An appeal against Waverley’s refusal to open up the countryside to build another 99 homes in the village has brought a cry for help from its residents.
They want the rest of the borough of Waverley to get behind their fight to bring a halt to development in a small village that has far exceeded its quota.
The village now faces fighting yet another appeal by Thakeham Homes to build on land owned by the Merchant Seaman’s charity to the west of Loxwood Road.
The Sussex-based developer wants to get its bulldozers through the door for 99 homes, having been refused 425 on appeal in 2017. Care Ashore and Thakeham Homes’ boat sunk by a Government Inspector! It is basing its case on the fact that Waverley does not have a five-year housing land supply, making villages like Alfold highly vulnerable. This scheme alone would have tripled the size of the village.
Planning permission exists just yards away from the proposed site for a circa 3,000 home garden village on Dunsfold Aerodrome. Work by the new owners is expected to begin in March.
Work is also progressing on the final plans for the new Wings Museum, which hopes to attract 20,000 thousand visitors p.a. Although Waverley Planners refused the scheme only yards from the Thakeham site, it was allowed on appeal by a Government Inspector. The Museum wants to be on-site in two years. Just WINGS this time no WHEELS – between Alfold and Dunsfold.
Villagers believe the latest bid by Thakeham is the thin end of the wedge and will see Alfold swamped with new homes once approved. WA/2020/1684.
The diagram below shows where new homes have either been constructed or where homes have an extant planning consent.
I am not totally convinced these figures are correct but having asked various sources no one has said I have got them wrong so I Will post on Appeal. This is what these IDIOTS are doing here and all over our little Surrey Village – I am not a NIMBY I just believe the Government need to provide the INFRASTRUCTURE before they allow Planning. A village of 450 homes (2011 Census) to double in size is just WRONG and shows the lack of any understanding of the issues here in Rural Surrey – As you know we have no trains, doctors, schools, limited buses, 1 Pub (Currently Closed) 1 Restaurant – (Thus-Sun)
Village Hall/Playing fields (random open hours) 1 Bus Main service every 2-3 Hours to Guildford) I Hope MP Gove looks at these issues and Understands that it is NOT NIMBYism it is desperation to protect our rural villages that have no designated protection due to being rural. HELP!
Here’s Mrs Wordworth’s letter to the Inspector. Letters had to be with the department by 21 September. – villagers were given only three weeks to respond for a public hearing on 7 December with a decision date on 12 January.
We strongly advise our followers to read her letter – if it wasn’t so severe, the lack of infrastructure is almost laughable!