Ya, boo politics is alive and well at ‘Your Waverley.’
Pi**ed off Tories are clamouring to have their say both in the press and on social media about the fracas at Western Planning where a controversial development in Haslemere was given the go-ahead by their colleagues.
Read the WW post here: Build anywhere, or even everywhere, in the borough of Waverley – except in Haslemere?
Leader Paul Follows later congratulated his colleagues for coming to the aid of Haslemere residents by binning a scheme to build 50 homes at Red Court, in Scotland Lane.
You can listen to the whole meeting or start at 26.33 for the Red Court application in the link below.
The decision to save an area of Great Landscape Value and seek sites elsewhere went down like a nasty dose of COVID with the Tories – who argued it was high time that Haslemere residents took their share of the build, build, and build more, brigade. They sited all those other green fields lost in – Farnham, Badshot Lea, Cranleigh, Ewhurst and the village dubbed by councillors as “poor little old Alfold.” A village on the Surrey Sussex border that has provided well over its quota of housing.
The Tories are heartily sick of the Rainbow Coalition hogging social media. Guildford & Villages MP Angela Richardson claimed after the county council election losses that the Tories were losing out in elections due to opposition parties reigning supreme in cyberspace.
The Haslemere fracas was the ideal platform for the Tories to fight back. They now predict an appeal by the developers due to the lack of robust, or any, planning reasons for refusal.
Here’s Alfold’s contribution so far. A village with no school, a village shop, little public transport and eight miles, WW guess, from Milford Station!