Fairoaks Garden Village Ltd is in the early stages of planning an exemplar Garden Village development on land currently used as Fairoaks Airport together with business units. The development will help Surrey Heath Borough Council meet its need for high-quality housing, new business space and community facilities.
The development proposals, which would see airport operations cease, could include around 1,500 new homes, commercial buildings, a new primary school, health care facilities and a nursery. In addition, proposals will include a significant area of recreational green space known as Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). Those businesses currently on site and not reliant on runway operations will be encouraged to remain and occupy the proposed new business premises, helping to create a thriving, mixed use community which could lead to additional jobs on the site in the future.
The owners are committed to working closely with the local community to bring forward the best possible proposals for the site. Architects and Masterplanning practice JTP has been appointed to facilitate the Community Planning Process and create a Vision for Fairoaks Garden Village.
Community Planning Weekend
On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February, the local community was invited to the Fairoaks Garden Village Community Planning Weekend to help create the Vision for a sustainable new Garden Village on land situated south of the A319 between Chobham and Ottershaw. The Community Planning Weekend was an opportunity to share local knowledge and help shape the plans by joining the design team in workshops, walkabouts and hands-on planning groups. There was also an exhibition explaining the background of the proposal. Participation was on a drop-in basis with no need to pre-register - participants could stay for a short while, a few hours or for the whole event if they were able to. Team members were on hand to answer questions.
Report Back Presentation
After the public workshop days, the JTP led team analysed and summarised the outcomes to draw up a Vision for Fairoaks Garden Village. This was presented back to the local community at Chobham Village Hall at 7pm, Wednesday 1 March.
Following the creation of the Vision, the design team will develop the proposals in consultation with the community, including further public events, and prepare a planning application.