Oops there goes another unauthorised development – just outside Shamley Green. But Guildford planners get tough, really tough!

Developed Cottage That Divided A Village To Be Demolished.

A long-running planning dispute, which divided a village community, has come to a head recently as   the Court of Appeal ruled that a house on the edge of Blackheath, near Shamley Green –   must be demolished.

Owners Craig and Gaynor Arnold’s development to their property  left only a few walls of their  ‘Arts and Crafts’-style cottage standing.

 Other than a 1952 extension, the cottage remained largely as first built, that is until 2009, when the owners obtained planning consent for a very large house, under permitted development rules, that applied at the time.

Building work commenced but not in accordance with the permission granted and the re-build came to the attention of  Guildford Borough Council’s enforcement officers. 

Despite this, more and more of the original vernacular cottage  leaving only a few walls of the original structure resulting in  a building  regarded as  harmful to the character and appearance of the area.

Now a planning inspector has ruled  that the original Blackheath Cottage no longer exists and the couple’s construction has resulted in a “new” house with “fundamental design flaws.” 

 He  said it was  a “fundamentally different design” to the original, complete with a “jarring” expanse of glazing, “odd truncated roofs” and a “slate finish” out of keeping with the area. Now The Court of Appeal has confirmed th Inspector’s decision saying the cottage  must be demolished within nine months.

Although the house had “no harmful visual impact” and would not interfere with local views, it was “harmful by definition” to the green belt. It was “inappropriate development” in the green belt and there were no “very special” reasons why it should not be demolished.

The inspector said he had “some sympathy with the predicament Mr and Mrs Arnold find themselves in”, but added that it was “primarily of their own making”.

Meanwhile, several planning applications for a suitable replacement have been made and the latest, lodged in 2016, is of a more overall contemporary design, much reduced in height and bulk with a flat green ‘living’ roof.

‘Your Waverley’s’ Police and Crime Commissioner is speaking up for the LGBT community.

This is what our former Waverley and Surrey County Councillor has written on his new blog as Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner….

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To mark LGBT History Month, the APCC lead for Equalities, David Munro PCC, sets out what Police and Crime Commissioners are doing to help reduce inequality and promote safety amongst our diverse communities.

He says:

Celebrating our differences in policing is an area very close to my heart so I was delighted to be recently appointed as the national PCC lead for Equalities, Diversity and Human Rights (EDHR). This portfolio covers a range of issues including officer and staff diversity and hate crime. I therefore want to be the champion for these issues not just in Surrey but for PCCs across the country.

Taking on this role has given me a huge sense of pride and purpose and I believe we must do our part in policing to reduce inequality and promote safety amongst our diverse communities.

With this in mind, February has particular importance for me in recognising Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) History Month. This is an annual event but this year in particular marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. You can find out more here: http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/

Society has come a long way in terms of acceptance and understanding of the LGBT community, yet there is still some way to go. In today’s day and age, no one should ever have to feel frightened or embarrassed to fully commit to who they are yet LGBT groups often still sadly experience prejudicial behaviour in their everyday lives.

We know that hate crimes are currently under-reported and policing needs to do more to encourage victims to feel safe to come forward. We must combat all hate crimes head on, be it on the grounds of sexuality, gender, race or religion. I am keen to work with my fellow PCCs across the country to expand support networks and find other ways that our diverse communities can feel safe and included.

Part of this is encouraging people from these communities to pursue a career in policing – in order to achieve this we must work at presenting a clear demonstration of our commitment to inclusivity within the police service.

I was encouraged to see a total of 18 police forces recognised in this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index which was announced last month. The index looks at LGBT+ representation across the workplace and recognises those organisations demonstrating inclusivity.

Six of those Forces made it into the Top 100 and it would be fantastic to see even more added to the Index next year. We will look at what distinguishes those top employers and share that best practice with colleagues.

My deputy for the EDHR portfolio is Hardyal Dhindsa, the PCC for Derbyshire. Hardyal has been working proactively to promote LGBT issues in Derbyshire, seeking a representative workforce and personally supporting the LGBT networks in the community. We will be inviting discussions with the rest of our PCC colleagues to explore ways we can tackle some of these issues together.

David Munro is a former Waverley Borough and Surrey County Councillor and was firmly behind  the Blightwells/East Street development.

 

May the Fourth be with you!

In just a few days time the voting fodder of Surrey will pick up their polling cards and walk…

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This will be their opportunity to get more of the same old, same old – or, perhaps, just perhaps, the politicians fodder will actually choose to vote for a candidate and not for the political party he/she represents.

Let’s just pose a few basic questions about ‘Our Surrey’ and how it has managed our county over  the past four years?

