Both the Brookwood News and Meeting Documents sections have been updated.

Were you one of the 85 people who turned out to hear Iain Wakeford present a talk on the history of Brookwood?  I found it to be a thoroughly interesting evening and judging by the applause I reckon that many of you did too.  The BVA committee hope to be able to sponsor some more evenings such as this so please let us know what you thought and any ideas you might have for future talks or perhaps walks by commenting on this post.

Oh, I’ve also updated the BVA Meeting documents and Brookwood News sections.

The BVA cordially invite you to a talk by local historian Iain Wakeford on Thursday 5th November 2009 at Brookwood School with light refreshments available from 19:30 followed by the talk from 20:00.

Using old maps and photographs Iain will chart the story of the local area from medieval times, when it was a wooded part of the Manor of Woking, through the immense changes of the Victorian period, with the coming of the cemetery and the Necropolis Company’s land sales – to the present day.

The first part will be something of an illustrated history lesson, but as we move on to look at the many Victorian and Edwardian postcards of the village the talk will become more of a trip down memory lane and a chance for newcomers to Brookwood village to see what the village streets were like before the motor car too9k over.

Please do join us for what promises to be a thoroughly interesting and free event – there is no need to book a ticket in advance, just turn up and enjoy.

New Sites for New Homes

Woking Council in their “Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment” has earmarked a number of local sites for new home developments, including:-

  • Brookwood Farm, Bagshot Road
  • (part of) Car park at Hunters Lodge pub
  • Five acres, Brookwood Lye Road
  • Blackhorse nurseries, Blackhorse Road
  • Ten Acre Farm, Smarts Heath Road
  • Land west & North of Saunders Lane
  • The Mount in Knaphill
  • The car park opposite The Vyne in Knaphill
  • The former Botany Barns site in Knaphill
  • The Woking College site in Rydens Way, Old Woking

The potential developments will all take place between now and 2026. The council must ensure that 292 new homes are built in the borough every year for the next 17 years.

You can view the assessment documentation at http://www.woking.gov.uk/planning/policy/ldfresearch/shlaa

Woking Council has received a further planning request in respect of 5 Acres caravan site.

The new application (PLAN/2009/0590) is for the reconfiguration of an existing site layout on land with existing permission for stationing of caravans for residential gypsy use and change of use of adjacent land to provide seven additional residential gypsy pitches with ancillary utility/dayrooms and hardstanding. The application indicates that there will be a minimum of two parking places for vehicles of up to 3.5T per plot.

This would be in addition to the 10 pitches already approved.


Surrey County Council has been advised by Arriva bus company of a change they intend to make to their service 28 from 1 September 2009. This service is in the main run on a commercial basis, without contractual obligations to the County Council. It is not subsidised by the public purse except in respect of evening journeys between Woking and Horsell. In general, service 28 runs once per hour on Mondays to Saturdays.

As the service in its current form is now regarded by Arriva as no longer being commercially-viable, they propose to operate it with one less bus. This means that it will only run from Guildford as far as the Sainsbury Store at Redding Way, Knaphill, still on an hourly basis. Under current legislation, such a decision is Arriva’s prerogative and the change was not instigated by the County Council.

For those wishing to reach Guildford and other points west of Knaphill from Woking and Goldsworth Park, a facility will be offered by changing buses from frequent service 91 to service 28 at Knaphill Sainsburys, with through fares available.

The Horsell area will lose its links to places served by route 28, although the hourly Countryliner service 73 will continue to run to/from Woking. However, service 73 operates via Meadway Drive, Ormonde Road, Bury Lane and Well Lane, rather than Bullbeggars Lane, High Street, Church Hill and Brewery Road as served by route 28. With regret, for reasons of budgetary constraint the County Council is not in a position to provide a separate alternative to the 28 in the Horsell area. An assessment of the actual impact in Horsell of the withdrawal of service 28 is informed by the fact that Arriva advise that they only carry around 6 or 7 people a day between Horsell and Woking.

Service 28 is used by a number of students to travel to/from Woking High School. Arriva will continue to provide a homeward journey in the afternoon but will not provide a morning journey. Students from Brookwood and Knaphill can use service 48 to access the school in the morning but the small number from Goldsworth Park will in future need to take service 91 into Woking and change there to either the 48 or the 462 to continue to the school.

The hourly evening journeys provided between Woking and Horsell by Arriva on service 28 under contract to the County Council will be re-numbered 73 and will operate on a circuit from Woking via Brewery Road, Church Hill, High Street, Ormonde Road, Well Lane and Lockfield Drive back into town.


Rushmoor Council has received a further application to increase the number of flights from Farnborough Airport from 28,000 to a maximum of 50,000 movements per annum (including an increase at weekends and bank holidays from 5,000 to 8,900 per annum).

The proposal would almost double the already significant level of noise and disturbance arising from aircraft movements over Brookwood and the surrounding area. In particular the increase at weekends and bank holidays would cause maximum disturbance to residents.

The BVA have arranged a petition opposing this application and we would urge you to sign it as soon as possible. The petition is available for signature at Fulks, Tudor News, Bentleys Garage and the Post Office. 

