Don’t trespass on our land; warn residents of Willowbrook.
A war between neighbours has broken out between the estate of new homes overlooking Cranleigh’s Poo Factory and its neighbours.
A new development where the sewage aroma seeps into residents’ pores wants to replicate St George’s Hill and prevent public access.
The 59 homes villagers vigorously opposed now nestles against the banks of the polluted Cranleigh Waters that regularly flood.
Thakeham Homes convinced Waverley’s planners that the site on Elmbridge Road was ripe for development. So ripe was it for Thakeham that days after gaining planning consent, it offloaded the site to another developer who built a platform, or was it a raft for the homes to sit on?
However, that’s water under the Elm Bridge. Homes are built, and some people living there are so pleased with their purchases that they don’t want any public members to set foot upon their hallowed floodplain.
Cranleigh councillors, including the holder of the Portfolio for planning, is concerned about this worrying trend on new developments in her patch – and elsewhere in the borough where residents want to either gate or stop public access. At Willowbrook, walkers, some of whom have used the fields when dry for many years, have been verbally abused for “trespassing”. CCTV cameras are cropping up faster than privacy signs. Even some recent purchasers want to leave Willowbrook’s increasingly toxic environment.
There have been some pretty unpleasant exchanges between Willowbrook residents and public members, who have been warned off setting foot on the estate, and tempers have run high.
According to the development arm of Clarian:
“Willowbrook, like all Latimer schemes, has been designed with the long-term sustainability of the community in mind. It offers a mix of seclusion and community, focusing on shared outdoor space to retain Cranleigh’s ‘quintessential’ English village feel. By offering high-spec homes with transparent pricing, we hope downsizers will be drawn to the quality of the product and the village feels before making a Willowbrook house their forever home.
So what exactly is the planning position here?
Here’s the link to the planning application:
Mentions pedestrian access on page 25/26 on their map, AND take a read of page 30!!! Their initial booklet says:
“The layout shows that local public open spaces have been created in points around the site…..”
Might it be an idea to walk on the wild side in Willowbrook? The WW is heading from our civilised town to Cranleigh to see what type of welcome we get from the natives.