  • Are we impressed with the closure of all the county’s old people’s residential homes – particularly those who, with amazing passion and care, worked  with those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia?
  • Do we believe they have spent the £11.8m that was raised from last year’s council tax hike on improving adult social care? In fact – are we sure it was  spent entirely on ASC?
  • Do we believe it did the right thing by deciding it would no longer fund the Meals on Wheels Service?A service aimed at enabling older people to remain independent in their own homes!
  • Are we confident that it was acting responsibly by shutting down/or proposing to shut down all the Alzheimer’s Centres in the county?
  • Are we all happy to see the lights turned off from midnight until 6.a.m. – except of course in you live in Spelthorne where they kick up a fuss!
  • Do we back its  decision to invest £30m of our money in Farnham’s toxic East Street development, which was shunned by commercial investors.
  • Are we concerned about  travelling around Surrey trying to find somewhere to pay to dump our rubbish at reduced opening hours. 
  • As the pot holes deepen and HGV’s smash-up our  pavements as they mount them – do we feel safe, cycling, walking or driving any more?
  • Do the £2m cut in bus services concern us? Particularly in the rural areas
  • What about the serious funding issues in our schools?
  • Or the crass decision to suggest one of Surrey’s most amazing beauty spots – at Newlands Corner becomes ‘Your Surrey’s” answer to a sort of moneymaking theme park?

We could go on…and on…

 

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Pour yourself a stiff drink and listen to this – and then go down to the local polling station and VOTE … but remember – we get the Governments we deserve!

Surrey County Council takes star role in Radio 4’s ‘Councils in Crisis’ documentary

Remember – ‘All politics is local” and voters need to know they can influence decisions and not be ignored.

Here’s what one resident said in the amazing Guildford Dragon – the town’s on-line newspaper about the Shalford Tory candidate who has been helicoptered in! Can hardly wait cover his contributions at’ Your Surrey?’

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Local democracy is dead – long live local democracy – ‘Your Waverley’s’ way.

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AGAIN!

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‘Your Waverley’s’ doors were slammed shut in the face of the man who has become a thorn in Waverley’s side. The borough’s very own  – Mungo Jerrie  Hyman – who gets more like for T.S Eliot’s favourite feline  Mungojerrie from the Musical,  Cats – every day.

We at the Waverley Web wonder when the Farnham Residents’ hell raiser is going to get his claws clipped? Taskmaster Taylor and Batty Bainbridge, must be gearing up to nail him – surely?  You never contact us Mungo? Have you forgotten our email contact@waverleyweb.org Many of your colleagues haven’t! So don’t be shy – let us know when the Stazi move in on you?

 Because you really do need to understand some basic rules.

  • councillors can’t question officers,
  • councillors must ignore officers,
  • officers are always right and must be thanked for doing the jobs they are paid for at least 100 times at every meeting.
  • Questioning them, particularly on their ability to spell correctly, including  the confusion of incorrect  page numbers, or not including information ISNT ALLOWED  MUNGO !
  • Shut up or  put up, if you want to say something do it in private and  behind closed doors!

 Cratus Communications who carried out ‘YW’ recent  strategic review suggested there should be a – change of culture at YW. We here at the WW are well-known for our cynicism at times, but change a culture that is buried deeper than the Great Train robbers’ stolen dosh! NEVER! 

Burn the ballot box, save councillors expenses, save a shed load of money and let’s   adopt – ROBERT’S RULE! Well that is once ‘Wenham-I-leaving’ trousers his final salary pension and buggers off to Bognor!

STOP THE WORLD AND LET US GET OFF?

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Councillor Hyman’s efforts to give the people of Cranleigh an opportunity to learn of the fate of the centre – they built and paid for- was denied at the Full Council because he was told – the decision was CONFIDENTIAL – and it had BEEN MADE and due to its ‘commercial sensitivity’ was private and would remain so…

LATEST UPDATE ON : THE GRAB A LEASE SCANDAL. The tail is about to wag the dog again – In Secret – behind Waverley’s closed doors to prise an asset away from the town councillors have dubbed, “poor old Cranleigh’?

So chaps – there you are – the man did his best to shine a light on  the whole rotten grab -a-lease scandal just another underhand deal done in the name of ‘Your Waverley’? Which was aided and abetted by Councillor Patricia Ellis and the Rowleys Chairman Brenda Hobson (sorry we wrongly referred to  her Hodgson in our last report so we heard from the eastern locals, or yokels as they are called by ‘Your Waverley’)  –  and who resides in Midhurst, West Sussex. Far away from the local flack!

Bet you people over there in the East are feeling really pleased that you stumped up £250,000 to build the place, and which, when ‘Your Waverley’ decides its days are up, – as they surely will be, you know who to blame – and it won’t be Mungo!

