Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/370
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP6: River Thames and its Tributaries View all on this section
Respondent Runnymede Borough Council (Rac… View all by this respondent
Response Date 22 Jan 2020

Page 23- River Thames Scheme:

Point 8- RBC supports proposals for the wider River Thames Scheme and welcomes the proposed new footpath connection in Laleham as part of the recreational benefits the scheme will bring.

The emerging Local Plan policy for the Colne Valley Regional Park (CVRP) SP5, is supported in principle. The CVRP recently produced the Colne and Crane valleys Green Infrastructure Strategy
(through ARUP). This identifies opportunities for a new landmark development/gateway at the Two Rivers Shopping Area, between the River Ash corridor and the River Colne and opportunities for walking and cycling. The CVRP Community Interest Company (CVRP CIC) also considers this area to be one which could be enhanced through the removal of rubbish and improvement of the river banks etc.
https ://www. col neval leypark. org. u k/wp-content/u ploads/2019/ 1 0/G I-Strategy-AREA-3-South-Col ne­pages-50-60. pdf

This document could be referred to specifically in the Local Plan. This would help to steer Heathrow in the right direction in terms of Green & Blue Infrastructure (G&BI) connectivity links to and from adjoining areas. Given that RBC is commissioning work on its G&BI SPD, this might be an opportune time for the Councils to work together and with partners to deliver such enhancements.

Policy SP6, point 3 states that:

"Proposals for riverside development and improved facilities will need to demonstrate that there will be no unacceptable impact upon navigation, biodiversity, flood risk and landscape setting." 

Noting this, the Spelthorne -upon-Thames Town Centre expansion and proposed master plan would need to consider viability and deliverability in realistic terms on the basis that there are potential constraints and asks of developers in this area. 

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