HEY – HO – HERE THEY GO… AGAIN!
But – surprise – surprise – even the settled gypsy community objected to yet another site being established – but nobody listened.
It is well-known locally that ‘Your Waverley’s officers want more sites to satisfy provision for gypsy families as part of its Local Plan Part 2. The occupants of Lydia Park have been urged by officers to come forward with more sites.
So it makes sense for Waverley Planners to turn a blind-eye to the creation of a Fourth unauthorised gypsy site which has been under construction for over two years adjacent to the existing gypsy sites at Lydia Park, Hilltops and New Acres. The new site runs alongside Dunsfold Road and adjoins Lydia Park. It also adjoins the proposed UCOG – oil and gas exploration site.
Permission was GRANTED a few days ago – with Conditions – which some may find almost laughable! This settlement is an entirely new group of travellers from Ireland. And it is called …. wait for it!
WA/2019/1265 for 9 family units and WA/2019/0515 for 4 family units, a total of 13 on a site which could in the future accommodate several hundred families.
Mr Nelson Smith, an occupant of nearby Lydia Park for over 30 years put in the following application to extend his holding, but this was withdrawn.
WA/2019/1277 Change of use of land to residential use for 5 gypsy families. The site to contain 5 static caravans, 5 touring caravans, 5 amenity buildings, fencing and hardstanding. Land North of Lydia Park, Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh.
Parish Councils including Alfold, Dunsfold, Bramley and Cranleigh – all objected.
Here’s Alfold’s Letter of objection:
Lydia Park and surrounding land, together with the adjacent New Acres site, have been the subject of planning permissions in recent years for the intensification of the sites and sprawl into the adjoining agricultural land, which is classified as AGLV and clearly visible from Hascombe Hill (AONB). The net effect of this is that the gypsy and traveller community now dominates the existing settled community on Stovolds Hill, contrary to National Planning Policy for Traveller Sites 2015, and further expansion would make this worse. The continued expansion of this site represents unsustainable development and is therefore contrary to Local Plan Policies SP1, SP2, AHN4, RE1 and RE3.
The lack of enforcement of conditions on the equestrian/agricultural mixed-use site (WA/2017/2013) located between Lydia Park and the application site has caused material visual harm to this rural area, damages the residential amenity of the neighbouring properties and has a negative impact on traffic safety. The Parish council is therefore very concerned that no further application on this site should be considered without absolute certainty that all conditions can be and will be enforced. Since this letter was sent the application has been withdrawn.
APC endorses the submission from Bramley Parish Council and agrees that there should be no further expansion of the gypsy and traveller sites on Stovolds Hill until such a time as there is a clear strategy for the site.
For these reasons, APC requests this application be refused.