Submission to call for sites
Redrow reached an agreement with Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd in January 2017 to extend the land to be promoted, after concluding that some residential development would be better placed on the section of previously developed land, closer to the existing urban area and taking greater advantage of the future Crossrail 2 rail station at Kempton Park.
The site comprises most of the operational area of the racecourse (including the majority of the all weather racetrack, associated stands and other ancillary facilities associated with racing activities), which includes a significant area of previously developed land. In addition the site includes the area of nonoperational land, located to the east of the operational area.
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.
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 publically 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.