Just a few days ago WW blogged on this Is Care Ashore’s planning application becoming Alfold’s well kept secret?
Well the secret’s out…
The scheme to build over 400 houses on the Springbok Estate at Sachel Court, Alfold has been refused – under the Waverley Borough Council Planning Officers’ delegated powers.
Presumably, unlike some Cranleigh planning applications we could mention – the local member Councillor Kevin Deanus did not call the planning application in – to ensure it was considered by the Joint Planning Committee thereby giving it a chance of being approved by councillors! Well done Councillor Deanus – Alfold villagers who were dead against the scheme owe you one…or two?
The Horsham based company Thakeham Homes – were all part of Cranleigh Councillor Brian Ellis’s “secret meetings” with a host of now, successful developers, and which he claims were not secret – even though nobody was aware of them. When officers wanted to refuse some applications under the same delegated powers – Councillor Ellis, promoter of Cranleigh New Town called them in!
Thakeham even knocked on Government doors in its bid to cover farmland behind Alfold’s Loxwood Road with concrete. The Seaman’s Charity gathered support from around the Country in a desperate bid to support the scheme which thy claimed could save the Charity threatening Alfold villagers with a worse outcome if they didn’t support the housing venture.
In a nutshell: It was refused on the grounds that it was unsustainable development in the countryside, isolated from amenities with inadequate local infrastructure. The development was excessive, would damage the intrinsic beauty and openness of the countryside etc…etc… Planning application WA/2015/1381