As Waverley Planners gave the go ahead for another 75 houses on a green field in Alfold Road, Cranleigh last night – which is now being re-named “poor old Cranleigh” – WW looks at the campaign going on in Hart, in North East Hampshire.
Not everyone in our part of the South East is sitting back and allowing homes to be built all over the countryside without a fight- why aren’t the people of Waverley taking a leaf out of Hart’s book in rural North East Hampshire. It wants its brown field sites built on rather than the countryside.
In Waverley – the Save Our Waverley Group want our countryside built on to save our brown fields! Madness or what?
Read more about the Hart campaign here: http://wehearthart.co.uk/home/contact-we-love-hart/
Its campaigners say: “We believe the Government and Hart Council should think again. The objectives of the We Love Hart campaign are as follow:”
To call for the overall housing allocation to be reduced by challenging the SHMA
To demand that the Council develops a vision and strategy for Hart that retains its role as a rural, green hinterland for NE Hampshire that respects the separate character and identity of Hart’s settlements and landscapes and preserves the green spaces as amenity space for the urban settlements.
To require that the housing need is met by building on brownfield sites and increasing density in our existing urban areas to help rejuvenate our existing shopping centres.
To request that future housing stock reflects the needs of the changing demographics of the district.
To petition the council and government against any new settlement in Hart that will act as a sink for the unmet housing need in neighbouring areas.
To hold Hart Council to account to ensure the process is legal and transparent and properly consults all of the residents of Hart.
We submitted the petition, with 2,130 signatories, to Hart Council and sadly they have chosen to largely ignore it.
No change there then – are any council’s listening?