Play this while you are reading it will set the mood:
A controversial scheme to build 265 homes many of which developers claim will be … “affordable” was refused by Waverley Planners in April.
The Knowle Park Initiative’s scheme Timeline.
- 2014/ 2015 KPI invited to a series of “secret meetings” with some, Borough councillors.
- 2015 KPI’s application submitted and a month later is withdrawn because the call in by – Brian Ellis was out of time. Planning officers were recommending refusal under their delegated powers.
- A month later late (2015 ) KPI application re-submitted and called in (in time) by Councillor Brian Ellis.
- April 2016 Application refused by Waverley’s Joint Planning committee.
Cranleigh Councillors Brian Ellis and Councillor Stewart Stennett declared a “pecuniary interest” just days later Councillor Ellis claims he only declared “a prejudicial interest.”
- September 2016 KPI application re-submitted in a different name A2 Dominion – but by the same outfit.
- October 2016 KPI application withdrawn. (Invalid)
- October 2016 Appeal lodged with the Planning Inspectorate.
- November 2016 – re-submitted and registered by the council.
- No date for determination.
There was a bit of a stink in April when two Cranleigh councillors declared a “Pecuniary interest” and left the Joint Planning Committee meeting but sat outside waiting for their colleagues to grant the scheme recommended by officers for approval. Officers were originally minded to refuse the application (without reference to councillors) under their delegated powers.
One of those councillors, now deceased , argued he had never declared a “pecuniary interest” only a prejudicial one – because he had called the scheme in .. twice… and had been holding secret meetings with the developer for years! The others just lobbied colleagues to support the scheme which was scuppered on the night when “Annie Get your Gun” MP Anne Milton wrote to councillors outlining her concerns.
The West Cranleigh Nurseries (KPI) site in Alfold Road, Cranleigh is notorious for flooding and the narrow road will also serve as the access for approved schemes including : The Berkeley Homes development (425 properties ) and Little Meadow, another (75) There is also an application from Thakeham Homes in the “pipeline” for another 58 properties on a flood plain adjacent to the KPI site pictured here left and a decision on an appeal by Threadneedle Investments for 120 on the nearby Hewitts Industrial Estate is expected shortly.