We apologise to our readers for being a bit preoccupied with our part of the borough lately – so we are handing over to Alfold resident Denise Wordsworth. Why would we speak out on this Surrey/Sussex border village’s plight when she can do it so much better.
I know that you have been somewhat preoccupied with Farnham – and who can blame you? But yet again Alfold is subject to Planning appeals coming out of our Bally ears! Who could believe it – certainly not the majority of the Village that seems to have no idea what is going on – Because you only hear of anything if you happen to live next door to it or you have previously commented on the application.
We now have the following appeals:
- Alfold Garden Centre going to appeal for 56 Homes. WA/2018/2264
Their figures for Alfold are skewed and I will raise this on the Appeal site as are their comments regarding PDL land
- Sweeters’ Fields/Reach going for the additional 80 homes on top of the 55 currently being built
WA/2019/07453. We also have the developer at the Land Adjacent to Brockhurst Farm wanting to add another 7 homes to the Planning Application for 23 new houses granted at Appeal By squeezing additional 7 new houses into the small field next door – I feel for the new residents of Brockhurst Farm and Magnolia Cottage and I noticed that Yeoman’s Cottage to the rear is now up for sale… Who can blame them?
WA/2019/1324In addition to the 130 already granted in Alfold, that is an additional 133 New Homes (if you deduct the 10 already given permission at Alfold Garden Centre)
One of the comments posted regarding the Garden Centre Appeal was that only 13 objections had been raised. – In their eyes, a small amount and therefore the village is not against it to any degree.
I would have thought the 130 New homes being built was sufficient for the village at this stage of its growth bearing in mind the limited facilities we have here – But maybe I am wrong and the village does want to see growth like that in Broadbridge Heath etc…
There is no doubt more to come from the Springbok Estate. It rightly deserves to improve the facilities for their residents. I have no problem with them building new homes for their seafarers near existing facilities, not even for the development of some of their land for residential properties for the people who work on the agricultural land, but in order to fund this, it will want more market houses to the rear of properties on Loxwood Road!
Alfold is in a mess due to the inability of WBC to finalise the Local Plan Part 2 and as we have no AONB or Special protection such as Greenbelt for the village – Just like Cranleigh – I fear we are going to be shafted!
I will not have to seek school places for any young children or places at the Medical/Dental Practices for them. But the younger people in the village WILL and they will be out-placed by people moving into the village.. who will undoubtedly work outside the village and add to the already intolerable traffic on the A281 and Loxwood Road.
Perhaps if WBC tried to instigate something like the amazing Social Housing development that just won the RIBA Housing award 2019 https://www.architecture.com/…/awards/riba-stirling-prize
It is NOT Affordable housing – which isn’t really ‘Affordable’ – but really amazing Social Housing – (used to be called Council Houses – But look incredible) and offers a proper family-friendly and environmentally friendly housing scheme. – No doubt there is not enough profit for these sort of homes for the average property developer!
Unfortunately – we live in a Developers World – where they dictate the rules because our Planners/Councillors who cannot sort out the mess that is Local Plan Part 2 and the 5-year Housing Supply and our Neighbourhood Plan is still considered to be in its infancy! One of the reasons that WBC is not meeting its ‘affordable homes’ target can surely be placed on the fact that once Outline Planning is given – developers change the rules and say they cannot justify the 30% Affordable Housing they promised? And we seem to be unable to simply say NO!
Will you take a minute to avert your eyes from Farnham and look at what is going on in the rest of the Borough?
Best as ever
PS. Looking back on our file, Alfold has flooding, sewage and water problems. Has no village school, and GP’s in Cranleigh & Loxwood in West Sussex. The WW cannot help wonder – where is POW? The Protect Our Waverley Group.
Our apologies to the people of Alfold – maybe the Waverley Web has been a bit parochial lately.