About

The proposals will create a sustainable community where people will choose to live and work, and to enjoy the surrounding green environment and community facilities that are at the heart of the village.

The context

Relationship to surrounding towns

Fairoaks garden village is designed as distinct and separate from nearby villages and towns, with facilities and sustainable transport options which complement these settlements.

Movement and transport

Plan Fairoaks to minimise the need to use a car, encourage walking and cycling within and around the village and develop sustainable travel options, in particular to Chobham, Ottershaw, Woking, and potentially other local settlements, in order to easily access the higher order facilities, services, large employers, and major road / rail links in the area.

Homes

Encouraging ownership

In a survey of local residents last June, 56% of people felt that there was a need for new homes in the area. Just over two-thirds of respondents who did not currently own their own home said that they would like to own their own home locally. The main factors preventing them were the fact that housing was too expensive, or that they were unable to get a deposit together. Fairoaks Garden Village would help these people take their first steps into home ownership.

Architecture

Our strategic design code will govern the architectural character of the new development to create a unique, distinctive, and recognisable identity for Fairoaks as well as providing areas of different character within it.

Community

Community life

Fairoaks Garden Village fosters a strong, flourishing community spirit by providing key community infrastructure such as a community hub, club house, allotments, shops and cafés, etc. to encourage informal social interaction and on-going participation in community activities. Include community ownership and structures for governance, management and stewardship to foster a cohesive and active community.

Supporting enterprise and the local economy

Create a self-sustaining business environment that builds on the variety of existing companies already contributing to the local economy, generating new employment opportunities and enterprises. Home working should be embraced and could be supported by the provision of a work hub to support local businesses, and the provision of suitable employment space to provide opportunities for the on-site population.

Living and working at Fairoaks

Enable new residents to both live and work at Fairoaks, and reduce the need for people to travel to other locations, through the creation of community facilities and employment opportunities.

Community Trust

A community trust at Fairoaks would own and maintain all the community facilities including the community centre, play areas, sports pitches and green open spaces. It would invest in and initiate community activities to help build strong sense of community with all the new residents.

Employment

Living and working at Fairoaks Garden Village

A new employment campus will provide existing businesses with space to grow and encourage new businesses to develop. There will be a wide variety of job opportunities allowing many people to both live and work at Fairoaks. Others will have opportunities to use innovative sustainable transport to travel to work.

Supporting enterprise and the local economy

Create a self-sustaining business environment that builds on the variety of existing companies already contributing to the local economy, generating new employment opportunities and enterprises. Home working should be embraced and could be supported by the provision of a work hub to support local businesses, and the provision of suitable employment space to provide opportunities for the on-site population.

New Tenants

Fairoaks currently hosts around 61 businesses on site providing 295 jobs. The proposal will allow existing, and new businesses to expand, creating more than 1,200 additional jobs.

Existing Tenants

Businesses at Fairoaks will be encouraged to stay and provided with opportunities to expand facilitated by a phased programme of development. Homes will be designed to accommodate people who want to work from home.

Green space

Open space for the public

Provide public open space for a diverse range of opportunities for formal and informal recreation and food production, whilst contributing to the overall landscape character.

A bespoke environment

Create a bespoke Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG)environment with a distinctive landscape character that provides an inviting setting and responds to the site’s context.

Increasing biodiversity

The proposed masterplan retains areas of high quality habitat, including woodlands, the River Bourne and associated flood plain, as many hedgerows as possible and areas of wetland / wet grassland. Further, the masterplan allows the creation of extensive new habitats of ecological value within the Ottershaw Park SANG and Bourne Meadows SANG to ensure that, overall, the Garden Village will deliver a substantial net gain for biodiversity.