The now-trashed Wildwood Golf Club owners are in talks with Waverley’s Planners.
Pre-application meetings have been held behind closed doors – but will this one be, like so many others, a fait accompli? Thanks to the Tory Government’s drive for new housing – regardless of location or lack of infrastructure.
The golf club sits adjacent to A281 Horsham Road/ Guildford Road. Several years ago, the new owners of the once-popular sporting venue told villagers they intended to build a new village there; it is rumoured that 200 homes are planned. Opposite Wildwood developers are forging ahead with a shedload of new homes on the former Wyevale Nurseries.
It is an area of fantastic flora and fauna, with already many butterflies, moths, and giant bumble bees now and soon, the Dragonflies will appear.
If this is an area of BOROUGH VALUE and qualifies as UK BAP Priority, as stated in the WSP report below, why would anyone consider the Development of New Housing? They are obviously not looking to develop the Original 2010 Application for a PGA HQ, Hotel, Country club and Golf course with training lodges, are they?
Said a villager. To lose this wonderful village asset would be a travesty – It will never become the PGA (South) HQ nor do we want a Theme Park Eco Village with “Nature Walks” and a 9-hole Putting Green.
Leave this land alone!
Here is an Extract from the Environmental Statement – Non-Technical Summary put together by WSP Environmental UK – In July 2012
This ONLY Includes the Proposed Site for development (in Red) and Not the Whole of Wildwood Golf Course (in Purple)
The red area includes the Road from the A281, the old Car Park (that is now filled with mounds of Soil – (with metal pipes, bricks and all sorts of “rubbish” in it), the 9-Hole (as shown above) and the area around the Club House, Maintenance Yards & Outbuildings.
The rest of the Golf course has now rewilded, and it’s Ancient Woodlands (GREEN) have an abundance of Deer, foxes, hedgehogs, moles, rabbits etc..as well as what look very much like Badger Setts. Bats of all types are regularly seen at dusk.
Eagle-eyed residents have been watching a new batch of Ecologists (RPS Group, part of Tetra Tech) mapping out the Dormouse Boxes installed in 2021 for re-use for the latest EIA report; there are lots of pretty red ribbons in the bushes to mark them out.
If this new assessment is anything like the one Tetra Tech carried out in 2021 for the Application for a New Access road from the A281 (WA/2022/00217), which was “pulled because county highways objected”, most will be desk-based. Surrey Wildlife Trusts Appraisal of the Tetra Tech report (attached), whilst that one only dealt with the Application for the new Access, it was pretty apparent that little consideration was given to the remaining Site, which is enormous.
They have been pointing out to various Dog-walkers where the new so-called “Lodges” will be… lodges, well, that’s a new one.
They won’t need the help of Poppy, the specially-trained sniffer dog, who saved at least a month of detection work while ensuring a protected newt species will be unharmed by constructing a new water pipeline in Farnham for South East Water.
Poppy, the springer spaniel, rapidly scaled several acres of land, sniffing out potential hiding spots for great crested newts within fields off West Street.
Villagers have already captured pictures of the little beauties.
They have probably Self-Migrated from Pond 19, located on the 9-Hole – recognised in the original EIA for the Proposed Golf & Country Club and PGA HQ. as an Important Pond for the GCNs. Yet, as you can see, the new owners ignored this information and TRASHED the area!
Note: This is December 2020. It wasn’t until many months later that Root Protection Fencing was installed; by then, it was too damned late!
There are Woodpeckers of all three species; barn owls, red kites, kestrels, sparrow hawks, buzzards, nightingales have been heard, herons, cranes, cormorants as well as all the waterfowl that inhabit the various ponds, including greylags, Canada geese, Egyptian geese, a common goose, swans, mallards, coots and moorhens.
This Site should be protected – You only have to read how depleted our Countryside is now. Developers fell Ancient Trees/Woodlands and Hedgerows and say they will plant NEW Native species – which will take decades to make any minimal difference. They destroy the existing wildlife that lives and forage there.
Why are we not thinking about our Planet? – It is not just about housing.. If climate change continues and we carry on destroying our Countryside, there will be nothing left for the younger generation.