AT THE DUNSFOLD INQUIRY,
AND, AT THE ALFOLD INQUIRY, IN THE CORNER MARKED ‘D’ FOR DUNCE, – WE HAVE – Chris Britton from – Protect Our Little Corner ( POLC).
By his own admission, Mr Robin Shepherd, PoW & the Parishes’ town planning expert, was in the novel position of being a poacher turned game-keeper on behalf of his client on day three of the Dunsfold Airfield inquiry. He usually acts for the developer rather than Outraged of Awfold – ooops, sorry, we meant Alfold!
Very early on Mr Shepherd also admitted to being a man lacking in vision – well, not in those precise words – obviously – after all, no town planner wants to admit he lacks vision! But he quite clearly said that he failed to grasp Waverley Borough Council’s change of direction!
What’s not to grasp? It’s hardly rocket science: Waverley has to build more houses and short of building on green fields and Green Belt near you, dear reader, it’s all out of options if it doesn’t support house building at Dunsfold Park, the biggest brownfield site in its borough!
But, apparently, Mr Shepherd simply couldn’t understand why the Council hadn’t looked at building on the Green Belt!!!
That’s right, folks, you read it hear first: Mr Shepherd – on behalf of his flock (sorry! we mean his clients, PoW & the Parishes) was suggesting that Waverley should be seriously looking at building on the borough’s precious Green Belt before it builds on a brownfield site immediately adjacent to a main A-road!
In a parallel universe PoW & the Parishes would be chaining themselves to the posts and rails that fence in their green fields before they’d allow a developer within five miles of the aforementioned green fields and Green Belt.
In fact, what are we talking about? Five miles up the road – as the crow flies – in Cranleigh, Councillor Kevin Deanus, on behalf of Waverley Borough and whose parish council is one of the parishes being represented by Mr Shepherd), is doing just that. He’s not at the Dunsfold Park Inquiry – where he’d dearly like to be – because he’s too busy defending an appeal by Thakeham Homes who want to build 425 houses on Alfold’s precious green fields!!!
And… Protect Our Little Corner’s Chris Britton was there to oppose that green field site too!
Oh the irony of it!
Because they don’t want a housing estate within five miles of their In / Out drives PoW & the Parishes are trying to hoodwink Inspector Philip Major into believing they’re ready, willing and able to accept development on their villages’ green fields as a sensible, viable alternative to building on a brown field site.
Only problem is, the inconvenient truth is they’re not! And, even more inconveniently, one of their number is objecting to just such a development only a hop, skip and a jump away in a neighbouring village!
No wonder Liz – The Biz – Sims’ head shot up faster than a Meerkat’s when she heard that one!
YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT UP. Seriously you couldn’t!