When is someone, somewhere, sometime, anytime, going to get the name of that poor village right?
If at first you don’t succeed – just try, try, and try again…?
Having been thwarted in its attempt in July to build 39 dwelling on land at Brockhurst Farm, Alfold Crossway, Cove Construction has banged in another application – this time for 25!
This is a revision of revision of WA/2017/0104 which was recommended by Waverley’s Officer’s for approval, after all they want to ensure they have a 5 year land supply! BUT it was refused by members of the Joint Planning Committee. Let’s see if the developer together with officers are more successful this time? No bets on that certainty now that Thakeham Homes’ Springbok scheme has hit the buffers!
Read that decision by clicking on the link below:
Here are the council’s reasons for refusing the earlier scheme.
- 2.9 Despite the positive recommendation, the application was refused by Waverley Borough Council’s planning committee on the 14th July 2017. The reasons for refusal contained on the decision notice are as follows:
- The proposed development, by reason of the extent of development and number and density of dwellings would harm the intrinsic character and beauty of the Countryside, contrary to Policy C2 of the Waverly Borough Local Plan 2002 and paragraph 17 of the NPPF 2012
- The applicant has failed to enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure the provision of affordable housing within the meaning of the NPPF, appropriate to meet Waverley Borough Council’s housing need. The proposal would therefore fail to create a sustainable, inclusive and mixed community contrary to the requirements of paragraph 50 of the NPPF 2012.
- The applicant has failed to enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure contributions towards education, environmental enhancements, play space provision, recycling and the ongoing maintenance and management of SuDS and public open spaces. The proposal therefore conflicts with Policies D13, D14 and M2 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002 and paragraphs 7 and 17 of the NPPF 2012.
- The applicant has failed to enter into an appropriate legal agreement to secure a programme of highway improvement works to mitigate the impact of traffic generated by the development. As such, the proposal would fail to limit the significant impacts of the development on the surrounding highway network. The application therefore fails to meet the transport requirements of the Nation Planning Policy Framework 2012, Polices M2 and M14 of the Waverley Borough Local Plan 2002 and Policy ST1 of the Pre-Submission Local Plan Part 1: Strategic Policies and Sites 2016.
- 2.10 We do not consider that reason for refusal 1 represents an objection in principle. Instead the reason for refusal relates to the extent of development the and number and density of dwellings and the alleged harm that this would cause to the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside.
Want to bet they get it this time around?
There are another shedload of objections from residents mainly based on highway and flooding grounds, overdevelopment and the loss of countryside. The dangerous Crossways junction, known locally as Kamikaze Corner, is cited as another reason for refusing the scheme as residents living nearby claim they regularly entertain cars as they impale themselves onto their front garden hedges!
But of course there will be No Objection from the highway authority, because there never is!
Residents also reckon that there are enough homes already approved to more than satisfy Waverley’s housing requirements for Alfold – and when built, will have met need within five years let alone the life of the Local Plan which runs until 2032!