As developers prepare their Barristers, expert witnesses, and planning briefs to fight Waverley Planning decisions at imminent appeals, they may be in for a horrible shock.
Confident that the borough council does not have a five-year housing supply, developers are gearing up for major appeals, including several in the eastern villages. Some, including Alfold and Haslemere, will be played out in December and the coming months before Government Inspectors.
In September, developers Bewley Homes eager to build in Badshot Lea, Farnham told a Government Inspector that Waverley’s HLS was less than the necessary 5-years and was in the region of 4.2 years. However, a robust Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was enough to see-off developers. Is it time for the people of Waverley to come to the aid of Farnham?
If a Government Inspector had allowed Bewley Homes to build 140 homes in Lower Weybourne Lane, Badshot Lea it would have sent an Exocet missile through Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan. It could also have heralded open season for other developers to build in Farnham.
Here’s what Cllr Andy Macleod – Portfolio Holder for Planning told the council at its Executive meeting last night: