Oh,​ What folly! – Another Farnham field bites the dust – thanks to an unelected Government Inspector.

The unrelenting determination to target the towns of Farnham and Cranleigh to meet Waverley’s housing targets continued this week.Screen Shot 2018-12-31 at 10.27.41.png

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.”


4 thoughts on “Oh,​ What folly! – Another Farnham field bites the dust – thanks to an unelected Government Inspector.”

  1. Hi WW
    As you know your neck of the woods doesn’t normally get any sympathy from me – due to their determination that most of the Housing need should be met in the East of the Borough – But in this instance I do feel for Farnham – in that they are (as far as I know) the only Large Settlement to have come up with a Neighbourhood Plan and the fact that a Government Inspector can ignore this makes a mockery of the whole process – what encouragement do any of the others have, to come up with anything if it can be rubbished by Central Government.

    The Inspector’s report is very detailed and doesn’t seem to think there is an issue with the fact that it is unlikely that people will Walk into Farnham for local amenities (at least you have them) or the fact that the mix of housing is still skewed in favour of the larger 4 bed homes. Always useful for the London Overspill if not for Farnham residents!

    In my mind Farnham’s Allocation as a percentage of the population is still woefully low in comparison to that of Cranleigh’s but this isn’t justified.

    Farnham being 32% of the Population of Waverley & taking 25% of Allocated Housing

    Cranleigh being 9% of the Population of Waverley & taking 15% of Allocated Housing

    If you add in Dunsfold and little Villages we in the East are taking 42% of allocated Housing

    SO not wishing to bang on about our woes in the East – I think Cllr Cockburn should be let lose on this one after her outrage over the Local Plan – this puts it all into the long grass

    Happy New Year ALL!!!

  2. Maybe, just maybe, if the Waverley plonkers had extracted a digit a bit earlier we would not be in this unholy mess.
    Happy New Year to All.

  3. I don’t think a single Digit is the answer there are too many up where they shouldn’t be! The only thing that keeps me going is knowing we have elections in May 2019 – then we can finally speak with our Feet!
    Happy New Year

  4. Roll on May elections – and people in the towns and villages need to start getting their act together NOW!

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