Proving there’s no rest for the wicked, whilst the rest of us were tucking into turkey burger, turkey curry, turkey fritters, turkey sandwiches and turkey slaw, whilst letting out our belts another notch – or two (or three in the case of our Editor!) the rump end of Protect Our Waverley was gearing up for yet another battle with the Dunsfold Developer.
Yes, we know you thought we’d left all that behind when we said goodbye to 2018 – when the High Court found in favour of Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan and Capt’n Bob indicated he was throwing in the towel as far as the Dunsfold Developer was concerned – but Little Britton and Co appear to have spent the festive season – whilst the rest of us were guzzling English Sparkling (best get used to it with Brexit looming!) – pouring over a planning application from Gordon Murray Design, to relocate from its Shalford premises, which they’ve outgrown, to a new facility at Dunsfold Park
For those of you who don’t know, Gordon Murray (GMD) has a global reputation as one of the finest automotive design teams in the world. To give you a flavour of what they do, at an end of year press release the Company announced:
‘At our 50-year celebration event last year, we announced two of our own products, the first of which is high volume mid-rear engined sports car platform – T.43 which we launched at the Low Carbon Vehicle event in September this year. We already have potential customers interested in this platform. The second product is a limited edition supercar which promises to re-write the supercar rulebook once again, just as the McLaren F.1 did in 1992 [Gordon Murray joined the Brabham Formula One Team as Technical Director, winning two world championships (1981 & 1983) during his 17 years with the team. … The Company’s first project, the F1 Road Car is still regarded as the world’s best-engineered car].
‘We had a very successful launch with the ‘Ox to India’ programme earlier this month and it is great to see the little truck working in its element providing mobility and services in remote villages. We have already had interest from several prospective customers in possible volume production. The final design and the launch in India were made possible partly by crowdfunding and partly by our partners Shell. All in all, a great success.
‘We have been working on the design of the all-new Gordon Murray Group Headquarters campus which we will be announced in January and our engineering teams are currently engaged on multiple iStream® projects, so 2019 looks like being a very busy year.’
So there you have it, folks, a successful British engineering company, currently based in Shalford and Dunsfold Park, wants to expand and consolidate post-Brexit and, not unnaturally, Dunsfold Park, a hop, skip and a jump away up the A281, has caught its eye.
But, sadly, it’s like a clarion call to the usual suspects – with Little Britton leading the charge!
Whilst having the nous to acknowledge that ‘There are clear merits for this kind of development taking place within the Dunsfold Aerodrome Strategic Site identified in the Local Plan’, Little Britton and Co can’t understand why GMD has submitted a stand-alone application?
It’s as plain as the nose on your face and we are just planning laypersons! Its obvious GM’s team hasn’t cobbled this planning application together overnight but clearly spent many months thinking about what it needs to prosper. Until December 2018 due, in no small part to the antics of Little Britton and Protect our Waverley, Dunsfold Park’s future was, after 16 long years, still uncertain. Neither the Dunsfold Developer nor, more importantly, GMD could place any reliance on the High Court ruling in favour of development at Dunsfold Park so to include their planning application as part of the high-jeopardy Dunsfold Park Master Plan would have been foolhardy, to say the least!
No wonder it lodged a separate application from the existing Master Plan; pretty bloody stupid, commercially speaking, to have done anything else.
Should they now do a U-turn, because PoW has thrown in the towel, and resubmit their application as part of the finally consented Master Plan? Why would they? Just because Little Britton and his neighbours want them to? That’s like asking an oil tanker to turn around and put out to sea again just after its just docked, before its unloaded!
Business needs certainty and few have the luxury of waiting on the whims of Waverley residents who have demonstrated, time and again that they’re only interested in their interests. Little Britton bemoans the fact that the boundary of his property is only 500 metres from the site boundary. in both the East, West, North and South of the borough others face the same situation. But they chose to live in the countryside, not adjoining an airfield – and the largest brownfield site in Waverley.
Post Brexit – regardless of their views on the subject – it behoves Local Authorities and the Government to put their best foot forward and ensure nothing stands in the way of jobs and prosperity in a brave new post-Brexit Britain.
WW heard one notable eejit at the Dunsfold Park Planning Inquiry diss the development because there were no jobs at the Business Park for his clever-clogs son. Typical Tory Tosser, he assumed the ‘sink estate’ was only home to scaffolding companies, Cranleigh Freight, MoT garages and their ilk – all low-paid, low-skilled jobs that simply weren’t good enough for his university-educated little snowflake. If he’d bothered to do his homework – like any well-educated nob would – he’d have realised that Dunsfold Park is home to a number of hi-tech and innovative companies and now Gordon Murray has designs on it too.
The moral of this tale? Be careful what you wish for!!! What goes around, comes around and often rears up and bites you on the bum. If Little Britton hadn’t dragged out the Battle for Dunsfold Park, Gordon Murray Design could, no doubt would have included its application as part of the Master Plan … but then, of course, he wouldn’t have anything to complain about and it seems to us people like Little Britton simply don’t know what to do with themselves if they don’t have something to hitch their wagon too!
God help Awfold Parish Council when he gets his claws well and truly into it … because as one councillor was heard to say at a council meeting – we don’t need homes and we certainly don’t need jobs.