WW is receiving e-mails from puzzled residents in the Alfold area – wondering if the planning application lodged by Thakeham Homes for 400 houses at Springbok in Alfold has bitten the dust? WW notices there is no mention of it in the Draft Local Plan. However, it does earmark 100 houses for Alfold – 55 of which have already been granted at Sweetwater Copse! So where does that leave Springbok?
Just a few months back we at WW were blogging quite regularly following Thakeham’s round of “secret meetings” which planning officers now claim were “not secret meetings,” with all the other developers eager to building in and around Cranleigh.
On behalf of Care Ashore, Thakeham seeks permission to build over 400 houses on the Springbok Estate in the Surrey/Sussex border village.
Of course WW understand the round of meetings were not secret, just that they didn’t tell anyone, including the parish councils that were affected with only a select group of developers chosen to take part – Oh dear! No wonder Liz-the-Biz Waverley’s head honcho doth protest too much! And…no wonder Farnham Councillor Carole Cockburn finds Cranleighgate – “rather disturbing” and does not approve of councillors, officers and developers “divvying up Cranleigh and,” amongst themselves, asking why the same rules do not apply in Farnham – or perhaps they do and she hasn’t been told or invited!
Funnily enough CC, WW and most of the public in Waverley find it more than disturbing …
… they find it totally unacceptable!
Whilst – all the others – Berkley Homes; Crest Nicholson; Crownhall Estates; and Cala Homes have all been given planning permission, three of the “secret clan” have yet to claim the golden ticket to the Cranleigh New Town club – Threadneedle – refused and now at appeal), The Knowle Park Initiative; (refused) now in the Local Plan and of course Thakeham Homes.
On behalf of the Seafarers’ Charity , which claims it will go down the pan if it doesn’t get housing development, Thakeham want to cover green fields at the back of Loxwood Road with houses. These would link up with Dunsfold Road adjoining land where Dunsfold Park want to build 1,800 on the airfield.
Now that a decision on the the borough’s largest brown field site at the airfield is expected in August, and Threadneed has gone to appeal for 120 homes on the Hewitts’ Industrial Estate; where does that leave the 400 + hundred earmarked for the Springbok Estate?
The application is way out of time – so who is holding it up? Does Thakeham Homes have to build a belfry for the bats, or could the delay have anything to do with the fact that tankers are pumping out sewage out on a daily basis all around the East of the borough?
Last WW heard, Thakeham hadn’t put forward a bat survey? Here’s what Surrey’s Batman has to say about the Chiddingfold Forest which adjoins the Springbok site…
For more read here:- Awfold… Alford… or could it be Alfold that developers are invading?