Frustrated of Farnham.

Frustrated of Farnham they are many, but did they vote, and for whom?

One of our followers is so fed up with being ignored by Waverley BC that he has written to  saying it was his understanding  the Localism Act of 2011 includes the following:

  • Developers must consult communities before submitting certain planning applications, having regard to any advice that their local planning authority may provide.
  • They must consider any responses they receive before they finalise their proposals and submit applications,
  • When submitting applications they must account for how they have consulted the local community, what comments they have received, and how they have taken those comments into account.

He  tells us at WW that he has lived next to the Hop Fields in Farnham for decades and is very disappointed that WBC saw  fit to approve the building of 120 homes by Taylor Wimpey. Details are available on the following links:-

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the development called for comments by WBC closed on 31 March 2014, and we learnt the decision was made less than 24 hours later on 1st April. This in itself is an affront to the concept of localism. We do not recall the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 having been met and would like to ask your advice in this regard.

Needless to say  he hasn’t had a reply yet…watch this space, we will let you know when he does.

Knock, knock Is there anyone out there?

3 thoughts on “Frustrated of Farnham.”

  1. Do not hold your breath waiting for answer frustrated of Farnham. If Mr Holdsworth does eventually answer your letter it will be in civil service speak and he will advise you that Local Council’s are independent or he may helpfully give you the name of another department that deals with these problems and you will find yourself going round in ever decreasing circles. I say this because we have been down the same route with the DCLG on other matters.

    We have even taken the LGO to the High Court for refusing to investigate the maladministration at WBC. In his ruling the Judge said “If I could help I certainly would” he could not because the LGO is completely autonomous and if it does not want to investigate then it does not have to. We now have another case of maladministration against the Council but nowhere to go, frustration does not even come close.

    These departments are NOT there to help us but to push pieces of paper at each other! The only vague hope is possibly the Planning Inspectorate.

    1. Forget PINS, Rosaleen, we haven’t seen an honest Inspector in these parts since John Mattocks trashed WBC’s unlawful Core Strategy in 2006. The government has the system stitched up.

      If used properly there is still hope through the Courts, but ultimately the best route to democracy and justice is through people-power, which is why we’re getting organised in Farnham. Cranleigh has been learning (the hard way) what Farnham has been subjected to by WBC for many years, and the rest of the borough aren’t immune either, their turn will come.

      Feel free to help us spread the network system across the borough – see

      1. We at WW agree wholeheartedly with the above comments. But you know, based on the e-mails we receive times they are a changing! The residents’ of Waverley are waking up…let’s hope it is not too late?

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