"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when once we practise to deceive.
Light Blight at Cranleigh’s Amber Parkside.
It is not often that we receive messages at email@example.com that make us both cringe and shudder – but this certainly made us sit up – and it should make the head planning honchos at Waverley Borough Council feel utterly ashamed too!
“Key Drive is like an airstrip landing runway, and my garden is like an exposed prison camp.”
Dear Waverley Web
I lived in Guildford for 35 years and decided it would be a good idea to downsize in my later years and wanted something new so that I had no worries. How wrong could I be?
I moved into Key Drive (Amber Parkside) in Christmas 2021. The purchase process was paperless due to Covid, and there were reams and emails to trawl through. My sales lady didn’t know much about my plot, but all seemed in order, and I went ahead with the purchase.
Sadly I didn’t think to check reviews regarding A2Dominion, and it appears there is no respect for this company at all!
My plot was earmarked for some form of lighting at both the front of my house and the back, where there is a parking lot with access to my back garden gate. I was informed by numerous A2Dominion (Fabrica) staff, including site staff, that I was getting bollards, not street lights.
Imagine my shock when I received tall street lights by my front door and at the rear. I have attached a few photos to show this impact on my house. It is unbelievable that anyone in planning would have approved this lighting.
It came to the point where I went on antidepressants because I was getting so anxious about the problem. I have sent numerous emails to various departments of A2Dominion complaining about the situation and how distressing this has become. I contacted Cranleigh Cllr Liz Townsend, who said she would get in touch with the Planning Department to see how this was agreed upon, but unfortunately, she has been unlucky. She cannot get any answer, despite my prompting her to chase it up.
So, months have elapsed, and nothing has been done about it. A2Dominion is not prepared to remove the street lights in question and replace them with bollards as ‘it was approved at planning.”
Key Drive is like an airstrip landing runway, and my garden is like an exposed prison camp.
My pretty garden solar lighting doesn’t work now, and A2Dominion is completely deaf when I say that we are in a world of light pollution and waste of energy, and they are contributing to it. Why have they not installed light shields, why have they not been dimmed and why are they on ALL night? In Guildford, they switch them off between 1.00 am-5.00 am. We also have to pay for this lighting in a service charge from next year, and I totally object when energy prices are rocketing.
I have asked A2Dominion for compensation, and all they can say is No because I was told all about this at the time of purchase. But I wasn’t, and this is ludicrous in a countryside area with a beautiful night sky and stars. But I am blinded by the light. I also wrote to A2Dominion’s legal department in London about it, and they have ignored me, with no response whatsoever.
I have to say that the other new builds in the area have been far more sympathetically designed with careful consideration over lighting, and nothing is as intrusive as this.
I would like to know WHO agreed to this lighting plan. They should be fired if they thought they were being clever. But I cannot get to the bottom of it, and neither can Liz Townsend, so I suspect someone is closing ranks on what went on here.
Perhaps you could help me, please? I look forward to hearing from you.
Annette XXXX, Key Drive, Cranleigh GU6 8WP
Before you view more pictures, read the developer’s waffle, but pour yourself a gin and tonic first.
FABRICA is proud to reveal its unique brand partnership with the UK’s most influential homes magazine brand, Livingetc, which is providing the stunning interior vision for Amber Parkside – our unique design-led development of family homes in Cranleigh, Surrey.
Is this your idea of the “reimagination of rural life?”
Is this “ A Surrey idyll energised with striking design?”
Is this, “savouring bucolic tranquillity whilst retaining urban sophistication?”
And – how about having this picture on your TV rather than NETFLIX?
Would you buy a new home from these charlatans? Personally, all of us here at the Waverley wouldn’t buy a used car from them.
From left to right Martin Bamford, Trustee of KPI – developers Nick Vrijland and former A2Dominion Director Andy Leahy.
PS. Perhaps someone should inform these guys we are in the middle of an energy crisis – but then they won’t be paying for the power, will they?
Do you want to know who boasted to the planners how marvellous this development would be?
None other than Waverley Planning Officer Patrick Arthurs, who we believe was a consultant employed by the developer! Surely that cannot be he pictured far right in the lower picture when Waverley initially turned down the application?