Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018


9.21 Deepcut is a rural settlement located southeast of Camberley. It lies on the Chobham Ridges, surrounded by woodland and heathland areas. Deepcut's character has been shaped by its strong military heritage, although the extent of the surrounding barracks has reduced since the mid-20th Century.

9.22 The former Princess Royal Barracks in Deepcut has been identified in the current Local Plan (the Core Strategy) as the major strategic housing site in the Borough and will deliver some 1200 dwellings. It is now known as Mindenhurst. The site benefits from planning permission and an adopted Supplementary Planning Document to guide development. A number of design codes have also been approved for areas of the site. The proposed policy for Deepcut set out in the Housing section of this Issues and Preferred Options consultation reflects the most up to date approach to delivery. The Council will continue to work with the community and the developers in delivering this site.

9.23 A Neighbourhood Forum has been established to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Deepcut. The Neighbourhood Plan area does not include the former Princess Royal Barracks. The future development of Deepcut will be considered in the emerging Deepcut Neighbourhood Plan being produced by the Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum. The Neighbourhood Plan will need to be in conformity with the general strategic policy approach set out in the Local Plan.


Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Deepcut (Mindenhurst)

The preferred approach seeks to carry forward the strategic housing site at Princess Royal Barracks (Mindenhurst) by having a policy that:


  • Carries forward the strategic housing site at Princess Royal Barracks (Mindenhurst) for circa 1200 dwellings and sets the Settlement Boundary around Mindenhurst

Retail and Employment

  • Seeks opportunities for the provision of retail and employment uses at Mindenhurst to promote the regeneration of Deepcut Village Centre and possible expansion of the existing centre

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Woodland, Blackdown Road
  • Playing Field, Blackdown Road
  • Open Space, Dettingen Crescent
  • Play Space, Suffolk Court
  • Alma Dettingen Playing field


  • Carry forward the transport improvements required through the development of Mindenhurst.
  • Promotes Travel Plans for all new development arising from Mindenhurst

Development will also need to be given tothe Deepcut Supplementary Planning Document and to adopted design guides.

Alternative Approach to Policies for Deepcut

To only rely on the general policies set out in the Local Plan.