If only everyone took as much notice and was as concerned about Alfold as Denise Wordsworth. The virtual newcomer is passionate about the Surrey/Sussex border village.
Dear Alfold Parish Council,
I am writing to YOU but copying in random MP’s/Councillors that I have never met and quite possibly never will – until election time – so just thought I would try to be a little more inclusive.
I know we are a tiny Village – with a tiny voice – but sometimes I think we need to Shout-Out. We are all concerned about COVID -19. However, life goes on and so do developers who hope that no-one will notice whilst we are preoccupied with the pandemic that the Government has issued a White Paper. A document that says put your land into 3 tiers Good, Better and BEST – Bit like COVID really!!
There is little to address the concerns of villages like ours. Villages that are unsustainable with NO: Doctors/Dentists/Schools/or decent shops within walking distances. Everyone that moves here will have to DRIVE. Our roads are rubbish and we have NO TRAIN STATION within 10 miles … apart from fairy fantasy ideas of re-establishing the old train Network…
We have multiple applications in this little Village that INSPECTORS regularly allow on appeal because the borough doesn’t have a 5 year Plan.
WW link: That man in Bristol has been busy dumping homes on Alfold – again! So it’s OK to DUMP Housing on this LITTLE village because the Borough doesn’t have a 5 year Plan?? Why stick it all here in. Cranleigh/Alfold/Dunsfold ??
It is Wrong – But it is EASY! Dunsfold was the biggest Brownfield site (DISPUTE) and the rest of the Borough said, ‘YES not in our town.’ So Waverley put the majority her in the eastern villages with a Minor A road A281 to Guildford/Horsham.
Our little semi-rural village is being bombarded by developers hoping that no one will notice – and they are right. No one does because they are suffering from FATIGUE – and have lost the will to care. Even the developers forget they have development rights as they appear to be LAND- BANKING!
I told this person – I was fed up too – however, I keep trying as I do care about this village. But, he has a point not everyone is an anal-retard like me who spends a ridiculous amount of time looking at this stuff. I also told him I was giving up! But I can’t! We moved here in our 50’s for our dog and a better life. Alfold is a wonderful Village despite limited facilities, which is fine for us, but hardly fine for people with young families needing to commute to London or other towns. There are no Trains and bus services are so limited as to be worse than useless.
This is the latest list of applications for our Village of 450 Homes (2011 Census) which I am afraid takes us so over the limit that it is ridiculous.
When a TOWN has shops doctors, Trains etc that is fine. Our Little Village doesn’t. There is NO Get GREEN BELT protection because we are COUNTRYSIDE BEYOND THE GREENBELT. This means we are Rural and do not need URBAN SPRAWL protection – but obviously, we do – as Government Inspectors seem to think it is fine to give our small village over 200% of the allocation that was designated in the Local Plan. It is time to get angry about this now and I am afraid the village needs others’ support as they have lost the Will and NOBODY cares.
Well, I bally well do – so about time our MP’s started looked at US and doing something (Given the Covid Problem) If that is an issue – Pause all Planning applications until they can be taken seriously! This is not Rocket science is it?
It’s about time that Westminster and Surrey recognised these issues and until you do – I will certainly look forward to voting elsewhere next May – It saddens me but I see no other way. You have allowed a beautiful village to be screwed over by developers and we have more coming and no-one knows anything about it – Watch out WILDWOOD GOLF COURSE!