A couple of months ago the owner of a plot on the Lydia Park site below was given planning permission for ‘equestrian use’ from a new access from Stovolds Hill Road. The site is adjacent to Lydia Park, between Alfold and Dunsfold but in the parish of Bramley!
This week the very same site is included in Part 2 of the Local Plan. But this time it is stated that it has “the potential to make a significant contribution to meeting traveller needs in Waverley.” Not the needs of horses!
But haven’t the three sites which already make up the largest concentration of gipsies in the country already made a “significant contribution to traveller sites” in Waverley? Will a fourth site and a new access onto the land, marked red not open the floodgates into the remainder of that site, which is also owned by Lydia Park residents? Will further sites, also “contribute to meeting the future needs” of the many hundreds of gipsies and travellers already residing at Hill Tops, New Acres (a transit site) and Lydia Park?
Another one in Dunsfold?
And… as Cranleigh doesn’t have its very own Gipsy and Traveller site- just one solitary pitch set up one night in Knowle Lane, without planning permission. Then granted on appeal. Could it too now be about to become the Cranleigh New Town’s very own gipsy & traveller site?
This excerpt from the Site Allocations document included in the link below mentions 9 sites. The remainder are in Farnham – ‘hardly borough wide?’ Pity the Planners don’t know how to spell Gipsies – or perhaps GY SPIES is a new type of ethnic group?
More Gypsies and Travellers could be on their way to Farnham Dunsfold and Cranleigh if the Local Plan part 2 is approved.