Area Proposal

The objective is to define the Geographic Area which embraces:

The electoral ward known as Ottershaw was established in May 2019. The revised boundaries were designated, to broadly equate electoral numbers across all Runnymede wards. In doing so, areas of the previous Foxhills ward, (Lyne and Longcross) were detached and other areas were added (West Addlestone, and parts of Rowtown). These changes did not recognise  the natural ‘community’ nor ‘neighbourhood’ of the locality.

Ottershaw was originally three small hamlets: Chertsey Lane End, Brox and Spratts, and derived its name from the nearby Ottershaw Park estate. It was originally in the Parish of Chertsey and was briefly in the new parish of Addlestone before the parish of Ottershaw was formed in 1871. The geographic area of the parish was extended in 1966 by the Church Commissioners under the New Parish Measures provisions of 1943, to include the part of the parish of Addlestone where Spratts was situated. The map alongside shows the enlargement of the parish of Ottershaw. The ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw is centred on Christ Church but in this part of Surrey the parish has no administrative responsibility in local government.

The boundaries are shown on the 1871 Enclosures Map reproduced with the permission of the Ottershaw Society.

Ottershaw Village is a small and self-contained village and its environment is rural. It is bounded by the separate communities of Lyne, Longcross, Rowtown, Woodham, Addlestone and Chertsey. In addition, it is bounded in small part by the M25, by St Peters Way dual carriageway and is dissected and crossed by the A320 and A319 main through routes, and by local distributer roads Stonehill Road, Spinney Hill and Brox Road.

 

Ottershaw has a church, schools, a village hall, a pub, shops, a post office, restaurants, a social club, recreational spaces, cricket and bowls clubs, medical and dental practices along with a number of business premises including a private golf club all of which establish it as a well-defined ‘entity’. It is surrounded by areas of private open space such as Great Grove Farm, the Christmas Tree Farm, Queenwood Golf Course, and Ash Farm, with parkland residential enclaves (Ottershaw Park and Anningsley Park). There are also public open spaces including Ottershaw Memorial Playing Fields, Ether Hill, Timber Hill, Ottershaw Copse and Hare Hill Open Space. 

The proposal for an Ottershaw Neighbourhood plan is made following a leaflet drop to every household in the Ottershaw ward which called for expressions of interest in forming such a plan. There were then 3 rounds of electronic consultation with the 19 members of the Area Working Group. The area proposed for inclusion in the plan is all of the Ottershaw ward, including the parish of Ottershaw but excluding the area east of and separated by, the M25 which is historically and continues to be part of the Addlestone community. It also excludes the part of Rowtown bounded by Hare Hill, Spinney Hill and Ongar Hill, which is a part of the larger Rowtown community.

A map of the Proposed Ottershaw Neighbourhood Plan Area is shown below.

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Legend:

Dotted red lines: ward boundary

Blue shaded area: Ottershaw Neighbourhood Area.

The boundary is described below and larger scale plans will be provided to show detailed boundaries where necessary.

 

The boundary of the proposed Ottershaw Neighbourhood Plan area is::

  • Beginning in the north- west on Stonehill Road (which is also the ward boundary) from Homewood Park as far as Gracious Pond Road.

  • Turning south along Bridleway 107 and left along the rear boundary fences of the properties on Stonehill Road, it continues inside the line of Bridleway 107 until the right turn of the Bridleway, where the ward boundary passes along fields to the corner of Queenwood Golf Club car park

  • Still following the ward boundary, it turns south east alongside Hawks Hill to the Junction with the A319 Chobham Road.

  • It then continues south-south east along the ward boundary, over the River Bourne and to the Bourne Ditch which it follows up to the A320 and River Bourne bridge (Durnford Bridge). It then follows the Bourne through Anningsley Park to the rear of Bourne Valley Nursery and Capital House. It then turns left, still following the ward boundary and passes around the boundary fencing of Rose Park mobile home park joining Foot Path 21 along its northern edge.

