Down the pan goes Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan, then Farnham’s, Alfold’s and now its the turn of the Surrey Hills village of Ewhurst.
Isn’t it time to rip up all the borough’s Neighbourood Plans – forget the many millions of hours spent by thousands of residents across the borough in their preparation. Because Waverley has a developer led plan, backed by Government Inspectors’ all of whom are determined to cover ‘Your Waverley’ in concrete.
This week it is the turn of Ewhurst to be ignored by Liz the Biz and the rest of Waverley’s shove and shunt planning officers – one of whom is off to greener pastures, where no doubt, he will soon be covering that in concrete?
On Wednesday the jackboot of Elizabeth Sims( LTB) will go under the arse of Peter Cleveland, and Chairman Peter Isherwood to shove through 58 homes into the foot of the picturesque Surrey hills . Land owned by Peter Nutting has been earmarked, after his previous success developing the countryside in homes and now called Larkfield, wants to trouser a bit more dosh by knocking down two homes to force onto more of his land behind for another 58. Not in his name of course!
Having buggered off to Hampshire’s countryside, the former Ewurst resident is eager to plump up his bank balance, having once told its residents how much he and his family cared for the place they once called home.
So ditch the Neighbourhood Plan, and let’s all hear ‘Your Waverley’, not ours any more, here at the Waverley Web we’re too ashamed to own up to recognising this council as ‘ours’, as it recommends its handpicked councillors, which won’t include substitutes from Cranleigh, consent to homes beyond the Green Belt. Homes outside the defined settlement on a site which was not allocated within its own Draft Local Plan, or was put forward as a suitable site in the Council’s (2016) Land Availability Assessment.
Oh, and forget that it is good agricultural land, or that there is ancient woodland or trees covered by Tree Preservation Orders which will have to go. Just give them the chop and plant some new ones around the little boxes. As for the wildlife! what wildlife? Sod them, they can always gravitate up the hill a bit, because there’s no gold in them there hills – or is there?
What ever you do JPC – don’t take a blind bit of notice of the parish council or the villagers of Ewhurst over there in the East, because most of them are just Tory voting fodder, who will rock-up at the next election and vote for anything BLUE!
But just REMEMBER – the new residents will rely for almost every service they use, including GP’s on CRANLEIGH NEW TOWN!
Inspector SJ Buckingham maintained the site in Farnham mentioned below was ‘ previously developed land’ in other words – a brown field site, and would not be ‘especially harmful in the countryside’. Funny, Waverley planners seem less reticent about granting permissions on the countryside, even around flood plains, in the East of the borough.
So – another shed-load of legal costs will soon drop into the council tax-payers lap.