Did an Alfold charity get consent to fell an amenity tree?

The simple answer is No!

Care Ashore, formerly (The Merchant Seaman’s War Memorial Society) owners of the Springbok Estate, want to fell a tree. 

In itself – this may seem pretty insignificant, however, there is someone else wagging the charity’s tail. Developer Thakeham Homes.


… removing the tree behind a bungalow called Hollyoaks could lead to the property being demolished to provide access to a proposed new development of 99 new homes in the countryside off Loxwood Road.   

 Sussex-based Thakeham Homes would then have access to fields adjoining Alfold Sports fields and behind properties in Loxwood Road. Then if given the nod it needs, it could launch an appeal against  Waverley Planners refusal of its latest bid and get the Government to overrule the local decision. document-8165235

Despite having its bid in 2017 to double the size of the village scuppered by a Government inspector it wants to try, and try again.  Having failed to convince an Inspector at a two-week planning appeal public inquiry that 425 homes were needed, it could, with an access in the bag, appeal again for 99, and then no doubt say,

‘We Want Some More.” 

Now with the Government giving developers the green light to build almost anything anywhere, and despite the smaller application being refused by Waverley Planners earlier this year, Thakeham has been emboldened by the Government race for new homes and the delay at nearby Dunsfold Aerodrome. 

Care Ashore and Thakeham Homes’ boat sunk by a Government Inspector!


However, Thakeham needed to get its access before lodging yet another planning appeal, believing it could then pave the way to its earlier scheme.  However, it failed to scupper Tree Preservation Order 20/2020 that Waverley and the locals wanted  –  ‘CONFIRMED without modification or delay.’

The eastern planning committee took officers’ advice and confirmed the TPO without a word being spoken.  

And what did we say here just a few weeks ago about the failure of Dunsfold Aerodrome Garden Village to come forward?

Our sources tell us that Waverley Borough Council is now pooping its pants over the very real threat posed to its Local Plan by the potential loss of Dunsfold Park to any use other than housing.  Make no mistake, a delay in housing delivery at Dunsfold Park is a serious issue for Waverley and numerous developers and would-be developers are licking their lips and rubbing their hands in glee as they feverishly measure up yet more fields in this green and pleasant borough and begin racking up fees for planning applications and budgeting for appeals they can’t fail to win now that the future of Dunsfold Park is, at worst, in the balance and, at best, horribly delayed.

Will the sale of Dunsfold Park open the door to unwanted development right across Waverley?

Here’s the planning officers report.


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