Cranleigh Councillors came in for a good drubbing from one of their Farnham colleagues when she accused them of being “too emotional” and “scaremongering” after they predicted there would be serious traffic accidents on Amlets Lane, Cranleigh.
Despite repeated arguments that Cala Homes detailed scheme for 125 houses ( granted more than a year ago) was “unsustainable” on access; highway dangers; drainage; landscaping; and numerous other grounds – the scheme was approved by 12 votes to 9.
Cranleigh councillors received icy glares from Councillor Pat Frost for daring to claim that a dangerous access onto a country road, where construction vehicles and other traffic opposite a Cranleigh Special School, and near two other schools would leave motorists dicing with death.
“There is a lot of emotion surrounding Amlets Lane and a lot of scaremongering going on here – what are the facts do we have the police record of personal injury accidents – we need to talk about facts.” Said ten degrees of Farnham’s Frost!
She was backed by the council’s planning officers who argued the committee must take the Highway officers’ views- “however difficult they may find them” and they had – NO OBJECTION!
So in a nutshell changes to the scheme include :
- Fewer properties to rent.
- More shared ownership.
- Blocks of flats will be two storey rather than three – but two more blocks will be built on part of the land previously to be used for allotments.
- The buffer zone will not be quite so big in places.
- Some improvements have been made to car parking.
- Some permitted development rights will be removed – to stop residents building in the loft.
And… another part of Cranleigh’s valued countryside will shortly be buried under concrete boots!
Oh! we forgot…
AND… IT HAS STRENGTHENED WAVERLEY’S FIVE YEAR LAND SUPPLY FIGURES. DONT WORRY ABOUT YOUR SEWAGE PROBLEMS OVER THERE – THAMES WATER HAS IMPOSED A GRAMPIAN CONDITION ON THE DEVELOPMENT – WHICH MEANS…
BUILDING CANNOT BEGIN UNTIL (TW) IS SATISFIED – ( WHICH IT UNDOUBTEDLY SOON WILL BE!) THAT THE FOUL DRAINAGE IN CRANLEIGH HAVE BEEN IMPROVED.
Only one bit of rough justice! … the WW has heard from a Cranleigh follower that this site is bang next door to the home of the Flying Dutchman whose own planning application for 265 homes on the other side of Cranleigh has been re-submitted (same outfit but different name) only months after being refused by the same committee. A Case of the Biter bit?