  • It then heads north, still along the ward boundary, but leaving FP21, to the right of Ash Farm and parallel to Ash Farm drain, until it meets FP 22. It then turns east along FP22 until it meets FP28 heading north up to FP27.

  • It turns right in an easterly direction along FP27 and then turns left heading along FP53 still on the ward boundary.

  • It leaves FP53 at the corner of Row Hill heading north on the ward boundary and side boundary of no 16 Row Hill. It now LEAVES THE WARD BOUNDARY for the first time, and turns left heading West along the rear boundary fences of properties on The Ridings.

  • It turns right heading north along the rear boundary of Mara Lodge and Garter Cottage until it meets Hare Hill. The proposed Neighbourhood Plan area boundary then heads left along Hare Hill to its junction with Spinney Hill, close to Spratts Lane.

  • The boundary then turns right along Spinney Hill and runs to the junction with FP57. It turns left (north) along FP57 until it meets the drain behind Creepers Nursery and the Scouts' Hut building. It turns right and runs along the drain until it meets the boundary of the M25 where it rejoins the ward boundary.

  • It then runs north along the M25 and ward boundary up to the boundary of St Peters Way where It then turns west along the ward boundary with St Peters Way until it meets the A320 Guildford Road roundabout.

  • It turns north for a short distance along the A320 up to the St Peters Hospital Roundabout and then heads west along the boundary between St Peters Hospital and Homewood Park, also the ward boundary, terminating at Stonehill Road adjacent to Homewood Park car park.

This completes the circumnavigation of the proposed Ottershaw Neighbourhood Plan area boundary.

The rationale for the inclusion or exclusion of areas within the proposed Plan area is as follows:

  1. Ottershaw village is a well-established historic and self-contained community, with its own village character and ‘feel’.

  2. It is a semi-rural environment surrounded by large rural areas of green spaces and woods, which are predominantly designated Green Belt.

  3. It was established as a separate parish in 1871 and the proposed Plan area, embraces all the present parish plus small additions.

  4. The wish is to keep the Plan area relatively compact and self-contained and focused on the character of the local area.

  5. The area of the ward east of the M25 is excluded because it has no natural community connection with Ottershaw, and is physically separated by the M25. It is known as West Addlestone and is physically and environmentally part of Addlestone. In the first call for expressions of interest in producing a Neighbourhood Plan, no residents of this area responded with interest.

  6. The southern part of Rowtown/Spinney Hill area has been excluded as the whole area of Rowtown is considered to be a separate community in its own right. A Neighbourhood Plan for this area should include the whole of Rowtown including all that outside of the Ottershaw ward boundary. Only one resident of this area expressed a wish to be a part of the Neighbourhood Plan for Ottershaw. This was primarily for a single interest in protecting a small green area in the middle of the residential development. However, since areas included in the Neighbourhood Plan must be contiguous, it is not appropriate or permitted to include such an area in Ottershaw's Neighbourhood Plan. Such concerns can be addressed by support through resident organisations within the Ottershaw ward. The wider Rowtown residents do not generally consider themselves as a part of the Ottershaw community.

  7. A ‘natural division between Ottershaw and Rowtown has consistently been maintained in local plans and planning considerations, by preserving a separating green lung between the two communities. This separation is the line of division abetween the KT16 and KT15 postal districts.

  8. It is considered that the Ottershaw Neighbourhood Area should include the large surrounding ‘green open’ areas, including those with some existing residential property, in order that the Neighbourhood Plan may influence the further protection and needs in these sensitive areas against development pressures

  9. The proposed Neighbourhood Area includes the whole of Ottershaw ward except for the exclusions described previously.

The Ottershaw Neighbourhood Forum is a not-for-profit organisation set up as an Unicorporated Association.

It is a Neighbourhood Forum as defined in the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 as amended by the Localism Act 2011.

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