So much for the waffle produced by Waverley Council’s leader Robert Knowless on BBC Radio Surrey last week. He told the world the Dunsfold Park application had not been validated. Well it has, and the clock has started ticking, – in fact as you read this post you have just 15 days in which to comment on…
A new settlement of 1,800 homes.
You can even buy copies of the documents and a CD rom – while stocks last!
A Group calling itself Save Our Waverley has sprung into action and the anti’s in Dunsfold, Chiddingfold, Hascombe and Milford are on a roll concerned about everyone wanting to catch the train from Milford or Godalming to London. Obviously no-one has told them commuters are already doing so. Some are suggesting the old Cranleigh railway line should be reopened, others that nothing should be built anywhere!
SORRY NOT AN OPTION!
Some are even claiming the airfield is not a brownfield site, others that an increase in business use will be a problem. Does anyone out there read the local papers any more?Dunsfold Park Limited was given planning permission before Christmas for another 10,000 sq metres of commercial space. read.. http://waverleyweb.org/2015/11/05/
Read your local papers! The Farnham Herald, Haslemere Herald, Surrey Advertiser, The Dragon on-line – and, WW, sometimes you will hear it here first.
Last November Planners agreed to 10,000 square metres of extra business space at the borough’s largest business site – a 20% increase on the existing space after officers said it was in line with the Government’s Growth Agenda and would support the Borough’s future economic growth. And you know what.. councillors’ heard the space was already let, and would generate another 200 jobs. No doubt by people who will need homes near to their place of work.
WW has ascertained that over 100 companies operate at at Dunsfold employing 700 people.When British Aerospace operated from the site there were 1,450 many of whom lived in Godalming and the surrounding villages, contributing to their economic growth. Because you know what, people need jobs, and homes before they can begin to spend money in the High Streets!
The person who wrote to the Surrey Ad has obviously never set foot in Dunsfold Park and believes the owners bale hay most of the time. She is obviously completely unaware there are applications in the pipeline to build over 2,200 houses on Cranleigh’s green fields regardless of what happens at Dunsfold!
And planning permission already exists for 300 homes in Cranleigh and builders’ hope to start in the Spring.
BROWNFIELD – V- GREENFIELDS?
That would appear to be the question facing Waverley as there are only a handful of brownfield sites in the Borough. Is Waverley presently providing sufficient homes for its residents? Quite simply – no. This was revealed by a Housing Needs Assessment carried out by Woking, Guildford, and Waverley Borough Councils. Waverley’s own advisors suggested well over 600 – The council opted for 519 per year and are working to evidence this figure. If they don’t and the Local Plan fails then… God Help us All!