Numerous empty nests in ‘Your Waverley?’ But there will be less birds and more nests in Alfold if the planners get their way today.

The urbanisation of small rural villages appears to be the order of the day in ‘New Waverley!’

Villages which have retained their rural feel until now, could soon be lit up at night, and undergo a radical character change.

The reserved matters,  design, landscaping, etc, for the first phase of 55 of the 120 home development  at Sweeters Copse, Loxwood Road,  granted two years ago, goes before Waverley Planners today Wednesday. And despite strong objection from Alfold Parish Council the officers have recommended approval – no surprise there then!  

A previous  scheme included an infants school, shop and other facilities but these have all been dumped by the applicants. Presumably because they are hanging their hopes on Dunsfold aerodrome being given the go-ahead by the Secretary of State. If it doesn’t, where do Alfold’s children go to school? Presumably Cranleigh?

The parish council heard recently that there would be no objection from the lead flood authority as Thames Water was satisfied that when remedial flood work was undertaken on five homes in Clappers Meadow, it would alleviate  any potential flooding and sewage problems at Sweeters Copse. 

No problem there then – prevent flooding in five homes  equals = flood relief for 55 or even 120!

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 17.13.59.pngThe applicant – I Humble – who is obviously anything but – wants to build apartment blocks like this on an arable field adjoining more arable fields in a rural village on the Surrey/Sussex border:

40% affordable, with on site ‘private drainage’ and connection to the sewers? Whose sewers? Cranleigh sewers or Southern Water sewers in Loxwood?

 This is part of  the Update Sheet-  It is the “Adorable Housing Mix” that gets us and Alfold residents laughing like drains! Except most of their drains are overflowing!

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The on-site Waste Water treatment facility has now been removed – So does that men they will be pumping the Sh1t from 55 New homes into the Local Village Network – presumably to Loxwood? Which has to cope with its new Antler Homes development – Or maybe to Cranleigh’s overloaded STW 5 miles away, no  fun there then for the beleaguered residents of Elmbridge!

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Here’s what the parish council has to say…

The design gives the impression of an urban development, not consistent with a development within a rural village.

The submitted Design and Access Statement frequently refers to Cranleigh and the Cranleigh Design Statement. There is no mention of the Alfold Housing Rural Initiative. The proposal does not comply with Policy D4.

Whilst the Parish Council notes that the design is similar to that of the applicant’s scheme at Amlets Lane, it is not suitable for a country village.

The Parish Council feel that the applicant is missing an opportunity to satisfy the national demand. This is an opportunity to design a rural village settlement with a soft impact on the surrounding village. The scheme proposes street scenes with rows of houses.

In terms of the design, the Parish Council consider the following:

  •   Not only are the houses of an urban style, they are bland and, in particular, it is inappropriate to have 2.5 storeys for apartments in a rural village.
  •   There are no bungalows, which are sought after in the village.
  •   Although the parking provisions meet the required minimum, they’re inadequate in the circumstances. It is inevitable with the development being in an area with very limited public transport, that there will be a strong demand by each of the households for two or more vehicles. The Parish Council notes the provision of 22 garages which are incorporated into the parking numbers, but in reality the garages are more likely to be used for

storage as there is little provision for storage in the dwellings. The Parish Council would challenge the width of the estate road as it is inevitable that parking will take place which will restrict use of the road.

  •   Street lighting would have an additional urbanising effect which clashes with the wishes of the village for no street lighting (Rural Initiative). The consequence of installing lighting in one particular area will exacerbate darkness of the unlit areas.

  •   Although there is provision for a play area, it is located at the edge of the development. Modern society wants children to play outside but in view of the houses. It would be sensible and more in keeping with the ‘village hamlet’ to have amenity and play areas as a central feature.
  •   The Parish Council notes that there is a proposal for a management company. This must be set up in a way as to ensure that it continues to exist in the future. The Parish Council notes the temporary bin area. It is presumed that this is for the flats only and there would be sufficient regulations to ensure it is not used permanently.
  •   Concern is raised by the village as to the generation of noise from the development.The Parish Council accepts that there has been some attempt to meet their original concerns, but there are still outstanding points of concern. As such, the Parish Council maintains their objection to the application.

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Since the report was printed – The primary education contribution has been reduced by £39,940!

Officers consider, “that the proposed development incorporates a good layout which would respect the character of the area and allow for a safe and attractive living environment”. Even though they admit, in the paragraph below taken from the report that  8 homes don’t  meet the National Space Standards!

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and here’s an article about Your Waverley’s empty nests!

16.12.08 – Scandal of Waverly’s empty homes

4 thoughts on “Numerous empty nests in ‘Your Waverley?’ But there will be less birds and more nests in Alfold if the planners get their way today.”

  1. They have changed their plans so many times now that the JPC will wonder what all the comments refer to – To give them their due they have added in TWO 1 bed Bungalows – One would have thought that 2 beds would be more appropriate esp. If someone needs assitance? They have removed the Street lighting – BUT each house will have its own PIR External Light. The Gas Storage facility is next to the LEAP – Always a good plan to put that kind of thing next to Children – The Revised Plans that came out on the 31st October do not seem to bear any relation to the revised Site layout of the properties – How anyone can make a decision based on these plans is beyond me. The Type of Private Property that had UPSTAIRS Study seems to have disappeared, but plenty of the 3 and 4 Bed Private homes have Downstairs Study/Dining rooms – I shall watch with interest tonight.

  2. Won’t we all! – Where’s the school? We thought the traffic problems around schools in Farnham were bad – God help Cranleigh if they all have to go there!

  3. Well – All the big Posh 3-4 Bed properties will no doubt send their little-lovelies to Private school and the ones in the Teeny Tiny Affordable ones – won’t have enough room for children unless they are Hobbits so shouldn’t be too much of a problem…..

  4. Well with 38.7 Mbs Download – I would expect to be able to watch this without Constant disruption I would also like to see the camera on the right People. It was orginally REFUSED and Now Deferred on what ??? Extent of Hard Standing and the LEAP – Design was NOT mentioned – Well it is better than nothing I suppose- But it should have been refused to make them go back and REALLY think again – I think this is an Easy Option.
    And Look out Loxwood there is a Pile of Pooh coming your way – Poor old Southern Water wont know what has hit them now that Thames Water have said it is not a problem – It is just one Man-hole in their Bit the rest of it is Southern Water..
    it is shamefull how the Officers just say it is not a concideration if the Affordable housing is so small – IT IS – I just bally give up

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