Now that The Rutland Group has been given the go-ahead to build 1,800 homes, (and another 800 in the Local Plan) at Dunsfold Aerodrome some of the Eastern villages are calling for the railway line to be re-opened.
Government plans could see the old Guildford to Horsham railway line reopened after a new transport strategy was announced recently.
Following years of debate on whether the rail route should be revived, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s latest scheme has paved the way for potential progress.
Fresh proposals mean councils can now recommend that previously culled stations be brought back to life.
Mr Grayling said plans to expand the network were made in order to aid housing growth and produce more jobs across Britain. So he must mean the Guildford to Horsham line through Cranleigh?
However, Bramley Parish Council recently conducted a survey of local residents regarding the possible future of the Downs Link through the village.
Nearly 1,400 questionnaires were circulated and there were 456 replies 33% were received.
Analysis of these replies revealed that if they have anything to do with there will be no rails going anywhere near Bramley!
NO SURPRISE – THERE THEN!
The survey revealed 70% were in favour of NO CHANGE to the Downslink – the former railway line route.
When asked about specific options nearly 50% were strongly against adding a railway and even more- 60%-were against adding a bus lane.
Views were more evenly spread on the two canal options with the Wey and Arun Canal canal, which begins in West Sussex, travels through Loxwood, Alfold and Dunsfold through Cranleigh, and onto Bramley, receiving slightly more support than objections.
Presumably, Bramley residents whose homes back onto the route of the canal are happy to have their des res’s down by the riverside! But not on the other side of the tracks?
Clearly, therefore, Bramley is against any significant change but this is probably no real surprise.
However, do the residents of Cranleigh feel the same? With pressure from all the new housing already consented, and more planned, the sooner, their views are known the better.
Perhaps Cranleigh Parish Council and Cranleigh Civic Society – now is the time to start asking your inhabitants what THEY WANT?
The future of BAe’s former home is secure! Following years of controversy – numerous planning applications; two major planning appeals and two planning inquiries, costing the applicants and Waverley taxpayers many millions of pounds!
However, it is Cranleigh New Town, that has now been dealt a double whammy!
Unprecedented Development within a once peaceful rural village – and now without!
Protect Our Waverley; MP’s Jeremy SHunt and Matron Anne Milton; may it forever be upon your heads for the part you played in the blow that you have dealt the village Waverley councillors have repeatedly described as – “poor old Cranleigh.” This is what your delaying tactics have contributed to!
Here are some of the reasons why The Secretary of State gave his consent to DP.
The provision accords with the Local Plan which he said – is no longer out-of-date.
The borough’s housing situation has changed “massively.”
Waverley must now take some of Woking’s unmet need!
The location, (airfield) can no longer be considered inherently unsuitable.
He supports the further development of 2,600 homes to relieve the pressure on the borough’s greenfield sites.
Dunsfold Aerodrome will be a “key contributor to Waverley’s housing need for affordable housing.”
Waverley’s affordable housing need is “ACUTE!”
New employment will be provided to an existing business park.
The Government believes the site “might” provide for 1,000 new jobs giving a huge economic benefit to the borough.
The Jigsaw School for the Autistic will be able to expand into new premises.
And.. a new 2 form primary school provided.
Traffic on the A281 will perform better when the optimum performance settings are operated on the traffic systems.
There will be no significant impact on the highway network from heavy vehicles.
No impact on the countryside due to the current use of the site as both a business park and an operational aerodrome. He said: ‘The sensitivity of the landscape character is not high, and “the intactness of the landscape was lost when the aerodrome was created and has little scenic quality.’
The small amount of ancient woodland to be sacrificed was of poor quality Sycamore trees, and the environment would benefit in the future.
There are practical solutions to ensure foul sewage and surface water drainage are dealt with appropriately.
There was no harm to the heritage assets.
This is a comprehensive defeat of the objectors! Who he said were “hypocritical”
This paragraph is taken from the Secretary of State’s Report.
There are a few people who claimed Dunsfold would receive consent over their dead bodies! One is now spinning in their grave, others may soon follow! No names, no pack drill – as we say in the Army!
