As Alfold continues to sort out ‘Your Waverley’s lack of a five-year housing land supply – Bewley Homes is told to go back to the drawing board and come up with a half-decent development.
If the latest offering for Alfold is anything to go by – then Milford/Godalming residents need to be prepared for what’s coming their way from the same developer on The Secretts site?
Waverley’s eastern area planners heaped insult after insult on the final scheme proposed to develop 86 homes on Sweeters Field, Alfold by Bewley Homes.
A scheme that Bramley Councillor Martin D’arcy described as:
“One of the worst layout housing schemes I have ever seen. I thought a previous Secretary of State for housing wanted to ‘build beautiful?’ Beautiful these are not, in fact, this is a crap design the developers are obviously clueless.”
Despite planning officers recommending approval of the extension to the recently completed Cala Homes Sweeters’ Copse development of 56 homes, committee members called for a deferment of a scheme by a different developer for 86 homes. Rumour has it that Cala off-loaded the land to Bewley Homes because it faced huge difficulty selling Phase 1.
Councillors asked for the scheme to be re-vamped, saying?
- Why was a receptor site for reptiles being moved? (Reptiles had already been moved once onto Phase 1 to provide the ecology for Sweeters’ Copse in perpetuity). Now, they are on the move again for Sweeters Phase2. How long can this go on!
- Why were “horrendously expensive” Calor gas tanks being proposed?
- The scheme was ~”overdevelopment~” of a rural site in a rural village.
(on the planning portal, the developer says it is cheaper and less hassle than using renewable energy!
- Why was the owner of No1 5 Chilton Close having a car park, with lighting imposed on them?
- Why was a large apartment block of flats proposed?
- Why was access to the new development through Sweeters Copse (a private road maintained by its residents?)
Councillors, including Alfold’s Kevin Deanus, were not impressed to hear officers plead the case for the need to increase Waverley’s five-year housing land supply. Which a Government Inspector ruled was only 4.1 years when he allowed another 86 homes near Alfold petrol station a couple of weeks ago!
According to Cllr Deanus Alfold deserved better and so did the new owners of homes at Sweeters’ Copse.
“It is their road and is unadopted by Surrey highways which they have to pay for the upkeep and insurance through a management company”
He said he intensely disliked the apartment block design, and the scheme needed huge improvements to satisfy villagers.
Rather than throw this out, let’s defer saying they could do better?”
Ewhurst Cllr Val Henry said she believed Alfold was getting ”a very bad deal.” The layout of homes was cramped, density too great, in a village that had no gas, had flooding and sewage problems.
Cranleigh’s Cllr Liz Townsend claimed there would be ~”issues for Chilton Close homeowners, with a lit parking court bang up against their boundaries in a village with a dark skies policy.
“Is this scheme really in keeping with a rural area like Alfold, she asked?
Councillors overwhelmingly voted to defer the scheme back to the developer with one abstention.