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!
This is what the Cranleigh Civic Society wrote about Cala Homes and Crest Nicholson :
Here is a section taken from the council’s Papers.