News Release

Redrow Homes has submitted its representations to the Council’s call for sites exercise for the entirety of the land at Kempton Park, including the operational areas of the racecourse and other associated buildings.  

Redrow reached an agreement with Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd in January 2017 to extend the land within their agreement, after concluding that some development would be better placed on the previously developed section of the site, which is close to the existing urban centre and benefits from greater proximity to the railway station and the future Crossrail 2 route. The total gross developable area now stands at approximately 230 acres and Redrow’s initial capacity studies indicate that the site could provide for circa 3,000 new homes. Redrow wish to make it absolutely clear that it is not suggesting that the entire site is built on and this move could allow for the retention of a significant area of Green Belt, alongside the provision of other publicly accessible on-site open space.Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd fully supports this move as an enabling measure, facilitating comprehensive re-investment in its other UK racing facilities for the betterment of the horseracing industry. Kempton Park Racecourse will continue to stage its racing fixtures and other events while this process is underway. If the proposals are successful and approved through the planning system, starting with the local plan then there would be a phased release of the site. It is anticipated that racing would continue until at least 2021, providing ample time for their relocation. Racing in Surrey will not be lost. The Jockey Club remains committed to investing in racing in Surrey and including a major boost to the facilities at nearby Sandown Park, which is less than six miles away.

Although we are acutely aware of the sensitivities surrounding this site, we hope that this latest development may be seen as an opportunity for Spelthorne to provide a substantial element of its residual housing need on one site, which includes brownfield land and allows for the retention of a significant area of the Green Belt in this location.

The increase in unit numbers will make a significant contribution towards meeting the local housing need, delivering around four years of the Borough’s housing need on one site and supporting the local community in this respect. In addition to housing, the site could deliver significant improvements to the local road network, particularly at Sunbury Cross and has the potential to deliver a new school, health facilities, shops and other community facilities.