It’s official. The Sussex-based developer poised to build nearly 4,000 homes just outside Horsham is turning its sights back onto the little Waverley village of Alfold.
Residents were told just days ago by a letter from Zac Ellwood, Waverley’s head of planning, that they have just three weeks to object to Thakeham Homes’s appeal.
The appeal documents are available to view on the council’s website http://www.waverley.gov.uk The planning application number is WA/2020/1684
The full details of the planning application in Mr. J Ordidge (The Merchant Seamans War Memorial Society) & Thakeham Homes are for 99 homes on land to the rear of Hollyoaks (to be demolished) off Loxwood Road, Alfold.
The document in the link below gives all the details concerning the public inquiry that will be held by Inspector Jonathan Price BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI DMS and the inquiry will open at
10.00 am on 7 December 2021. Currently scheduled for six sitting days. With a decision date set for 12 January 2022.
As we here at the Waverley Web have said on numerous occasions. The Tory administration caused the delays at Waverley Borough Council by omitting Dunsfold Aerodrome in its original Daft Local Plan. After its final inclusion in the Local Plan, MP Jeremy Hunt and former MP Anne Milton prompted further delays, aided and abetted by the Protect Our Waverley Group (POW), to ask the Secretary of State to call in Waverley’s consented application. The numerous costly Court of Appeal hearings and delays and the sale of Dunsfold Aerodrome to the highest bidder have resulted in ‘Your Waverley’ now unable to meet its five-year housing land supply figure. It currently has a housing supply for only 4.26 years.
If this appeal gets the go-ahead from a Government Inspector – this scheme for 99 homes will be the thin end of the wedge as Thakeham sought to build 400 homes in December 2017. The current 99 homes appeal will undoubtedly be the first phase of a much larger development.
The Inspector said then: