The unrelenting determination to target the towns of Farnham and Cranleigh to meet Waverley’s housing targets continued this week.
An unelected Government Inspector has over-ruled a democratically elected planning authority, and the will of Farnham residents, by allowing 100 new homes in Folly Hill.
Waverley planning officers refused the scheme on fields south of Upper Old Park Lane on a site occupying part of the medieval Farnham Old Park, using their delegated powers.
Many hundreds of Farnham people objected to Catesby Estates Ltd and Bewley Homes plans. But the determined developers refused to take NO for an answer and lodged an appeal.
Now a government inspector Philip J Asquith has sent an Exocet missile into Waverley’s Local Plan and blown a gaping hole in Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan!
He claims Waverley has a “significant shortfall” in its delivery of housing against government targets, and specifically its ability to deliver enough housing to meet demand over the next five years.”
He said: “I consider the council’s stance on a five-year housing land supply to be somewhat optimistic.”