‘Redesignated November 2021’
The Forum has worked extremely hard over the last couple of years. It has had to:
A Neighbourhood Plan proposes what can be permitted in the area but requires robust evidence to support such proposals; from professional studies, surveys and expert testimony on:
Proposals must be founded on consultation with local residents, employers and employees and regular visitors to shops and the rural areas such as the canal paths and woods within and around the village.
In order to fund the professional work needed, the Committee has had to secure some funding and continues to seek more; not an easy task. To date we have received 2 reports on Employment and Heritage &Character Assessment and are busy commissioning more.
Public consultation is a key element of the Neighbourhood Plan and we have held 2 public events as well as circulating individual consultation questionnaires at a variety of events including the one held by the developers of the Princess Royal Barracks site on 7th September 2016. The questionnaire is available on the Your Views page of this website.
We continue to work hard on all aspects of the plan but would welcome additional support, from individuals or organisations. Such support could be in dedicated time to assist on the committee, professional expertise or with some of the consultation work or through financial aid to help build up the funds necessary to complete the plan and prepare it for its public vote.
Do please get in touch if you feel you can help, we would love to hear from you:
As a service to interested Deepcut residents, and for their ease of reference, the following information is provided regarding a recent Consultative Meeting held relating to the development of the Princess Royal Barracks (PRB) site which is outside the Neighbourhood Forum’s Designated Area.
MINDENHURST (Princess Royal Barracks Site) UPDATE EVENT – 7 SEPTEMBER 2016
Studio-Hive, developers for Mindenhurst (Princess Royal Barracks site) held a public update event in the Spar Hall on 7 September 2016.
Maps of the latest site layout, schedule of works and explanatory boards on key elements of the site development along with staff responsible for various aspects of the development such as infrastructure and transport planning were present to answer queries.
The footfall over the 7 hours was approximately 150 attendees and many sought clarification from the development staff.
It is our understanding that the site layout map and planned schedule of works may be displayed in a public location for perusal by those unable to attend on the 7 th .
We noted that the primary school location is back to its original area and that work to
remove the Japanese Knotweed, some preparatory ground clearing has started and
commencement of constructing the Northern Access Roundabout by Newfoundland
Road/Blackdown Road will begin this autumn.
Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum (DNF) committee members were also present at the event.
Many visitors to the exhibition were kind enough to voice their preferences for a future Deepcut Village or took the questionnaire away to respond further at their leisure. Feedback from this event is shown on the Your Views page of this website.
Please take a few minutes to look at our "Your Views" page where we have some questionnaires that we would like you to fill in. Your opinions and views are important to us and we are keen to hear them.
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On Wednesday 29th July, there was a tremendous turnout to for an online meeting about the Frimley Green Traffic Lights or Roundabouts which went really
well. It was hosted by Councillor Paul Deach and Michael Gove MP gave a clear message of his support to get things started.
At the end of the meeting there was a poll which resulted in a resounding 100% vote for the Mytchett, Frimley Green & Deepcut Society (MFGD) design to enhance the existing roundabouts (Option B) rather than traffic lights (Option A). That poll has now been opened up to everyone who could not attend the meeting and the DNF encourages as many people as possible to vote - and to pass on this message to friends and neighbours too.
Both the Borough Council and the County Council Highways were represented at the meeting and they seem willing to change the plan for traffic lights and adopt the MFGD Society design for improved roundabouts but votes are needed to seal the deal.
You can vote here: www.lights.vote.deachy.uk
Residents will be pleased to learn that the application to build 12 houses in Bellew Road was rejected by the Surrey Heath Borough Council Planning Committee on Thursday 20th July.
It was reassuring to note that the councillors on the Planning Committee expressed their desire to maintain the green space around Bellew Road.
We would like to thank all of you who signed the petition organised by the Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum or wrote individual letters of objection. We are sure that this made a difference.
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The night before the public consultation, selected stakeholders and
representatives of local groups were invited to a preview of the exhibition
and a pre-meeting.
This was a constructive meeting that allowed early access to the latest
thinking on the masterplan in advance of the public engagement on 24th
Paul Deach, before the Stakeholders pre-meeting, was invited to speak at
the 12th Sept DVC public consultation meeting, with a simple purpose - to
assist the DNF Committee to recruit more help, or alternatively, the
Neighbourhood Development Plan will not be able to be delivered.
Second consultation by Studio Hive held at the Deepcut Garrison Hall
on 24th July 2015.
Some of the earlier feedback appears to have been adopted into the
revised masterplan (i.e. reduced supermarket size and location), and many
of the same concerns still exist (i.e. Traffic, Deepcut Bridge).
The good news is that Studio Hive have been listening to feedback, and
are prepared to be flexible in parts, hence the changes adopted that have
already improved on the approved outline planning permission for PRB
(accepting that some things are fixed already and will not change such as
the number of dwellings).
Established contact for the DNF with Steve, the Army liaison point for
Studio Hive and invited him to attend meeting on 12th September at DVC.
Reminded James of the invite to Studio Hive and that they would get 15/20
mins to provide their update on how the wider Deepcut will be impacted by
the PRB. This session is not intended to focus on ‘inside the security
fence’, instead it is intended to focus on the wider impact across Deepcut.
Established contact for the DNF with David Turton the DIO project manager
on the PRB move to Worthy Down (both for Army leaving Deepcut and
move into Worthy Down) and invited him to attend meeting on 12th
September at DVC.
Both will be useful people to have in the crowd at the DNF consultation,
that will no doubt mingle with questions at this event.
Some Dettingen residents raised significant concerns at this consultation
event with their opposition to the position of the proposed primary school.
Recommendation was for a separate meeting to help resolve the matter by
engaging with local residents and listening to their concerns. Proposed a
meeting with a select group of representatives to help address their
concerns. This meeting idea went down well, and we are following up with
Discussions also progressed with Emma Reed, who is a qualified
landscape architect, and works for HML architects. She was helpful and
constructive. When DNF’s recent experiences with third party technical
consulting services for assessments were explained, she offered to speak
with us about the matter. DNF does not have the breadth of experience to
understand the implications and merits of one assessment against another,
and to be able to understand which should be our priority. Emma offered to
help where she could. This might lead to a further meeting, or perhaps
initially a call with select DNF committee members to improve
The time scales for the departure of the army appeared to have moved
again, perhaps 6 month earlier than previous (moved now to mid/late
2019). Obviously these dates are, and will remain, subject to change.
Throughout the consultation process, which was attended by over 200
people, many discussions took place with the experts present
(Skanska/Studio Hive/Army/DIO/…), and between members of the local
community learning from each other and sharing views.
All attendees, and all who were unable to attend, are encouraged to
document their feedback on the provided form before the 10th August
The feedback form and the exhibition boards (in two pdf’s) are available at
the following location:
or the DNF Facebook page:
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