…The petition is now closed and has been presented to Rushmore BC along with a letter from the BVA.  Thanks to the 148 people who signed the petition. 

UPDATE: August 2009

The consultation ended on 27 July 2009.  The Council is now considering the large amount of technical information submitted with the application, along with the representations that have been received from public consultation. No date has yet been set for a committee meeting to determine the application, but an announcement will be made nearer the time, and those who made comments will be notified. 

Based on reviewing the information submitted in the application about air quality issues (odour and noise will be assessed by external consultants) Environmental Health has unfortunately raised no objection to this application.


From an earlier post on this site…

Farnborough Aerodrome has an Ordinary Licence (Number P864) granted by the CAA that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee (TAG Farnborough Airport Limited).  Brookwood village lies immediately below the flight path for the airport.  The major concern for the village is increased noise from low flying aircraft, as well as potential increased road traffic congestion. TAG took over control of the airport in 2003 when the MOD stopped operations there.

 Business aviation has increased from a low level in 1989 to around 19,000 movements in 2005 and around 27,000 in 2007. the airport is currently restricted to a maximum 28,000 movement a year, of which no more than 5,000 are permitted at weekends. TAG’s initial application to Rushmoor Borough council to raise the weekend limit from 2,500 to 5,000 movements was initially refused, but allowed in March 2008 upon appeal, following a public inquiry.

 In January 2009 TAG published a draft master plan for developing the airport. The plan states that the aerodrome expects to be hosting 50,000 flights by 2018, but doesn’t stop there:

“While the physical capacity of the airport could accommodate up to approximately 100,000 air traffic movements a year, approximately 50,000 a year until 2019 is being considered in light of current safety and environmental constraints…Given the forecast growth of business aviation and the airport’s unique position as a dedicated business aviation airport, it is possible that further expansion of the use of the airport may be sought in the period 2020 to 2030.” You can view the plan at http://www.farnboroughairportconsultation.com/

 Farnborough Council plan to publish their Rushmoor Local Plan in 2011.  This will set out how the council sees the area developing in the long term and include the airport.  The Council embarked on a public consultation specifically regarding the airport development plans and will make a decision over whether or not to grant planning permission for the increase in flights from 28,000 to 50,000 a year.  More information is available from www.rushmoor.gov.uk.

 At the March 2009 meeting of the Farnborough Aerodrome Consultative Committee (FACC), Brandon O’Reilly, the chief executive of TAG Farnborough Airport, the company that owns and operates the airfield, said that on a fairly typical day “last week” there were just 2.7 passengers per flight, adding that the actual average figure could be even lower.  He accepted that 2.5 passengers was probably a safe average.  According to green campaigners, such private jet passengers at Farnborough Airport cause more damage to the environment than users of any form of transport except space travel!

Those of you slightly more observant than I will have noticed that some work started on the canal tow path a couple of days ago and you may be wondering what it’s all about.   This is part of the investment that the Cycle Woking partnership are making “to upgrade the Basingstoke Canal towpath to provide a high quality east-west walking and cycling route via the town centre with links to local schools and local neighbourhoods” using funds provided by Cycling England.

The tow path between St Johns and Monument Bridge just past Woking town centre has already been completed and this work completes the sections from Monument Bridge to Sheerwater, from Pirbright Bridge to Brookwood crossroads and from Brookwood crossroads to Hermitage Bridge.  This latter section will be  on the North side of the canal for reasons I do not comprehend, thus necessitating some kind of road crossing rather than the more obvious route under the bridge avoiding the road.

The resurfacing is all to the same high standards and involves an all-weather gravel-type covering with a bitumen binder.  It is being managed by Sustrans who have been responsible for developing the National Cycle Network,  Safe Routes to Schools and various other projects relating to sustainable transport.

If you’re interested in the details of the work you should search for planning application PLAN/2008/1233 on the Woking Borough Council Planning web site.  The “Officers Report and Decisions” documentation provides a useful summary of the background, proposals, representations and recommendations.

It’s really great to see investment such as this directly benefiting the people of Brookwood.  My family are certainly very much looking forward to being able to make use of the fabulous resource that is the Basignstoke Canal all year round, whatever the weather.

Those of you who are members of the Surrey & Hampshire Canal Society will have no doubt read with concern in their summer issue of Basingstoke Canal News of “stormy weather and rocks ahead” over financing concerns.

Funding for the canal comes from local authorities, but due to lack of maintenance or lack of water, the canal is being closed more frequently. Fewer & fewer boats are seemingly navigating what it described as one of the more picturesque waterways in the country, although the canal was succesfully open for the Brookwood & Odiham boat gatherings. However there is a real risk that it may close again this year for an “indeterminate period”. The deepcut flight of locks is of particular concern as is some landslips which have closed the towpath at some places. You can read the latest Basingstoke Canal news and become a member of the society online at http://www.basingstoke-canal.org.uk/

During the Bank Holiday just gone, Surrey Police increased patrols on Sheet’s Heath aimed at cracking down on under age drinking. A lot of Alcahol was seized on Friday night and the Police dispersed a group of around 250 youths. Two youngsters required hospital treatment for excessive alcahol consumption.

Officers intend to visit local off-licences and supermarkets regarding the sale of alcohol to young people.