Sandown Park is planning a major overhaul of its site to improve the experience of racegoers. However, this will be funded by building homes on their site, which lies on our Green Belt.

It is worth noting that Elmbridge’s Local Plan describes building on the Green Belt as follows: “In order to uphold the fundamental aims of the Green Belt to prevent urban sprawl and to keep land within its designation permanently open, inappropriate development will not be approved unless the applicant can demonstrate very special circumstances that will clearly outweigh the harm”.

There was considerable concern raised by residents of More Lane that building houses there will cause more traffic problems. We will be opposing this plan, which masquerades as Sandown working for the betterment of Esher, when, in fact it’s just funding its own improvement plans by selling homes in an inappropriate place.