiser.

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Gove signs petition

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Surrey Heath Conservative Association back our campaign against Fairoaks New Town! Take a look at their new facebook cover photo taken at this year’s Chobham Carnival when MP Michael Gove signed our petition.

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To Dublin for a Heart

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

Fairoaks is the only airport in Surrey and probably in the South East that can be operated 24/7 for medical emergencies and organ air transport services with the personnel able to attend to refuel, provide fire cover and the control tower facility at a moment’s notice, so that these vital flights can take place.  There were 152 such medical flights/movements recorded at Fairoaks in 2016.

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