So is it Wildwood Golf Club’s former car park, and not an adjacent site, where a developer intends to build a new settlement where villagers claim they are being “intimidated” by workers?
Developers are falling over one another in a pincer movement to turn little old Alfold into a new town, with another application lodged by Thakeham Homes to build 99 homes off Loxwood Road after it has demolished a bungalow to make access to the greenfield site.
‘Your Waverley’ finally – issued a temporary STOP NOTICE on the works at the Wildwood Golf Club. Though the diggers are still digging, and the dumpers are still dumping!
A Temporary Stop Notice (TSN) prohibits ‘development, groundwork preparation, earthworks, or demolition processes’. ‘Earthworks’ as described within the TSN would be any engineering works to create excavations and earth embankments (as already occurred near ‘Pond 19’) on the site.
Complaints from villagers continued about the traffic, and an incident occurred between a villager and a contractor leading to accusations of ‘threatening and intimidating’ behaviour. Villagers who have been walking the authorised footpath ( footpaths 403 and 403a) for decades are now asking why the contractors are becoming confrontational if the work they are carrying out is allowed.
Despite the parish, borough, county councils and the MP being bombarded with complaints from villagers – including Alfold’s very own Mole, the club’s new owners on the A281 at Alfold Crossways – ‘Carry On Regardless!’
Despite the TSN being issued by Waverley Enforcement Last Wednesday – the Diggers were still on-site and merrily Dig – dig – digging away yesterday.
At first, villagers were ecstatic because they believed they would get what it said on the tin when planning permission was granted. The Professional Golf Association (PGA) HQ, a 27-hole golf course, a hotel with a spar for the locals and 39 golf lodges as part of a planning consent given ten years ago. Villagers believed that development might be linked with an adjacent site called the Nutshell. However, now the site’s owner has told villagers – the development has nothing to do with them! The Alfold mole has asked us here at the Waverley Web to clarify the Nutshell’s position. So it is now believed – the new ‘settlement’ proposed is on the golf club site off the A281 Horsham to Guildford Rd.
Opposite the former golf course, there are two other sites. – One of which has already received planning consent at the former Wyevale Garden Centre – and another for over 80 homes on land neighbouring the petrol station. A complete list of the development in Alfold is contained in the link above.
All this – and a Garden Village set to build 1,800 (2,300) new homes in Waverley’s Local Plan at Dunsfold Aerodrome, just a hop and a skip away!
The new owners have swung into Alfold with big, VERY BIG plans.
So there we have it, folks. This is all about a NEW SELF-SUSTAINING NEW SETTLEMENT AT THE WILDWOOD GOLF CLUB. You can learn more about how the owners see the future from the link below:
According to Turkish businesswoman Mrs Aysegul Peker, there will be plenty of goodies for the locals in the NEW BIG WILDWOOD URBAN SETTLEMENT bag. Because she intends to donate some of the 230 acres back to the community, she will consult residents to find out what they want to see that land used for.
A spokesman for Mrs Peker said: “She wants to give back some of the lands for a school, community centre, playground or something that the residents here need.
Now! Where have the locals in Alfold heard that one before?
“Whether that be 10, 20 or 30 acres. Whatever the residents want she will try to deliver,” she says.
Groundwork construction on the hotel has already begun on the site.
Surrey County Council has issued a Temporary Closure notice on Footpaths 403 and 403a. They are now rediverted through the ASNW of Pickenswood Copse. Now the well-trodden paths by villagers will be across a site covered by restrictions as an (ASNW and Tree Preservation Order site)