Alfold Councillor Kevin Deanus was vitriolic when he considered a scheme to build 80 homes at Sweeters Reach in Loxwood road a few months ago.
A Bramley colleague described the proposed development by Bewley Homes as “crap.”
Bramley Councillor Martin D’Arcy said :
“This is 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.”
Cllr Deanus said although the developer Bewley Homes had lodged an appeal for 80 homes at Sweeters Reach with the Planning Inspectorate, he was pleased it had made some major changes. It had taken on board objections made by the planning committee and after talking to the locals and neighbours in the Cala Homes Sweeters Copse development nearby.
Improvements included moving parking courts away from homes in Chilton Close. Changing the form of heating from Calor Gas Storage tanks and generally liaising with residents, neighbours and the parish council.
However, Cllr Martin D’Arcy wasn’t quite so impressed!
He wanted officers to explain exactly what alternative heating was proposed. Saying:
My understanding is that the developer will not be proposing Calor Gas due to more stringent building control standards. However, is it a mystery as to what heating is proposed?
Officers admitted they didn’t know what method was to be used but confirmed that the chimneys on properties were purely decorative. However, they were “satisfied” that the development was now more sustainable.
Councillor D’Arcy told planning officers:
I am glad you are satisfied – because I am not!
He and others said they were surprised that no management company had been set up, saying changes to the legal agreements with the developers should ensure this.
Offices assured the meeting if a management company was not included within the existing legal agreements with the developer, they would ensure it was included. It was also agreed that there should be a Resident Laison Group.
The application was approved, but not by all. Needless to say, the final voting figure was not announced!! Why would it be – after all, we are just the voting fodder.
AGREED Subject to the applicant entering into a Deed of Variation (legal agreement).