Update on Weybridge Business Park Appeal
The public inquiry to determine the Weybridge Business Park appeal opens on 6th February in Runnymede Civic Centre In Addlestone and is expected to last 12 days. More information here.
It will consider the effect of the massive proposed warehousing development on the following:
- The character and appearance of the surrounding area, including the Wey Navigation Conservation area.
- The living conditions of nearby residents, including noise and the likely comings and goings of large goods vehicles.
- The safety and convenience of users of the adjacent and nearby highway network and on sustainable travel options in the area.
The last concern is the one that most affects us here in Weybridge and the Society will be actively participating in the appeal process as an interested party with ‘Rule 6’ status. Our team has been working very hard to put together ‘proofs of evidence’ to disprove the claim that the development would not result in severe pressure on highway capacity or give rise to increased highway safety issues. We are having to do this because traffic was not given as a reason for refusal by the local authority and is therefore not being covered in the defence of their decision to refuse the application.
Although it’s a ‘speculative development’ with a range of possible uses, we are still assuming that a parcel distribution centre with an as-yet-unknown tenant is a likely option which must be strongly challenged.
The Poets Corner Residents Group, who represent people living in the immediate vicinity of the estate, also have Rule 6 status and will be concentrating on the first two points above. They have written an article which is on page 14 of this month’s Weybridge Life magazine.
We are grateful to those residents who have submitted comments on this appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. It is possible for members of the public to speak at the event. This would be ideally on the first day of the inquiry or as soon as possible afterwards.
Should you want to do this, you are requested to submit a copy of your statement to the Planning Inspectorate by 30th January; email email@example.com for further information or if you have any other questions about the appeal.