Policy A58 - Burnt Common

  1. I object to Policy A 58 at Burnt Common and to the proposed inclusion of Burnt Common as an Industrial Strategic Employment Site
  2. This previous allocation for B1c, B2 and B8 development was removed  from the 2014 draft due to all  the objections made previously.
  3. The word “minimum” is a change from the previous “maximum” in the 2016 plan and since that time there has been a decline in demand for industrial land. This change alone is unacceptable since even if there was a need to build 7,000 sq m at Burnt Common this development would only require 1.4 ha at a standard plot ratio density of 50% not 9.26 ha. There is no justification for zoning an additional 7.86 ha in the Green Belt. 
  4. There is in fact no justification for building anymore industrial development in the borough particularly at Burnt Common. The current industrial pipeline of granted consents of 38,357sqm in B1c, B2 or B8 use class space is double the 19,000 sq m said to be needed by Aecom who justify the need for new space on top of the existing pipeline by a completely unsubstantiated suggestion that “there is the possibility that some pipeline developments may not come forward at all, or be developed in different quantities by use class than has been consented .“ 
  5. There is no need to build industrial or warehouse development in the middle of the Green Belt when Slyfield and Guildford still have empty sites and industrial units.
  6. The 2017 Employment Land Need Assessment shows a reduction in demand to 3.9 hectares for industrial land for the whole borough not a huge over allocation of 9.26 hectares at Send in the Green Belt.
  7. The Employment Land Needs Assessment update 2017 (ELNA) states “that the pipeline for employment floorspace defined by planning permissions yet to be implemented and prior approvals suggests the potential for an additional 33,607sqm of B use class floorspace to come forward. This figure comprises a net loss of 4,750sqm of B1a use class floorspace and a net gain of 38,357sqm in B1c, B2 or B8 use class space.” 
  8. 38,357 sq m of B1c, B2 or B8 use class is quite sufficient supply for the plan period and is in fact more space than the 3.9 ha of industrial land that is said to be needed for the plan period by Aecom. Since if you were to develop 3.9 ha at a plot ratio of 50% it would provide new industrial development of 19,000 sq m approximately half of current planning permissions granted. This  does not justify the need for new development of industrial space on the Green Belt in such areas as Burnt Common. 
  9. The reality of demand for industrial space is that it is both nationally and locally in decline and this is evidenced by old existing permissions that have not been taken up and developed. The ELNA alludes incorrectly to the poor quality of existing space being a “constraint” on supply and fails to acknowledge that this assertion cannot apply to potential newly developed space e.g.  the undeveloped pipeline of 38,357sqm.
  10. The impact on small surrounding roads will create traffic gridlock.
  11. It will join up existing villages and defeat the purpose of the Green Belt.
  12. The ongoing poor quality of the updated research undertaken by Aecom in the Employment Land Needs Assessment 2017 does not support industrial development on land in the Green Belt at Burnt Common.
  13. The Aecom research is generally superficial and lacks sufficient detail and analysis between B1c, B2 and B8 use classes and no reliable individual analysis has been undertaken of the widely different supply and demand dynamics of light industrial, general industrial and warehousing and distribution floor space. 
  14. The potential inclusion of a waste management facility mentioned at paragraph 4.4.23a lacks enough detail for proper consultation and is completely inappropriate. 
  15. I object to the potential impact of para 4.4.23a on Burnt Common with its over allocation of industrial zoning is subterfuge for a waste management facility which is a dishonest and underhand approach to planning and proper consultation.


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