The Council understands that several plots of land are being marketed for sale on the south side of Old Guildford Road. Marketing indicates that the sites may be suitable for a number of uses including residential development. Potential purchasers should be aware that Land to the south of Old Guildford Road is subject to a number of designations which affect the suitability of the land for development. This includes the following:
- Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) - The Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (TBH SPA) was designated on 9th March 2005 and forms part of Natura 2000, a European-wide network of sites of international importance for nature conservation established under the European Community Wild Birds and Habitat directives. The TBH SPA is one of the South East's most important natural assets with the lowland heath supporting important populations of Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Woodlark - vulnerable ground-nesting birds.
No forms of development are considered acceptable within the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
- 400m Buffer Zone of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area - The impact of net new residential development within 400m of the SPA is likely to be such that it is not possible to conclude no adverse effect on the integrity of the SPA. Therefore there is a presumption against development that results in a net increase in residential units within the 400m buffer zone.
No net new residential development will be permitted within the 400m buffer zone.
- Ash to Brookwood Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) – Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) are designated at a national level.
No forms of development are considered acceptable within the SSSI
- Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) – These areas are designated by Surrey Heath Borough Council in consultation with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Nature Conservation Liaison Group. These areas are important both in their own right and as part of the matrix of wildlife sites across the Borough.
Development should not have an adverse effect on designated SNCI’s.
The site is also located within the Countryside Byeond the Green Belt.
Further information can be found about these constraints within the Planning Policy webpages, in documents such as the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area Avoidance Strategy Supplementary Planning Document.