During an excellent night in defence of Neighbourhood Plans across the borough a twice deferred detailed scheme to build 100 homes at Woodside Park was UNANIMOUSLY thrown out… AGAIN!
Poor old Crest Nicholson is getting nowhere fast these days with ‘Your Waverley’s Planners.
Following a blistering debate on the viability of the borough’s Neighbourhood Plans, a revised scheme for the controversial development was thrown back to the developers to come up with something the borough could accept, and neighbours could live with.
You can read the post and listen to the debate here: Has the defence of Waverley’s Neighbourhood Plans begun?
Councillor Paul Follows motioned for the plan’s refusal justifiable based on a policy of Godalming and Farncombe’s Neighbourhood plan. If Neighbourhood Plans were to have any credibility when decisions were taken they must take local views into account. He claimed the outline scheme for up to 100 homes, should never have been allowed in the first place – an application which he had voted against.
“But this is fundamentally a completely different scheme which is simply shoehorning homes onto a site.”
He said Godalming and Farncombe residents believed when they signed up to their Neighbourhood Plan, just like the people of Cranleigh and the rest of the borough, they would have some protection, and expected that Waverley would back them up?
A neighbour Mrs Pinner (The chairman never announces the public speaker’s names clearly) maintained the revised plans had not overcome their objections. The three-storey block on the road frontage overlooked neighbouring homes and would add to parking congestion in Cateshall Lane. She called for another deferment and a re-design. The root cause was, she said …
“the site cannot support 100 properties.”
Councillors, even those sympathetic to the efforts made by the developer to overcome members objections, voted against amendments, which included obscure glazing; Prompting the question of – how would this help when windows were open? removing balconies; increasing car parking by six spaces, and providing electric vehicle charging points for every home.
Godalming Cllr Peter Martin supported parts of this scheme for mixed development even though it …
Elstead’s Cllr David Else said:
Not even a snip of me would be able to support this – it just gets worse. Ever since Crest Nicholson got hold of it – out went the underground car park, and the green spaces and now you have to get halfway across the site before you find a garden. Rows and rows and rows of car parking. – We have now ended up with the most awful layout I have ever seen in my career and all to make it profitable. I am never going to vote for this!