Local Plan: Lingfield residents form action group

With comments on the soundness of the Tandridge District Council Local Plan due to end on September 10, several Lingfield residents have formed an action group to protest at fields in part of the conservation area of the village being allocated for housing development.

The Star Fields Action Group (SFAG) has been launched to help co-ordinate the opposition to the Star Fields – they lie behind Lingfield’s Star pub – and a public meeting to draw up battle plans is being held at the village’s St Peter & St Paul Church on Wednesday, September 5 at 7.30pm.

The Star Fields Action Group says the controversial decision to build on the fields has been taken with no consultation, threatening the heritage setting below Lingfield’s Old Town area.

The site (HSG12) had been ruled out in earlier drafts of the Local Plan due to its sensitive nature. Formerly known as LIN 030, it was the least preferred site for residents consulted by the Neighbourhood Plan steering group.

STAG Chairman Ian Jones said: “We are delighted that we have already secured the support of local Tandridge District councillors Liz Lockwood and Mark Ridge in opposing this awful development proposal. It would permanently damage the heart of our village by destroying the conservation area.”

The Group will be working with the local community to frame responses to the Tandridge Local Plan.

Guidelines on how to respond have been prepared by the Parish Council and are now available from the Lingfield Parish Council website and also at www.lingfield.info

Email directly to starfields2018@gmail.com or look at the website https://www.starfields.info/

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