All aboard! All aboard! The Waverley Developers’ Bandwagon is departing now! Parish, Town & Borough Councillors to the front of the queue!
With no Local Plan in place, pre-applications and planning applications are being thrown into Waverley’s ever-deepening pot.
A campaign has been launched against the former Mayor of Farnham, ‘Rickity Ricketts’ (aka Cllr Jeremy Ricketts), plans for nine luxury homes at Old Park Stables, near the historic St Swithun’s Way footpath in the countryside, north of the town. The only thing in its favour is that it is a former brown field site, but objectors say they are ‘nauseated’ by the development, as when the Mayor opened a sensory garden at a local school recently, he cooed about the importance of nature and looking after the planet… Looking after his own pocket more like!
Meanwhile, on the other side of the borough, in Ewhurst, the Chairman of the Parish Council, Richard Cleaves, is trying to speed up the house building programme by asking for officers’ opinion to build 22 homes on a green field, being grazed by horses, at the back of Mapledrakes Road adjoining his father’s property, Treetops. Interested parties are keen to know if he will declare an interest when the scheme is considered.
Elsewhere, Cranleigh is besieged by developers but never fear, those entirely selfless married councillors, Stewart and Jeanette Stennett, have sought advice from Waverley planning officers’ about a plan that is so very dear to their hearts… to give the village 30 affordable homes in Guildford Road.
Of course, there’s a catch but it’s only the tiniest, weeniest catch: Waverley has to give them back to the Stennett Clan after 30 years… Who says Councillors only have their own interests at heart? Shame on them!!!