Now the WW has to apologise too. It was Bewley Homes that did it their way – and not Bellway Homes. Perhaps one day soon we will all be able to watch and HEAR – the webcast of Waverley meetings?
Dig, dig, dig – the whole day through! Dig, dig, dig, dig Ancient Woodland too!
THE CHEEKY DEVILS ADMIT AND APOLOGISE FOR DRIVING A COACH AND HORSES THROUGH PROTECTIVE POLICIES, INCLUDING:
DEMOLISHING TREES COVERED BY PRESERVATION ORDERS (TPO’s)!
BUILDING A PUMPING STATION WITHIN THE PROHIBITED 15 METRES PROTECTED BUFFER ZONE OF ANCIENT WOODLAND.
FELLING OR DAMAGING A ROW OF MATURE SCOTS PINES ON THE SITE FRONTAGE!
So it could build 72 homes, 26 “affordable” – whatever that means – on land of Great Landscape Value at the Garden Style Nursery, in Wrecclesham near Farnham.
“Shocking,” Disgraceful; “appalling,” “amazing,” “criminal” ” treating the Waverley Borough like somewhere in the Wild West – were just a few of the descriptions given to the misdemeanours of the “illegal” acts of vandalism carried out by one of the Nation’s largest house=builders!
Surprise- surprise – isn’t that the same housebuilder that committed exactly the same little misdemeanour in Cranleigh last Winter? Building too close to Ancient Woodland – moving badger sets, digging new holes for badgers who were later found – drowned dead!! God knows what Bramley’s Dotty Dardak would have to say about that!! No that was Bellway.
Fear not, despite all the protestations – Steven Strenwith? – Bewley Homes’ Land Director, or not, in this particular case, apologised to Councillors and officers for the errors in construction – but failed to mention the good citizens of Wrecclesham who have to live with his mistakes. He said his company had a fine reputation for quality housebuilding, rabbit, rabbit, won’t be many of them left either, and it would all be alright on the night – or words to that effect.
Officers waxed lyrical how the developer would be making amends by putting in trees to “mitigate” the harm, and Farnham’s Carole Cockburn after a minor rant, said the developer had improved the site layout by adding another seven homes, so should be supported!
Ah well! That’s alright then! Isn’t it?
After a load of councillors followed Godalming’s Follows footsteps with furious rants, and Cranleigh’s Liz Townsend suggested the developer should not be allowed to ride roughshod over Waverley’s well tried and tested planning laws, it looked as though the application might be deferred or even REFUSED! Despite the principle of development being established when outline permission was granted last year!
WOW, not really? They couldn’t, could they?
Then Oh! Carole – reached into her big knickers for her big stick and began beating her colleagues into submission. If permission was refused the developer could build the four-bedroom homes already granted and not the extra 7 semi-detached properties now offered.
So there you are! The principal of a Developer, who ignores the law on TPO’s, and strict laws that protect Ancient Woodland – a criminal offence, but offers an ineffectual apology, has to be dragged kicking and screaming by officers into “mitigating” the offence by planting replacement trees, has now been established!
After watching this shambolic meeting the WW was ashamed… and so were many others. We witnessed our Senior Planning Committee Chaired by Peter Isherwood – who should have been dumped after he rubbished the villages of Ewhurst and Cranleigh, but continues undeterred, to wreck our lovely borough! Is there anything now that is sacred in this rotten borough of Waverley?
We haven’t even mentioned Councillor Gerry Hyman’s continuous claim that Waverley consistently flouts European environmental Law by not providing the Appropriate Assessments required for Farnham’s Special Protection Areas. Accusations that ‘YW’ rubbish, and refuse to show evidence that AA’s have been carried out- including “bird numbers?”
When pressed officers said they “could” seek enforcement of the developers’ illegal actions, but that was “A CONFIDENTIAL MATTER’ – so confidential no doubt, that it will never be heard of again!
But the WW will be watching carefully. We are still waiting for a report on the Police findings on the council’s false Air Quality Data Report?
Hang your heads in shame Waverley Borough Council for allowing developers to trash Ancient Woodland – woodland that is over 600 years old. It is no excuse that you cannot monitor developments!
Hang your heads in shame Bewley Homes, and we ask? How can these people ever be trusted to build in this borough again!!
Oh! and by the way- forget all that mock outrage. There were 12 votes in favour – two against and one abstention.
Presumably, two councillors who oppose such criminal behaviour Councillor Follows and Townsend – and one Councill Hyman – who couldn’t even acknowledge an ‘illegal application!’ Our apologies if we have it wrong – because the cameras are turned away from the committee during voting! Wonder why?