In-depth website highlights benefits that Wisley Airfield proposals could bring

Taylor Wimpey has launched a detailed website to show local residents how the former Wisley Airfield site could be transformed into a sustainable new settlement in the heart of Ockham.

Last summer the housebuilder submitted a hybrid planning application (22/P/01175) to Guildford Borough Council for up to 1,730 homes, including 40% affordable homes, and a wide range of community facilities and sustainable transport proposals including a new bus service.

The proposals, which were drawn up following one of the largest public consultations that Taylor Wimpey has ever carried out, are designed to meet the need for new homes and infrastructure in the local area.

The development would provide a wide range of benefits for new residents and the existing community, and would breathe new life into a site that currently contains around 70 acres of disused concrete runway and hardstanding.

The updated website,, highlights the many benefits of the scheme, which include:

  • Key infrastructure not currently available in the local area, such as schools, healthcare and an innovation centre with business facilities and a cafe
  • Over 52ha of open green space, including a 45ha country park
  • A minimum 20% biodiversity net gain
  • A sports pavilion, outdoor sports facilities and pitches
  • Significant improvements to the local road network and the access to sustainable transport modes such as car clubs, a new bus service and e-bikes
  • Low carbon heat pump technology to all homes

The website also includes videos, infographics and images designed to show local people how the development could benefit the area and provide infrastructure not currently available.

Antonis Pazourou, Community and Green Infrastructure Manager for Taylor Wimpey and dedicated Community Project Manager for the Wisley site, said: “This is a hugely significant development for the local area and we are keen to ensure that people living close to the site understand the many positive ways that it could impact their lives.

  • “We know through our two-year consultation programme that people have lots of questions about what the proposed development will be like. Our new website aims to bring all the information together in one easy-to-access place, looking at key themes such as community, local infrastructure and biodiversity.
  • “We have now submitted our planning application and we are keen on continuing to hear the views of the local community, so I would urge people to visit the website and get in touch if they have any comments or questions.”

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