A message from Ashtead Conservatives about plans for nearly 1,000 new homes in the village
Mole Valley District Council is planning to give permission for the development of nearly 1,000 new homes at the top of Ermyn Way. The plans also include provision for a traveller site alongside the new development.
Our MP Chris Grayling has already lodged his objection to the proposal, which is part of the Council’s local development plan for the coming decade. The plan is currently going through different stages of consultation.
We are not opposed to any new housing in Ashtead. We need to make it easier for people to get onto the housing ladder and to make sure we have affordable homes locally.
But we think the impact of such a big development close to the junction of the A24 and Grange Road, with all the schools alongside, would be hugely disruptive to the area. In addition, much of the proposed development is on green belt land, and we think that allocating it for housing is a dangerous precedent for Ashtead.
We also think that the Liberal Democrats who control Mole Valley Council now are deliberately locating most of the new housing that is needed in Ashtead and Leatherhead, away from the areas represented by most of their councillors.
Instead, we believe that housing should be spread across the district, with small infill developments in villages which would serve to strengthen local communities and help support local businesses there.
We are planning to submit a petition from local residents in support of this different approach and asking them to think again about the scale of development in Ermyn Way.
If you agree with us, please sign the petition form and ask your friends to do the same.