But, come what may, councillors will still be invited to have their say on the scheme tonight.
Now here’s a test for Secretary of State Michael Gove’s dictate to developers to build “beautiful?”
Michael Gove said there was a need for
‘the right sort of homes and that the locals should have more of a say?
He also said, For what it’s worth? that he is abandoning the Tory manifesto target of building 300,000 new homes p.a. saying numbers should not drive policy, and,
It is no kind of success if, simply to hit a target the homes that are built are shoddy.’
Waverley’s eastern area planners heaped insult after insult on the final scheme proposed to develop 86 homes on Sweeters Field in March.
The Waverley Web understands there are also issues over access to the second phase of development, through the first phase completed by Cala Homes!
Notwithstanding the officer’s recommendation for approval, the application was DEFERRED as members raised several concerns regarding the detailed design of the scheme and considered that amendments to the scheme were necessary.
The concerns raised by Members were:
- Size design and layout of the development of the road layout;
- Clusters of affordable housing; Loss of amenity to 15 Chilton Close;
- Lack of LAP or LEAP;
- Safety issues arising from the gas re-filling lorries;
- Design of the flatted building Further information was also considered necessary on the number and location of the ground source heat pumps and the location and types of external lighting.
Bewley Homes has now appealed to the government on the ground of non-determination – so along comes yet another Inspector to join the herd of Inspectors that have descended on the tiny rural village in recent years.
the very same rural village that witnesses the notorious Planning Whiz Kid Barrister Sasha White described as ‘having a wealth of shops and amenities including amazing bus service and train links.’
This week it’s only true village shop closed its doors for the last time. No milk – no newspapers – get what you can by driving along to the A281 Petrol Station?
However, regardless of the pending appeal, and to decide how the Council proceeds, councillors will be invited tonight (Wednesday)to consider the application to issue a decision setting out
“what the Council would have done had the Council been in a position to determine the application”.
The application will be considered in the normal way, the only difference being that a non-formal decision will be issued to the applicant and the Inspectorate following the meeting. In tandem with the appeal, Officers are advised by the applicants that they are in discussions with Local Ward Councillors and residents regarding amendments to the scheme. Any changes to the scheme would be submitted under a new application whilst this current application is subject to the appeal.
WA/2021/01856 – LAND CENTRED COORDINATES 504068 134671 EAST OF LOXWOOD ROAD, ALFOLD (Approval of Reserved Matters (Appearance, Landscaping, Layout and Scale following Outline Permission granted under WA/2019/0745 for the erection of up to 80 dwellings (including 24 affordable) with associated landscaping, open space and SUDs (as amended by plans received 22/02/2022) Recommendation A That, subject to the completion of a Deed of Variation by 9th September 2022 to secure amendments to the affordable housing mix, market housing mix and location of the LAP, the reserved matters of layout, scale, appearance and landscaping be APPROVED.