With 99 homes recently trousered by Tory-backed Thakeham Homes – the developer is back before the ink on the appeal is dry for yet another 66 homes in Loxwood Road, Alfold.
After villagers warned a Government Inspector just, months ago that approving the appeal would be “the thin end of the wedge, Thakeham is back asking for more. Getting just a bit closer to the 450 homes it asked for in 2017.
Nobody paints a better picture of the dire straits that Alfold is up to its neck in than Denise Wordsworth – not a true local we might add – just someone who joined the community a few years ago but is passionate about the place and raises her voice.
Well, what do you know? – Another Potential Pile of housing coming our way from Boris’ Bestie Pals Thakeham Homes 66 Additional Homes next door to the 99 they won on Appeal in January 2022 – But what is 165 new homes when we already have almost 500 that have gone through the stupid Planning/Appeal system. I am sure you can remember how much Thakeham has donated to the Tory Government (as is today!)
You would just think that the Waverley Planning Officers would have told Thakeham that Alfold has HAD ENOUGH and not to waste their time on a Consultation with the Village on Monday 11th 4 pm – 7 pm (We were informed via the APC Clerk and flyers today, Wednesday 6th July!!) But no – I forget Waverley does NOT have a 5-year Housing Supply – Silly me!
So whilst the larger Towns kick up Sh1t about the paltry applications in their neck of the woods – We get this MESS! – I won’t go on about the number of residents or Borough Councillors in the areas outside the East of the Borough – But a bit like Boris – some people simply cannot do “THE SUMS,” Where are our Councillors or even our MP? Probably packing up their offices as I type! Here’s what is becoming a common view…
Apart from an admin email saying how much Angela Richardson would love to “visit” Alfold (several months ago) I have yet to hear anything…! But then she is too busy promoting herself.
Link to Thakeham’s Banal Feedback form
Q1. “Do you support the provision of new homes, including 30% affordable?”
Of course, people support new homes – but homes where there is some Transport Infrastructure, Medical & Education facilities and yes a Pub or a Shop (apart from one attached to a petrol station) – We all know what AFFORDABLE HOMES mean – They are Not Affordable
Q2. “Do you have any comments about the Sustainability of the Proposals ?”
Err… YES as above and Many more – This location is NOT SUSTAINABLE – unless you are a Hobbit
Q3. “Do you Support the minimum 10% biodiversity net gain elements of the Proposal”
I would – if you were not destroying Green fields in the process and anyone can make up numbers for Biodiversity Net-Gain – We all know they are not worth the paper they are written on – Get some Pokey Ecology Company with 3 Employees and they can give you any figures you want – Tell them what you want to say – and they will put it into the Report for you, for a bit of Dosh – Done & Dusted as they say in the trade!
Q4. “Do you support the principles of this Proposal?”
No I damn well don’t – There are no Principles at all – It is development BY-STEALTH – They couldn’t get the 450 odd they wanted back in 2014 – so they are putting in applications piece-meal now – hoping that apart from CIL they won’t have to provide any of the amenities that were in the Original Application – and I believe CIL is not for the Local area but has to be Allocated by Waverley – With Alfold’s Lack of a Neighbourhood Plan, we will be lucky to get a few grand to make up for these 165 New Homes. I also believe that CIL is not currently given until the site is Built out (but I could be wrong?)
Q5. “Do you have any comments on the amount of public open space proposed?” This question is on the website only– Not the Flyer
Who gives a fig for Open Space? – I am sure it is already earmarked for Phase 3 of Thakeham’s Plans!!!
And so to end my rant – I give you My Vision of what Thakeham Plans for our little village over the next 5-10 years…
I hope that some of your Webbers will join us at the Consultation next Monday and take note of the fatuous drivel that we will all hear – The hand-painted sketches of people walking their dogs in fields of butterflies (avoiding the GCNs obviously) People on bikes cycling the Waverley Cycle routes to do their weekly shop and take the kids to school. Nipping to the five nearby railway stations and enjoying the wealth of amenities referred to by the dummie witness for Thakeham at the public enquiry.
As ever in disgust, Denise Wordsworth