Runnymede is adjoining, or will host a number of potential Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects.
These projects, if they progress, will follow a streamlined progress for decision making for major infrastructure projects operated by the Planning Inspectorate, the government agency responsible for examining applications in the National Infrastructure Planning system. This means some large scale infrastructure development within Runnymede will be considered by national Government rather than Runnymede Borough Council.
Details of how the process works can be found on the Government website.
The Planning Inspectorate have published a short film to explain the process which may be helpful to residents and the local community.
The largest nationally infrastructure project effecting Runnymede is the potential expansion of Heathrow Airport. While Runnymede Borough is not a host authority to this proposal the Council is working with partners to represent the interests of the Borough. More details can be found on the Heathrow Airport expansion page.
Other nationally significant infrastructure
As well as potential expansion at Heathrow Airport the Council is aware, or is being consulted on other nationally significant infrastructure. This includes:
The Southampton to London Pipeline project
The Southampton to London Pipeline Project, being run by ESSO, seeks to replace an existing aviation fuel pipeline between the Fawley Refinery near Southampton, to the West London Terminal storage facility in Hounslow. The original 102km pipeline was installed in 1972, and 90km are now being replaced as a single NSIP project part of which runs through Runnymede. More details can be found on the applicant's website.
Southern Rail Access to Heathrow
Several proposals for improving southern rail access to Heathrow Airport are being promoted, many of which will be hosted in or have impacts on Runnymede. The Department for Transport has made an invitation for proposals to delivery southern rail access so that they can be considered in the summer of 2018. More details of this invitation can be found on the Department for Transport webpages.
River and roads
Other significant infrastructure improvements are also anticipated in Runnymede, which are unlikely to go through the National system. Further details of such projects can be found on other pages of our website and partners websites.
River Thames Scheme
Runnymede Borough Council is working in partnership with the Environment Agency and other local authorities to deliver the River Thames Scheme - a flood alleviation and management scheme in the area affected by flooding from the Thames.
Runnymede Borough Council has led on seeking improvements to the A320 between Woking, the M25 and Chertsey to reduce congestion and improve capacity. This project will be progress by Runnymede in partnership with the County Council, as the highway authority, and the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government.
Other details of local infrastructure assessment and identified improvements can be found on the Runnymede 2030 Local Plan pages.