We have recently received evidence of Surrey County Council’s aspirations for Newlands Corner. SCC applied to the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in 2014 for funding to develop Newlands Corner. LEPs are government-sponsored organisations which give grants for business-orientated projects. Even we have been shocked by the scale of what SCC wants to do. It plans the “redevelopment and extension” of this iconic site for economic reasons, and says it will serve as a “trailblazer” for work on other iconic sites in Surrey and neighbouring counties. We have stated many times that the proposals would have implications for the rest of the SCC Countryside Estate, but this is much more than we anticipated. Fortunately, the application was refused. However, SCC’s intentions do not seem to have changed as it is ploughing ahead with the same proposals.
Click here to see the unabridged text from SCC’s application.