Godalming residents are waking up and smelling the concrete that could be about to cover part of the town’s once protective green belt.
If recent planning officer recommendations are anything to go by its a given. The mantra in ‘Your Waverley’s ‘ planning department is – ‘if it doesn’t move grant permission!’
Last night at Western Planning officers were quite happy to convert a shed into a house near Farnham Castle’s Conservation Area!!
Residents are beginning to question why farmland should be removed from the Green Belt to provide more housing in Eashing Lane. Some residents are posting videos on the Godalming Community Board generating over a 100 comments in the GREAT GODALMING GREEN BELT DEBATE
- What do they get in return for 262 houses?
- A mystery Community Building and a footpath into an existing field they are calling a ‘new Country Park’ – (as it’s too steep to build houses on!)
- More traffic?
- Services under stress?
Meanwhile, the developers have released a “Community Update Newsletter” ahead of the Planning Application consultation closing this week.
Here is the link to download the newsletter.
One resident and video poster Nina M has also started a petition, which we would like to bring to your attention, seeking to “Ask Waverley BC to rethink housebuilding & reject Ashill development on greenfield land”
Good Luck – We’ve seen how the East of the Borough, has been treated without the area benefitting from Green Belt protection! As councillors sat with their hands in the air consenting development after development even on floodplains, they called it ‘Poor Old Cranleigh.”
No doubt they will stick their hands in the air and call our town – “Poor Old Godawfulming!’
Not a single Conservative Councillor has responded as to WHY they took this land out of Green Belt, as opposed to any other space, given the very narrow roads into Godalming or the bottleneck that is the A3 to Guildford.
Perhaps they will break the habit of a lifetime and write to us here at firstname.lastname@example.org