A SIGNIFICANT proportion of affordable homes would be available if proposals to build on green belt land in Byfleet are approved.
More than 500 residents dropped in to a public consultation last week to hear the potential options for new community and recreation facilities.
The housebuilder Taylor Wimpey hosted two exhibitions at St Mary’s Centre for the Community, in Stream Close, where they presented a number of proposals for new facilities, including sports pitches and a country park on sites to the west and south of Byfleet.
Plans include a total of 220 new homes, around 90 of which have been earmarked as affordable. Residents are being invited to give their feedback on the options, which will help to more precisely determine the form and timescale of the builders’ plans.
The Regional Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey, Andrew Moore, said: “We were delighted with the number of people who came along to learn about the emerging plans for new community facilities in Byfleet.
“It was interesting to hear people’s views on the options for the land to the west and south of the village which, if progressed, will be put to good use for the benefit of residents and will deliver much needed new housing for local people.
“We take on board the residents’ concerns over changing the use of any greenfield sites in Byfleet, but we hope that people will recognise the need to improve sports and recreation facilities in the village – improvements that are only deliverable with funding provided by sustainable development.
“Any properties would include a significant proportion of affordable housing for the benefit of locals, as well as assisted housing where there is a need and support for it.
“We hope that as many people as possible will share their views and comments on the options we are presenting, to help us decide how best to move forward.”
Taylor Wimpey’s proposals relate to three sites to the west and south of Byfleet – land to the south of Parvis Road, to the south of Rectory Lane and Murrays Lane, and between Fullerton Road and the River Wey.
Potential options presented during consultation include the provision of new sports grounds and a pavilion with changing rooms on council-owned land adjacent to Byfleet Bowls Club in Rectory Lane, and a country park on the site near the River Wey.
Woking MP Jonathan Lord said: “I think the plans are interesting and I am very much looking forward to hearing the thoughts of Byfleet residents.”
New and refurbished tennis courts and new visitor parking are also among the options, and the proposal to dedi-cate enough land to the council to allow it to explore the potential for new flood defence works at Byfleet.
If they were to go ahead the community facilities would be funded by the provision of new Taylor Wimpey homes, while the company would also make financial contributions towards local highways, schools and community projects.