Despite huge local objection- Waverley Planners recommended approval of an additional nine homes – three of which are “affordable” added to 32 already granted to Miller Homes in ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ Ewhurst.
However, Members of its joint planning committee said an emphatic No to the scheme.
Despite the fact that the access road has already obliterated a mature hedge screen between the new development and bungalows in Gransden Close – Waverley Planning ‘so-called experts’ are “satisfied’ that another nine homes can be built. So there could now be 42 homes on the site of a single-storey bungalow at Backward Point, Cranleigh Road. Ewhurst.
Carole Cockburn said: “Quite frankly I think this is awful and I remember going to the site visit, standing in the road and thinking – really – but we lost the first phase on appeal, this is a poor design, is cramped and overlooks nearby homes. This is overdevelopment of the site trying to squeeze in another nine.”
A suggestion from officers that obscure glazing could be used to prevent overlooking brought a fierce response from Cranleigh’s pocket rocket Elizabeth Townsend.
“If it overlooks other properties, then we shouldn’t approve it, not rely upon the use of obscure glazing!”
She wanted to know? Why wasn’t play space included, why should the village recreation ground provide the play space? Had the impact on the public footpath been assessed? Where were the pedestrian refuges the narrow access road? What about the damage to mature trees?
Why are we being asked to approve something that doesn’t meet the county council’s parking standards asked Cllr Steve Cosser? On and on, members’ objections rolled, why were huge properties overlooking small bungalows causing loss of light? And why was this developer cramming even more properties onto the dangerous access onto the Cranleigh Road?
The ward councillor Val Henry said: “You would have thought county highways might have raised an eyebrow over this 45 homes to the hectare development, but it appears to have washed its hands because Cherry Tree Lane is a private road!”
Objections like these below counted for nothing when officers recommended approval of the application on Wednesday.
- Ewhurst is served by a reasonable road from Cranleigh but only small track roads from Shere and the road to Horsham and Ockley are not up to standard for additional units.
- – Water supply unreliable
- – Power supply unreliable.
- – Inspectorate has turned down other developments in Ewhurst at appeal due to local housing density
- – All the development in Ewhurst is in one area.
- – The Council refused a 13 unit scheme on this site due to poor access.
- – The site access is totally unsuitable.
- – There is no passing place on the access track.
- – Many vehicles will have to park on the road.
- – The track is named Cherry Tree Lane which could encourage drivers to try to use it as a cut-through when it is, in fact, a cul-de-sac.
- – The access track is also a public footpath.
- – Overdevelopment
- – This development will result in demand for a new school, doctors surgery, waste tip and road rebuilding.
- – Loss of privacy and light to neighbouring dwellings.
- – Emergency vehicle access is not suitable.
- – Out of character development.
- – The allocation of houses for Ewhurst has been met and exceeded.
- – Thames Water has already stated that they cannot supply water to the proposed development of 58 homes at Firethorn Farm.
Two of the “affordable homes” with gardens of 10 metres are smaller than the National minimum space-standards – but this standard has not been adopted by ‘Your Waverley.’
Ewhurst Parish Council has raised “Serious concerns over the restricted access to the site from Cranleigh Road, believing that by adding another nine units to those already consented would generate even more traffic onto a bell-mouth where conflict already exists. It believes the development is “cramped” and out-of-character with the density of properties in Ewhurst, and will overshadow the property “Sixpenny Buckle.” The tree cover will be compromised and there is inadequate parking, which could lead to cars parking elsewhere on the development making it difficult for emergency and delivery vehicles and which could lead to vehicles parking on the recreation ground. The one-bed property has NO amenity space.
The application was refused by 17 votes to 5.
Then, Chairman Richard Cole, who voted for the application, asked the officers: “Are you content with the reasons?”
WW asks – have we another Isherwood in the making?