In line with national government requirements, Surrey Heath BC has to consider what land may be available to meet the needs of future development in the Borough, in particular to the availability of brownfield land and publicly owned land.
To this end, the Council has been working with government through the one Public Estate Programme, which seeks to release surplus publicly owned land for residential use, and the Garden Village programme to determine as to whether such land will be available in the Borough.
The majority of publicly owned land in the borough is Ministry of Defence land. Two potential sites were identified through the Cabinet Office One Public Estate programme. These sites were Land at Frith Hill Deepcut and Staff College London Road Camberley. The Cabinet Office also recognised that the previously developed land at Fairoaks could become available and this site was submitted to the programme. However it was determined that as the land was in private ownership it should not be considered under the One Public Estate Programme.
Following a review of these sites the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (part of the MOD) has confirmed that Frith Hill is required for operational purposes and is not available. The Defence Infrastructure Organisation considers that there may be some capacity for development at the Staff College site once a current review of operational needs on the site is completed. The Council will continue to work with the MOD to explore this possibility and to ensure that if land was available it comes forward in a way that benefits the residents of Surrey Heath.
With regard to the Garden Village bid, the Council submitted a garden village bid in regard of Fairoaks airfield.
Detail of the bid and letters from the Home and Communities Agency (HCA) can be viewed at the following link:
Whilst the garden village bid was not successful, government has awarded Surrey Heath BC capacity funding as part of a supplementary support package to help the Council develop its thinking and strategy for a garden village proposal.