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Application for over 500 new homes at Garlick's Arch approved

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Proposals to build more than 500 new homes at Garlick's Arch in Send were approved by our Planning Committee this week.

The applications, which were approved subject to S106 housing developer financial contributions, which are used to improve the area around new housing developments, are part of our 2019 Local Plan. Both will include a minimum of 40% affordable housing.

Lead Councillor for Development Management, Cllr Tom Hunt says:

"These sites will contribute 9% of the total supply of new houses required by our Local Plan in the next 5 years. The development will help us to renovate Ripley Village Hall, build a new sports pavilion at Send Recreation Ground, help fund early years, primary and secondary school education, and create a larger doctors surgery. There will also be new green spaces for residents to enjoy."

Both applications, 19/P/02223 and 20/P/01736, are an important part of our plans to build new houses in the borough. The designs for both developments have changed during the application.

Application 19/P/02223, on Portsmouth Road in Send, proposes up to 520 homes as well as open spaces, community facilities and six plots for a local community of travelling showpeople. Application 20/P/01736 is for 30 homes at Oldlands on Burnt Common Lane in Ripley. Both developments are expected to be completed by March 2025.

New roundabouts would be built to link the Portsmouth Road (B2215) and Clandon Road (A247). An improved bus route would use this link, with more services to Guildford. Extra cycle stands would be provided at Clandon Railway Station, an on-site car club for two cars would be created, and electric vehicle charging points installed. Renewable energy sources will supply the development.

The S106 contributions will help to provide education and healthcare facilities in the area, plus improvements to Ripley Village Hall and a new sports pavilion at Send Recreation Ground.