Its raining concrete – halleluiah?
Developers – Alfold Estates is digging in for 56 new homes – 19 of which it claims will be “affordable” – only months after receiving permission for 10 homes – two of which were “affordable.”
Yup, you did read that right, in the infamous words of Grace Brothers: ‘Going up!’ From 10 to 56 – that’s a whopping 460% increase!!!
We don’t like to say we told you so but … oh, go on then, why hold back?
We bloody well told you so!
The size of the site of the former Wyevale Garden Centre is the same as the previously approved scheme but the developer has just got greedier. Though at least this is a Brownfield site due to it being – a garden centre – and there won’t be many of those judging by the development we have witnessed.
Isn’t increasing numbers once permission has been granted getting to be a bit of a habit in this borough of ours?
A month ago Waverley agreed to allow A2 Dominion to remove all the affordable homes in Phase 1 of its consent for 265 in nearby Alfold Road, Cranleigh. It intends to put them in one great lump across the road at West Cranleigh Nurseries. Now the developer wants to increase the 67 to 75 of phase 1. saying – “Please Sir – can we have more?
Here’s what Alfold’s councillor Kevin Deanus said last time: No doubt he will have another fight on his hands –
Because here’s what the developer claims: There is unprecedented housing need and the Government wants 300,000 homes built every year to meet the need.
- There is concern Waverley itself is not producing enough homes to meet the identified need.
- Only 519 completions in the borough 2017-2018. Falling short of the 590 p.a. in the Local Plan Part 1. Reminding Waverley has also continuously delayed the production of its Local Plan `Part 2 and Neighbourhood Plans which demonstrates that the council DOES NOT have a five-year land supply. Completely ignores the 1,800 homes permitted a few hundred yards away!
The locals cannot believe how Cr*p the Alfold scheme is. They claim there is nothing innovative about the builds asking: – “How many houses in Alfold have balconies and Teeny Tiny front Patios?? The developer’s Design & Access statement regurgitates all the usual drivel of the wealth of facilities in the Village within walking distance.
An M & S and a cafe = a self-service in a garage with a drink dispenser! Residents have no idea where the Café is…. Any ideas appreciated.
One told the WW…
“I am so glad that you can walk down Loxwood road to the Vets – Apart from General Appointments how many people walk their sick dogs to the Vets for 1/2hr???” This developer like all the others is Piggy-Backing off the back of the Dunsfold Park Development saying it is they (Dunsfold Park) who is going to provide all the new Infrastructure for the Village – so why should they have to??
If the residents of Awfold, Bramley, Kerchingfold, Cranleigh, Duncefold, Where-Has-all-the-traffic-Comb-from et al had only listened to the better informed they might well have avoided all the over-development of the countryside that is now raining down upon them.
What are they offering the Village of Alfold? NOTHING except more Houses and Traffic – There has been no Real consultation with the Village just a few meetings with Neighbours, Parish Council and WBC – What about the Village?– This is development by stealth because they don’t think anyone in the Village will notice it. Grumpy Denise of Alfold.