We have received comments from the locals that they are recommending that in future villagers keep their hands firmly in their pockets when asked to contribute to local fund-raising ventures.

The  grab-a-lease scandal combined with the grab-a-land and grab-an-access road onto the  Snoxhall playing fields for a private nursing home – not a hospital – has been described as  a national disgrace!

Bit like the grab-a- Memorial Hall/  Memorial playing fields/Blightwells/Gostrey Centre over here in Farnham.!

If it doesn’t move – grab it quick!

 

 

The life and death of a Tree … as they bite the builders’ dust!

Are Waverley residents waking to the sound  of  Spring bird song or the Cuckoo? No! Many are now waking to the sound of HGV’s pounding past their doors  as  lorries  carrying heavy plant and machinery race towards the numerous building sites across the borough!

But worse – much worse – they are waking  to the  sound of chain saws as they bring down our trees and hedgerows!

Perhaps Liz The Biz “Your Waverley’s  Senior planning officer and all  current and future developers should listen to this clip sent to us by one of our readers before embarking on the big chop?

Sadly too late for the Ancient Woodland on the Berkeley Homes Scheme in Cranleigh! The trees in and around Farnham, Haslemere and Godalming. But then Liz the Biz , ‘Your Waverley’s’ head planning honcho told councillors – new trees could always be planted as their replacements!!! … and assured them “we are quite sure the circumstances are “exceptional.”

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Do we detect a Big Mistake! A HUGE mistake!!

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Is this the reason why  those ‘Grampian Conditions’ imposed on Cranleigh developers  to prevent homes being occupied until sewage capacity was improved, weren’t worth the paper they were written on?

 When planning applications were granted in and around Cranleigh  conditions  stating that upgrades to the overloaded sewage network were  required ‘prior to the ‘building  of any homes’ was imposed by ‘Your Waverley.’ 

One developer – Cala Homes – wanted those conditions changed from ‘pre commencement’ to – ‘prior to occupation.’

No surprise there then, because they didn’t want development held up! Others, found a quicker way of dealing with Sh**gate as it is called in Cranleigh.  Crest Nicholson put in holding tanks to collect waste and  allow it to seep into the sewers slowly but surely!

Despite calls from the Cranleigh Civic Society that upgrades to the sewage works and problems with flow rates in Cranleigh Waters were a long-term issue – five years, at least – the planners  ball rolled and rolled…

Whilst the parish/borough councillors had some comfort that those ‘Grampian Conditions’ would save Cranleigh’s day it now appears – No way Jòse! Because…whist villagers were calling on ‘Your Waverly’ not to remove the conditions –  they didn’t realise they were useless, unenforceable, and were sent to the trash bin – which is why Cranleigh is now being covered in concrete and their toilets are backing up – and only 50 homes have so far been occupied! Only another thousand or so to go – and this week  ‘YW’ is calling for MORE SITES!

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This is what the Cranleigh Civic Society wrote about Cala Homes and Crest Nicholson : 

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Here is a section taken from the council’s Papers.

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Why is… ‘I Wish he Wood step down’ chairman of so many of ‘Your Waverley’s’ Planning Committees?

Is Councillor Peter Isherwood – he of the raised pen  in favour of covering the  borough – particularly Cranleigh and Farnham, in concrete –  enjoying  a one-man takeover of all major planning committees at Waverley?

He is  aided and abetted by his deputy – non-other than  Bramley’s very own “By-Pass Byham’ ‘who is quite happy to support  an increase in  traffic from anywhere and  everywhere as long as it doesn’t originate from DUNSFOLD Park . Unless of course,  it comes from another part of Dunsfold village  – then of course  it’s  alright because that is different Dunsfold traffic!

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Job Done by Council Leader Julia Potts?

Now as a result of a ‘leadership decision’ by – ‘Gone to Potts’ – ‘Your Waverley’ won’t have the nuisances from the East of the Borough cramping the council’s  style on the Joint Planning committee.

 

She has chucked  the local members  off (except one) in favour of the “pens in the air’ brigade – like Hindhead’s  Chairman Isherwood who will happily bury  as much of the Eastern villages countryside in concrete  as he/they can manage. 

 

 

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Whoops there goes another Neighbourhood Plan!

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Three Wannabe developers are seeking a Judicial Review challenge to Farnham’s  Neighbourhood Plan, which is/was, possibly may be – all set to be the subject of a referendum on 4 May.

The three claimants…

Catesby; Bewley and Wates; are developers of sites that were not selected for allocation in the neighbourhood plan, so they have issued judicial review proceedings and applied for an injunction to cancel or postpone the referendum.

However, “Your Waverley’ has taken legal advice and says  it won’t be postponing the referendum  and  will robustly defend the application.

It has told borough, town and parish councils it  will continue to work closely with Farnham Town Council, which  is also taking its own independent legal advice.

Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Waverley last July and was subject to a public consultation and an independent examination; with a hearing session that was open to the public.

Earlier this year,  the Examiner’s report  found, subject to a few modifications, that  the  Plan met the ‘Basic Conditions.’  A Decision Statement on 10 March 2017 confirmed all the modifications had been accepted and a referendum could go ahead.. It is the Decision Statement that is now being challenged.

The judicial review challenge is based on three grounds:

 1.    The Examiner focused too heavily on the emerging Local Plan rather than the adopted one.
2. The Examiner sought views on a revised Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) policy but did not then deal with comments submitted to him by the claimants on the revised policy.
3. The Examiner did not adequately deal with their criticisms on one of the evidence studies produced for the Local Plan in his report.

The claimants want  their application dealt with on an “extremely expedited basis”; and  the postponement application is likely to proceed quickly through the courts.

Catesby; Bewley and Wates; are all members of the Waverley Housing Forum that last met on 20th March. Other members include:- Thakeham Homes who want to build in Alfold and Ewhurst,  Crownhall Estates; Cove Homes; Castle Land, and A2 Dominion that will soon be building in Cranleigh.

Ring Binders three inches thick containing the Challenge have now ben received by Farnham Town Council. Soon ‘Your Waverley officers will be trawling through thousands of documents. However, most of the senior members of ‘Your Waverley’ including the two head honcho’s ‘The Chief Executive and his deputy are on their Easter holidays.

The postal voting forms for the referendum are already out .

Neame Sutton – Chartered Town Planners, Cratus; RPS;  Judith Ashton Associates and Lichfields. are assistng the claimants in the Judicial Challenge.

If you are going to have a stroke – make sure you are not living on the fringes of ‘Your Waverley’!

Because — quite simply — you may die before you  get to the nearest hospital!

WHY ?

Because the Guildford & Waverley CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is proposing some very worrying  changes to provisions for stroke patients in Waverley and is asking local residents to join in  the consultation of its plans.

Why do we cynical souls at the Waverley Web actually believe the decision has already been made!

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Members of one local Patients Group in the East of the borough is asking residents to sign its  petition to the CCG and NHS England to ensure  their concerns are heard – before, and not after, decisions have been made!

It is proposed,  that patients  suspected of having a stroke be taken to Frimley Hospital to the new hyper acute unit there. After stabilisation, they would then be sent to Farnham Hospital or Woking Hospital for further rehabilitation or sent directly home under “early supported discharge”.

OK of course, if you happen to live in Farnham, – we can  just be  nipped down the Blackwater Valley Route and we’re home and dry – or hopefully, alive! But how about those poor souls in Ewhurst/Cranleigh/Ellens Green/Shamley Green/Dunsfold/Alfold… we wonder quite how well they will fare? And… talking of fares? How will their partners/family get to Frimley Park in Camberley? Or for that matter to the Woking or Farnham Hospitals. There is no direct bus route, railway line from East to West, or to Woking just congested roads.

We have heard from the …Cranleigh Patients’ Group that it  recommends patients  call for:

  • An Excellent & reliable rapid access to the hyper-acute stroke unit in Frimley Park Hospital
  • In–hospital rehabilitation in an acute stroke unit in Royal County Hospital Guildford, accessible to Cranleigh & Ewhurst patients & their families.
  • A first-class network of specialist stroke rehabilitation physiotherapists, speech & occupational therapists based nearby to support stroke patients after discharge from hospital.
  • It must be emphasised that the PPG fully supported the need to create hyper-acute specialised units and they stress to that those are the best places to treat stroke patients in the first instance.

However, the  patients group  has deep concerns about the safety of the wider proposals put forward for patients who live in rural Waverley for a variety of reasons. The main ones are the following:-

An inadequate ambulance service.
SECAM, the present emergency ambulance provider, has recently been assessed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as “inadequate” both for the times it takes to reach patients and the training and retention of skilled paramedic staff.
The traffic congestion between Cranleigh, Guildford and Frimley is extreme and even in off peak times the time to reach the proposed hospitals will be critical
Cranleigh to Frimley Park hospital = 23.3 miles
Cranleigh – RSCH = 11 miles

It is very difficult, nigh on impossible, to reach either Farnham or Woking by public transport for family and friends to visit and support family members who have had a stroke and need that extra emotional support. Both are 17 miles away from Cranleigh.
There is a lack of stroke specialised physiotherapists and speech and language therapists in the community to support patients who are sent home, especially if that is only after 3 days in the hyper-acute unit without step down time.

http://www.guildfordandwaverleyccg.nhs.uk/page1.aspx?p=20

For further information contact Lynda MacDermott
Chair – Cranleigh Patients’ Participation Group
07779251890