DECISION ON HIGH COURT CHALLENGE ON WAVERLEY’S LOCAL PLAN TOMORROW – THURSDAY.

Will the Campaign For The Protection of Rural England (CPRE) and Protect Our Waverley (POW) succeed with their High Court bid to scupper Waverley’s Local Plan at Halloween?

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The final act in the fight to reduce the housing requirement for the whole of Waverley will be staged in the High Court tomorrow Thursday.

So here goes another shedload of our council taxpayers’ money going down the proverbial legal eagle’s pan?

Out of the cupboard come all the Rollicking Rumpole’s wigs  in readiness for yet another High Court drama between the Campaign for The Preservation of Rural England,  Protect Our Waverley (Campaign Limited) and ‘Your Waverley.’

 Earlier this year CPRE/ POW was granted leave to appeal from the Court of Appeal against the judgment delivered in November 2018 concerning the housing requirement set in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan Part 1. That November judgment said that the housing requirement of 590 a year should be maintained, including 83 to cover Woking’s perceived “unmet need”.

So ‘YW’ may have to build 498 fewer homes and no doubt POW/CPRE hope that will rule out Phase 2 at Dunsfold, as it certainly won’t want to stop development on the countryside – will they? Or, perhaps they will want to stop another 80 homes in Alfold, shedloads in Farnham, Godalming and on the treasured countryside of Haslemere?  Or, will they disappear in the same puff of smoke, having burned the public’s money they were backed with?

The appeal centres on how a shortfall in housing provision – unmet need – in one borough is allocated to neighbouring boroughs. The clarification of this issue has implications not just for Waverley but for Guildford and across the country. The Right Honourable Lord Justice Singh said:

“I AM PERSUADED BY THE APPELLANTS SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THERE IS A COMPELLING REASON WHY THESE TWO APPEALS SHOULD PROCEED, NAMELY THE GENERAL IMPORTANCE OF THE ISSUES OF PRINCIPLE RAISED.  IT APPEARS FROM THOSE SKELETON ARGUMENTS THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CONSIDERED AT THE LEVEL OF THE COURT OF APPEAL AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY SHOULD BE.”

This latest appeal comes against the background of two important changes. First, Woking Borough Council has declared that it now has no unmet need. Second, new demographic numbers recently released by the Office for National Statistics imply a much-reduced need for new housing.

On nearing of the decision to allow the appeal, Dunsfold resident Bob Lees said: “This is great news! It provides Waverley Borough Council with a golden opportunity to significantly reduce the mandatory number of new houses to be built in the Borough over the next 14 years. POW fought against the housing requirement at the Examination of the Plan in the Council Chamber. POW fought again in the High Court. POW will fight in the Court of Appeal.

POW is fighting to protect our Waverley against unneeded development of our towns, of our villages and in our beautiful countryside.”

Well – if you believe that you will believe in fairies! Because this has nothing to do with protecting Waverley – it is all about preventing development on the largest brownfield site in the borough close to the home of Bob Lies, and his running-mate Alfold Councillor Little Britton who both live in spitting distance from  Dunsfold Park. A development which was .given the go-ahead by the High Court in November. POW is still smarting from this decision

Incidentally, the application for the new entrance into Dunsfold Park goes before Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee on the same day. On Thursday evening councillors will receive officers’ recommendations to approve two schemes. 

Two major schemes go before Waverley Planners – that will herald the birth of the new Dunsfold Garden Village.

The Dunsfold  Masterplan – which includes 1,800 homes, the first phase of the total of 2,600 in the Waverley Local Plan will go out to public consultation shortly.

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9 thoughts on “DECISION ON HIGH COURT CHALLENGE ON WAVERLEY’S LOCAL PLAN TOMORROW – THURSDAY.

  1. Hi WW – I think you will find the JPC meeting regarding DP is tonight not tomorrow! Wouldn’t want you to miss it

  2. Thank you for the heads up. and there we all were thinking that we could go to the pub to drown our sorrows due to the Grinch spoiling Christmas!!

  3. So far there is nothing on the two applications I have a problem with – which makes a bally change – I know!!

    But the access route to the A281 should be given top priority with SCC if it goes through as this will stop all the HGVs coming out on Stovolds Hill and (a little personal Interest here as well) hopefully stop the HGVs coming out of Compasses Gate.

    Our House has stood here in Alfold for hundreds of years but we have noticed Plaster coming off the walls and the radiators rattle from 6am onwards – So much as I do not relish the additional traffic on the A281 – We don’t have much of a choice anymore so rather selfishly I look forward to this new route now it is not trashing the Ancient Woodland or crossing the Wey & Arun Canal

    It’s funny isn’t it? Once you have to accept these things you are grateful for the smallest of concessions that will make it LESS BAD!

    But don’t get me wrong – I am not a Happy-Camper with the Main application for all the New homes – When it is fairly obvious they will be bringing in NEW families to the area and all the new facilities come on-line after so many new homes have been built so they are not imminent. I really look forward to seeing how many are Actually AFFORDABLE new Homes that will be for Local Residents from the Borough and how many will be filled by those outside of the Borough displaced from Croydon and other London-Centric areas where property prices are even higher than they are here in the Boon-Docks!

    Roll on the Rugby – we all need something to cheer us up!
    Denise

  4. Don’t know if it just me but nothing other than a BLACK SCREEN – WTF I am fed uo of having to do this and not find the info until the nest day when it could have been amended. This is NOT Open Government – If there is something wrong with the IT then let us know

  5. Fear Not- we captured it and you can watch the webcast on our site first thing tomorrow. Yes, we too had a great big black screen for ages, and of course,​ it is streamed for two hours before the meeting even started. When will this outfit get the IT right? And, when will councillors and officers learn to turn their microphones on and off?!?

  6. The webstream is available to watch during and immediately after the meeting, and now at high quality. Previously streams were only available a few weeks later because officers thought it needed re-encoding and trimming. The reason for the holding slide for an hour before (no big problem really) is that the staff test the stream and leave it running rather than risk setting it going at the beginning of the meeting. They do need to update their powerpoints to widescreen and stop pasting up squeezed graphics.

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