By clicking on the link below you can hear for yourselves Part – and only part of the Executive Meeting held tonight at Waverley Towers!
You will also hear only part of Farnham Residents Councillor Gerry Hyman’s plea to the Council’s Executive to set aside party politics and postpone a decision, until the Overview & Scrutiny Committee that he chairs, has had an opportunity ‘for the sake of our borough’ to consider the modifications to the plan before it goes out to public consideration. Needless to say his request was refused – and the council will stick to a strict timetable laid down by Inspector Jonathan Bore.
Leader Julia Potts – said she appreciated the huge concern felt by everyone in the borough of Waverley about the increased housing numbers, and in particular the concerns of Farnham residents of which she was one. But she stressed it was imperative that Waverley Council had a robust plan in place. ‘We do not want appeal led development in the borough and the only way we can avoid this is with a robust Local Plan.’
She stressed there was ‘no whip, and no party-line – just that everyone wanted to see a sound local plan.
She said it was difficult for everyone in Waverley to understand why the borough was required to meet Woking’s un-met housing need and the council officers had fought hard against it at the Local Plan hearing. ‘But we were told in no uncertain terms by the Inspector we had to take the increase in numbers!’
Councillor Kevin Deanus said he had no wish to see Alfold’s allocation go up by 25%, but bearing in mind the huge increase for Farnham – could not object. Godalming Councillor Andrew Bolton said he had asked Godalming residents who supported removal of the green belt in Aarons Hill to provide affordable housing and which site had a pedestrian link to Godalming Station.
It was agreed there would be further consultation with Farnham Town Council whether its proposed increase in housing numbers and suitable sites would be contained in Part 1 or Part 11 of the Local Plan
The only reference to the elephant in the room was from Councillor Andy McLeod who said he believed the extra homes now required should be included in the masterplan for Dunsfold Park.
Click here to watch part of the meeting. Which could be removed at any time – and for which we here at the Waverley Web apologise!