During April 2018, the local community was invited to see the latest proposals for Fairoaks Garden Village. The exhibitions were an opportunity to view the latest proposals, talk with members of the team and give comments. Exhibition boards can be downloaded here.
Fairoaks Garden Village Ltd (FGV) is planning an exemplar garden village community, together with business units, on land currently used as Fairoaks Airport.
Fairoaks Garden Village will provide a range of high quality housing, new business space and community facilities, and provide a significant area of recreational green space known as SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace).
Last year the FGV team held a community planning weekend to create a vision for Fairoaks Garden Village. Since then, the team has been assessing comments received on the vision, undertaking further technical studies and developing the proposals in consultation with key stakeholders.
A well-connected, enterprising 21st century village community that will: protect and create over 1,400 jobs across a variety of employment types; provide a wide range of homes to suit different needs and incomes; offer the opportunity for local governance; and deliver a new primary school and innovative healthcare services; all set within a rich green landscape.
Revised proposal includes:
- A new Southern link will enable access through the village from North to South.
- Additional employment space will increase the number of jobs at Fairoaks to over 1,400.
- The number of homes has been reduced from 1,500 to 1,000.
- The density of development has been reduced and the amount of open space increased to over 54 acres.
- There will be 5.6 miles (9Km) of tracks, trails and footpaths through the village to increase access for riders, cyclists and pedestrians connecting to the wider network.
- SANG land covering over 137 acres will be created for the local communities.
Artist’s impression looking west towards the Village Green
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.
On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February 2017, 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 2017.