The bulldozers will be on the new Crest Nicholson development site in Horsham Road within the month to build the first phase of 149 homes in Cranleigh’s countryside.
The developer who found few friends when Waverley Planners considered its detailed application a month ago, made a few minor alterations – and Bingo – another piece of the precious countryside goes under concrete.
But what happened when “Your Waverley”s Joint planning committee met? (just 15 out of the 23 members who turned out ?) A letter was read out from Cranleigh’s intrepid travellers, supporting the application that Councillor Jeannette Stennett has backed consistently – from their sun beds in Oz!
YIKES! This is scary, really scary. “You cannot be serious,” as Mr Meldrew would say, the Stennett’s can flee the country but still influence the decision-making here in Waverley from down-under? And – will they – stay to watch the misery, somehow we doubt it we see the sunny climes of Australia beacon WWethinks?
But the bigger issue, as far as Waverley Web is concerned, is why those Cranleigh Councillors who lost their mandate to represent their parishioners when they resigned from the Parish Council should be allowed to continue to sit as Borough Councillors and influence decision-making? It is utterly iniquitous and something must be done about it.
Of course, if the Stennett’s had an ounce of integrity or any respect for their fellow residents they would have resigned from their positions as Borough Councillors when they resigned as Parish Councillors but then, of course, they wouldn’t be able to wield undue influence on planning matters.
In light of their own recent planning successes, visions of pigs, snouts and troughs come to mind.
We heard from one follower, whose contact details are known to us:
>” I am interested to know if it is Waverley Borough councils policy now to allow comments to be read out from planning committee councillors who are not attending to become the norm. I find it totally unacceptable that this should happen, maybe we need not have meetings anymore and perhaps you should just have an answers on a card policy, it would certainly save the tax payer money. I am of course referring to the planning meeting where the chairman read out support from councillors Mr and Mrs Stennett for the planning application of 149 houses on Horsham Road, Cranleigh. I would also like to know if their comments were counted in a show of hands as support for this application.
> Sent from my iPad
Read the decision and the debate from the Cranleigh Society website here: you will be shocked.