It’s only taken a mere 16 years for the Flying Scot to learn today that his ambitious plans to turn Dunsfold Aerodrome into an eco-village fit for the 21st century, complete with 1800 homes, a primary school, GP surgery and all the essential elements required to support day-to-day living has – at very long last – been consented. And, by no less a personage than Sajid Javid the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Some would argue that amidst the growing hullabaloo about a lack of affordable housing. The Tories’ alleged commitment to riding roughshod over the concerns of NIMBY residents and Councils’ in their determination to show they care – really, REALLY care! – about the housing crisis, there was no way they could afford to turn this application down but, by God, they’ve had a bloody good try!
Mistress Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, has made no bones about her opposition to the scheme from the get-go and – despite her colleague Dominic Raab’s call for ‘more affordable homes’ to ‘restore the dream of homeownership.’ She openly boasted how she’d whipped S of S Javid into calling in the planning application in the hope he would overturn Waverley Council’s decision in December 2016 to grant consent.
Rumour has it, deep in the burrow of the Burys, that Council Leader, Julia Potts, was so incensed at Mistress Milton’s unwarranted interference, that the two fell out BIG time!
A week to the day Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey was outed by The Sun as a budding buy-to-let property-mogul – with more than a casual interest in keeping would-be homeowners tied into the rental market. Now – Javid, it would seem, has finally grown a pair and told his erstwhile colleagues they not only need to toe the party line but be seen to toe the party line in their own constituencies!
But a word of caution to the Flying Scot before he starts doing the Highland Fling:
Perhaps he should ask himself will his joy be short-lived? Remember …back in December 2016, when Your Waverley granted consent and, only weeks later, defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory, when, at Annie’s and SHunt’s behest, (S of S) Javid ruled he would have the final say on Dunsfold Park’s future?
Waverley Web has no doubt as we write, Protect our little Corner of Awfold, Duncefold, Ker-Chingfold and Where-Has–All-the-Traffic-Combe-From is dusting off its begging bowls and door-stepping its supporters, asking them to dig deep – just one more time! WHY? To fund the final leg of its marathon act of NIMBYISM, to launch a Judicial Review of both the Dunsfold Park decision and the Local Plan!
Surely not, we hear you say! Why not?
Because they can!
With cheer-leader-in-chief’s Mistress Milton’s backing, and a bit of behind the bikesheds manoeuvring from Jeremy Shunt-All-the-Houses elsewhere, these suburban terrorists – yes, we did say suburban!This is Surrey, an extension of Greater London, not deepest-darkest-Dorset – have, for in excess of 10 long years, waged a very successful campaign to deny the children and grandchildren of their less-well-off neighbours any opportunity of getting a foothold on the property ladder within spitting distance of Awfold, Duncefold, Ker-Chingfold, etc and anywhere in between.
After all, it’s only 18 years since BAE Systems vacated Dunsfold Aerodrome … so what’s the hurry to make a decision about its future? We need to consult, consult, and CONSULT… with the dormouse (AKA Sarah Sullivan), the Bat (AKA Councillor Betty Ames), the Bullfrogs (AKA Councillor Betty Ames and the Leader of PoW, Bob Lees) not to mention Uncle Tom Cobbley (AKA Squire Orange) … get the picture?
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, China plans to build 66 new airports in the next five years. And we wonder why we lost an Empire and are a declining world power … Go figure!
Isn’t it time PoW and the ilk stopped the monotonous moaning, got over themselves and embraced Sajid Javid’s decision and, in the words of the Beetles: [Just] let it be …
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah let it be. Whisper words of wisdom Let it be
Interesting in this Press Release to concentrate on the often overlooked employment aspects!
There’s no doubt about it- Andrew Povey’s bid to dislodge the Hodge who believes he has a right to the throne has made him mad. In fact, he is madder than mad Jack, winner of last year’s Mr Mad man competition!
The Cranleigh & Ewhurst County Councillor failed miserably in his bid to oust the Leader of Surrey County Council from his head honcho role! He predicted David Hodge’s seven-year stint as the Tory leader of the council was over. He believed his fellow councillors needed some “fresh thinking” and some “new ideas” and he was THEIR MAN!
Sadly his colleagues appear to have disagreed with DR P – so his current bid to dislodge Hodge failed!
Watch out, Sir Percy! The daggers are out and the Twit is now twittering. He’s now blaming YOU for putting volunteers in to help keep the county’s libraries open!