The Directors of Redhill Aerodrome have undertaken a thorough review of the aerodrome and its future prospects as a commercial enterprise. Without a hard runway, the range of aircraft that can land on the grass runways is becoming increasingly limited. Modern aeroplanes are not designed for grass airstrips. Furthermore, the grass runways are closed to all air traffic for as much as three months each year during periods of heavy rainfall. Many of the buildings require investment to modernise them and bring them up to 21st century standards. This investment is difficult to justify without a long-term aviation based business plan. The board has, with regret, come to the conclusion that the Aerodrome is most unlikely to be viable in the long-term.
Over 94% of Tandridge district is within the green belt. Tandridge District Council has concluded that it is not possible to meet local housing needs without releasing some green belt for sustainable development. Our aim is to sensitively develop Redhill Garden Community that uses the minimum possible amount of green belt land. We estimate the plans for Redhill Aerodrome will require the release of less than 1% of the district's green belt land.
Our plans include the expansion of East Surrey Hospital. We are working closely with Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust to help facilitate the expansion, which will include more bed spaces, expanded treatment services and key worker housing for hospital staff.
The plans for the new community include a district centre, which we anticipate will include a primary care hub. We are committed to working with the NHS to ensure that there are sufficient healthcare service to meet local needs.
Redhill Garden Community would deliver new primary schools, as well as an 'all through' primary and secondary school facility. We would also deliver early years provision in the community. Our aspiration is that no child will need to leave the new community to go to school.
The plans for the new community include a new transport hub, connecting the site to key destinations including Redhill, Reigate, Gatwick and Crawley. It will be well served by public transport connections, including a fast bus service to Gatwick.
In addition to the new motorway junction and link road, improvements to other road corridors will be made to enhance capacity and safety where appropriate. All the roads close to the site will be subject to detailed technical assessment, and proposals for the site will be carefully designed to ensure that there are no unacceptable impacts on the roads surrounding the aerodrome.
Redhill Aerodrome is located close to major local employers and the development will make it easy for local people to travel sustainably. The provision of key worker housing for East Surrey Hospital will enable hard working NHS staff to live close to their work and not be dependent on car journeys. The development will restore a network of footpaths and cycleways throughout the site, making it easy to walk or cycle to local railway stations. Bus services will be provided through the site, ensuring easy access to Gatwick. All these measures will reduce dependence on a private car.