19/0235 Woodside Cottage, Chapel Lane

Woodside Cottage, Chapel Lane

What is it?
planning application to build 44 houses off Chapel Lane, with approximately 94 off-road parking places and some garages, but little or no scope for on-street parking

Where is it?
A meadow off Chapel Lane and the property known as Woodside Cottage.

The site is outlined in yellow on this plan from the council.

Where can I find out more?
The planning application can be seen on the SHBC website here. See the tab 'documents' for details.

We would draw your attention to the following, but we are not suggesting that these are the only documents of interest:

Pictorial site plan (here)

Detailed site plan

Parking plan, which appears to show 5 visitor parking places for the whole of the complex. (here)

Not a planning document as such, local residents have established an 'action group' with a facebook page @ChapelLaneActionGroup (here)


Can I express my opinion?

The published date for submitting comments was 1 May 2019 which has now passed. However, comments can usually still be made until the application is determined. You can check whether this has happened by looking at the application summary on the SHBC website here.

The council provides notes and guidance about making a comment or objection. This includes the opportunity to use an online form though a written letter is also acceptable.

The notes and guidance list what can, and cannot, be taken into account by the council when considering a planning application. If you are making an objection then it is no good saying "I don't like it", you have to be specific about what aspects of the application you think are wrong, for example "the height and size of the building is out of proportionn to its surrounding" - look at the list of 'material considerations' in the guidance notes and focus on these.

Who else could I write to?
You could make sure that our local councillors are aware of your views - but this is not a substitute for formally commenting to the council. You can find who our councillors are here, and by clicking on a name you can get their contact details.

If you can identify an issue that is not listed on this page then you can tell us by emailing bagshotsociety @ bagshotvillage.com

What is The Bagshot Society's view?
Bagshot Society has objected citing:
- Too many houses for that site
- Safety concerns about significant addional traffic using a narrow lane used by many pedestrians including those walking to/from the school and Waitrose.
- Will increase difficulty of exiting Lambourne Drive onto the A30 for much of the day.
- Insufficient visitor parking.
- The site is water meadow so increasing the risk of flooding on the site and adjoining areas.
- Loss of rural amenity with effect on wildlife.
- Contamination concerns from previous uses of the land.
- Increasing the strain on local infrastucture such as doctors, schools etc.

What do others think?
You can read the submissions so far published on the SHBC website here then click on the 'documents' tab and scroll down to 'Objection Support Letters'.

We are aware that others are commenting on at least the following:

44 houses is overdevelopment.
New houses are needed.
Chapel Lane is too narrow to support the traffic from the site.
Safety of children and other pedestrians using Chapel Lane and outside the School.
Inadequete parking for the number of cars that the residents can reasonably be expected to own, with no available on-street parking for residents and such as delivery vehicles.
Negative impact on surface water drainage increasing the flood risk for properties downhill.
Since this was the site of the village's Pest House (isolation for those with contageous diseases) there is the possibility that there are unrecorded burials on the site.
Adding to vehicular congestion & polution.
Compounding the problem of the already poor access onto the A30.
Loss of amenity (the open space even if it not public access).
Loss of wildlife habitat.
Insufficient local infrastructure.

Is there any advice about how best to object to, or support, a planning application?
  • Advice is provided by the council here. This includes a list of what are called 'material considerations'. These are things that are taken into account when considering an application.
  • Comments must be in writing (including email and their comment submission form) for the council to consider them.
  • Focus on matters that are 'material considerations'.
  • Don't rely upon someone else to lodge an objection. The more people who do so the better.
  • Use your own words. Don't copy-and-paste someone else's text, or reproduce someone's proform letter.
  • Comments made for previous applications will not be taken into account when a new application is being considered. If you consider that any such comments are relevant to the new application then they need to be submitted again.
    Similarly, any comments made prior to the application being submitted need to be sent again.
  • You must quote the application's reference number.


This summary of a planning application is provided as a service by The Bagshot Society for our village community.
While we have endeavoured to record what we perceive to be the key factors about this application we do not give any assurance, or accept any liability, as to its accuracy.
We have listed comments made by others in order that you may see as wide a range of opinions as practicable and does not imply our support for the comment, or even that we think they are valid.
You should check any facts that you wish to rely on by viewing the material published on the council's website, or visiting the council offices to view original material, or by making such other enquiries as are relevant to you.

You can search for, and view, all planning applications by visiting www.surreyheath.gov.uk and clicking through to 'Planning Application Search'.

Information was last modified: 14 Apr 2019 15:23