Another shameful night for ‘Your Waverley and its officers aided an abetted by a company that has poured money into Tory coffers and also aims to build over 500 homes over Alfold’s countryside too!
Will the last person to leave Cranleigh get the boats out? Because yet another round of ‘Your Waverley’s dirty work has been done.
Cranleigh Residents, parish and borough councillors and the Civic Society, fought tirelessly to stop one of the most controversial applications ever to be considered by Waverley Planners. But, they failed by 10 votes to 8, with two abstentions to stop Thakeham Homes building 54 homes in Elmbridge Road. Members of the Joint Planning Committee from the rest of the borough stood shoulder to shoulder to approve the scheme, demonstrating they don’t give a damn about increasing Cranleigh flooding problems, the size of homes to be built there, or the stench young families will have to endure.
OH! and by the way there is no history on flooding in 2013. COMPLETE SILENCE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY. Despite the fact that its officers visited the site! Stitch up – or what?
Satisfied by planners and experts, (there were so many of them in the chamber it was like the charge of the light brigade) that floodwater would not reach more than 25 metres from the new homes, councillors chose to ignore the impact the developer’s scheme could have on every other property in Elmbridge, including homes on the adjacent Knowle Park Initiative site still to receive detailed consent.
Cranleigh councillor Mary Foryszewski warned her colleagues, future generations of Cranleigh people will hold them responsible for the decisions they make. And she was joined by her Cranleigh colleagues, Jeannette and Stewart Stennett, and Liz Townsend (who spoke but had no vote).
Once again, a Cranleigh councillor Mike Band from Shamley Green, together with Wonersh councillor, Michael ‘Sleepy’ Goodridge and Bramley’s By-Pass Byham all supported building on a site in the full knowledge that it could put people’s lives at risk and where, they were warned, homes could be uninsurable.
The treacherous bunch of Tory tossers revealed for all to see, that they were quite prepared to accept fiddled figures based on dodgy data from The Environment Agency, Thames Water and Thakeham Homes, rather than photographic and personal evidence provided by the people who actually live with the constant fear of flooding, and breathe the stinking Summer effluent and witness road traffic accidents. They ignored photographic evidence of a car covered in floodwater, where an elderly gentleman was rescued from his car, only yards from his home. Despite being told by Cranleigh Councillor Liz Townsend and Farnham’s Jerry Hyman that floodwater was much worse than had been stated and in December 2013 it had reached 45.194m!
They also refused to allow councillors to view further photographic evidence presented by Councillor Jerry Hyman showing both a water mark on the pumping station on the Elmbridge Road, taken in December 2013, as well as flood detritus, proving water had been over a 1 in 1,000 years predicted flood event. Cranleigh has suffered at least five floods of this magnitude in 50 years – 1968, 1981, 1985, 2001 and 2013, so more than 1 in 25 years! Far from the flood zones being increased , due to recent climate change data, they were decreased, and the safety of new residents and people living further downstream should have been paramount. At which point, By-Pass B, did admit he might be worried if it caused problems in Bramley, parochial or what!!
According to the Cranleigh Civic Society: Click here: New residents are not guaranteed flood insurance, in fact they could end up with new (and very expensive) homes that are frankly worthless, but then why would Waverley councillors worry about that, they will either have RETIRED and won’t be there to take the consequences for their dastardly deeds, or hopefully, will be kicked out at the 2018 elections!
So another development dumped on Cranleigh bringing its total new houses up to nearly 1,400. In a race for a housing figure to stop Farnham’s new homes being built. Leaving Craneigh with flooding problems for ever more,
Guess where the children’s play areas is? In the drainage or (SUDS) area, so will not only be completely useless when needed most, but a danger to youngsters. let’s hope new residents keeps a careful eye on their children!
So.. it’s now official – ‘Your Waverley’ is sacrificing the East of the borough on the altar of developers! AND…
Here at the Waverley Web, we often say, nothing further will surprise us, but we had to admit we were shocked by the decision to allow wealthy farmer Peter Hewitt, build, what everyone admitted were, sub-standard homes on an island adjacent to one of the worst areas for flooding, smell and traffic hazards, near a one way bridge the scene of numerous serious accidents.
One councillor described Thakeham’s argument that it builds “quality homes” which would be artificially elevated to keep out the floodwater – would become a housing island, surrounded by water – opposite a stinking Sewage Treatment Works, infested with flies, with homes that fail to meet even Waverley’s own accepted accommodation size standards,
But according to Brian ~Adams the Council’s Portfolio holder for planning, people wanted cheap homes, and whether or not they met acceptable standards, was not a planning consideration.
“Yes, Mr Adams, let’s build another ghetto in Cranleigh like Sirus Place”, said one angry resident after the meeting.
Chairman Peter Isherwood, made a fool of himself yet again, by insulting a council colleague. Yes, you guessed Farnham’s Jerry Hyman because Farnham Residents elected representative dared to contradict evidence put forward by the ‘experts’, and was reminded by the chairman, who has himself become an integral part of Waverley’s shove and shunt brigade to push as much development in the East as possible that HE (JH) was NOT an expert. Despite JH’s dogged determination to challenging the experts ‘misleading evidence’, Isherwood did his usual shut the fu** up exercise, accusing Hyman, of ‘being no expert and refusing to allow him to speak.
Here’s one residents take on the evening, despite the fact that when voting took place the webcast camera was pointed to the wall! Wonder why? Could it be councillors wanted to keep their faces hidden.
Well here they are: Carole Cockburn (stick it all over there in Cranleigh because we don’t want more housing in Farnham), Chairman Peter Isherwood(Handheld) , Maurice Byham – I’ll vote for anything anywhere as long as it isn’t Dunsfold; Mike Band; Michael Goodridge (Wonersh) ; Bryan Adams(Frensham/Tilford) ; Anna James (Chiddingfold); Pat Frost (Farnham), David Else (Elstead); Stephen Hill (Farnham)
It makes my blood boil – I want to know who voted for and who against – Bet I can guess!!! Planners ignore the facts and stick to the NPPF when it suits – I am sick to death of this Planner-Lead Council – as for Isherwood dissing Mr Hyman- there has to be something that can be done – It makes for foul watching and I really feel for the Cranleigh Councilors who are simply not listened to – I hope that when Thakeham try to sell these homes the Buyers know what they are getting……. Boxes for the Affordable and Flooded gardens for everyone – Well done Thakeham. Having reviewed their tactics with the proposed Springbok developement – anything that can be done via Desk Based research or dodgy companies that no longer exist is fine – Shocking and I cannot believe they let this one through – Well done WBC – I hope you will bear the fruits of this decision when it all goes soggy and insurance claims start coming in – Bearing in mind this is all recorded for posterity – I will certainly remind them.
If you can bear it You can watch the meeting, streamed for two hours before the actual meeting takes place – here: