Feast your eyes on this… commit it to memory… and then dream it will become reality in another life!
Because… “Your Waverley” has just this minute Passed its Local Plan in readiness for its examination by a Government Inspector!
Some of “Your Waverley” Councillors wanted to weep – some said they “had already wept” over the “unsuitable, unimaginative and “heartbreaking” developments already approved on green fields that would bring traffic chaos and damage to the towns and villages in the borough – mainly in the East.
Because its Local Plan was not in place and developers had been in control of “Your Waverley.”
Five councillors abstained from voting – and one lone voice was against – that of Farnham Residents’ Jerry Hyman. But the remaining 40 councillors – despite their reservations – voted for the Local Plan to proceed. Because Developers had it their way long enough – and it was time for “Your Waverley” to take control!
All the Cranleigh councillors who instigated the secret meetings with developers voted for the Plan, one of whom said “Cranleigh had been dumped on” and not having a Plan in place had been an unmitigated disaster for the village. Hypocrisy or what?
Councillor Mary Foryszewski said no-one could “loathe” the loss of the countryside around Cranleigh and elsewhere in the borough more than she! (765 houses granted – 500 in the pipeline) and with minimal infrastructure mitigation on the minor B roads as well as flooding and sewage issues.
But… she said the brownfield site at Dunsfold Park was contributing many millions of pounds – (she said, £8m – WW believes it to be over £20m ) – towards road improvements, schools and infrastructure – and was supported by 80% of the borough’s residents.
Some Farnham residents are not giving up the fight to include vital “green lungs” in Part 2 of the Plan which will examine the Green Belt.
This is how it looks now..
Not that anyone is actually interested in what we at the Waverley Web think about tonight’s decision, but we will say it anyway…
Everything that Farnham dreaded … that the traffic chaos will increase, air quality would worsen and endangered species risked … was only matched by those living in the East of the borough dubbed by councillors – Cranleigh New Town and “Poor Old Cranleigh.” Why?
Because once all residents feared was a new settlement at Dunsfold Park – now it would appear they will get the worst of both worlds. Two towns when if they had accepted the largest brownfield site in Waverley – they might have just had one!