So the ball is still in the air?
There was no supporter in sight when Waverley planners considered Cala Homes’ design and layout for its consented scheme to build 200 homes at Milford Golf Course.
It now seeks 190 homes off one access from Station Lane, Milford, on the land part of the golf course.
The eastern planning committee was unanimously against it. Not one councillor supported the scheme. It was lost even before the planners considered the layout and tenure of the homes Cala intended to build because it refused to accept the terms of a legal agreement between the owners and both Waverley &Surrey County Councils.
The developer wanted the amendment in the graph below, reducing the number of affordable rented homes by 22 properties.
Despite planning officers recommending approval, the developer’s agent claims it would provide rented homes at an unprecedented rate of 70% of the usual market rate. There was no support. The regular rate for affordable homes built in the borough is 80%. There would be no four-bedroom homes but more three-bedroom homes. However, councillors supported the view of Witley Parish Council that it did not meet the needs of its housing needs assessment contained in its Neighbourhood Plan. Residents supported neither the density nor the mix.
Cala’s agent Shaun Taylor mentioned the elephant in the room. Waverley did not have a five-year housing land supply, and allowing this development would help it defend future planning appeals.
He said the one-bedroom homes would not be apartments but houses, which the developer had never tried or achieved.
This development will be of real benefit to Waverley residents for the timey delivery of market and affordable housing.
However, Gillian McCalden for Witley Parish Council argued that the change in the tenure mix would leave 22 units unavailable for rent. Homes are desperately required by 1,300 families currently on Waverley’s housing waiting list.
In otherwords 88 people could be in rented accommodation but now won’t be.”
Here’s a clip of what she had to say:
But it was the advice given by Kathy Smyth that clinched it for the residents and councillors alike. She is not visible for most of the clip—yet another poorly managed webcast.
The proposed variations to the legal agreement were unanimously refused, so the committee decided to defer the reserved matters on appearance, landscaping and scale of the development of 190 homes for further negotiation.