Simple answer. Yes!
The village now boasts two borough councillors for Alfold & Dunsfold, both Conservatives. So is the new administration punishing them?
A few hours after yesterday’s post, Developer has a cunning plan for an Alfold development. This is what the Waverley Web received!
An application by Oriel Housing Association S52-2321486 to change a legal agreement between developers Care Ashore/Thakeham Homes, Waverley and Surrey County Council. An agreement that currently provides for a mixed development of 99 homes, of which 30% are “affordable” off Loxwood Road, Should be easy with no Borough Solicitor in post. The last one left a year ago for a Sussex authority.
Here’s Oriel HA’s request. Not a material amendment that would require planning consent or a new planning application requiring approval which would make it subject to public scrutiny. No, just seven short days for residents to comment at the start of the Summer holidays! And Wham, bang – no doubt officer’s approval?
Here’s Oriel HA’s request in full below.
After months of villagers writing to Waverley and the MP, telephone calls, and desperate appeals for information from the council’s head honcho down the long pecking order of senior planners, all is now revealed. The developers have conspired with ‘Your Waverley’ ‘in a let’s stuff Alfold ploy’ by changing the 106 legal agreement to provide 99 market and 30% affordable homes to…
99 – 100% rented and shared ownership homes. Off Loxwood Road.
Together, with a scheme for another 66 in the pipeline, the developers publicly voiced ambition for 425. Landowner Seaman’s Union Charity ‘Care Ashore’ once told villagers
“We are the friends of Alfold.”
Who Dares Wins
The winner? Why ‘Your Waverley’, of course, because with one swipe of the pen, its planning officers, who now have a stranglehold on Waverley’s Planning system, can slash the long housing waiting list for its mates in the housing dept.
So has a council that has consistently refused to allow affordable homes to be grouped together and wanted them distributed to prevent discrimination between private and social housing occupiers now changed course?
A road that one former Tory councillor said Waverley would never travel:
Waverley Council will never build ghettoes, he said.
The Waverley Web may not be Mystic Meg. However, we predicted that the developers lied in shovel loads to a Government Planning Inspector, and he would swallow them – hook, line and sinker.
They told the Inspector they would provide all singing and all dancing facilities for the market homes in keeping with the village character, along with 30% “affordable” homes.
Fear not; they cried via their plumply salaried top planning barristers – we will give the village that has already extant consents for 477 homes (many also granted at appeal by the same barrister), and now under construction…
“A demand responsive bus service.”
Quelle surprise – the new owners now want Waverley to strike out that pledge.
Well! They would, wouldnt they.
We kid you not. When asked for an explanation, the Inspector swallowed the bullsh*t from the developer wannabes that Alfold residents could ring up and call a bus/taxi service to take them wherever they wanted – a sort of Super Uber.
We didn’t swallow it, nor did villagers, but naive Inspector Harold Stephens BA MPhil Dip TP MRTPI FRSA most certainly did, along with claims that Alfold was near five railway stations and an ample supply of shops and amenities. Let’s not forget the quick bike ride to Horsham/Guildford and Cranleigh along the A281, or Wildwood Lane, where you can be ploughed down by lorries or buried alive in potholes!
We received this from villager Denise Wordsworth following the appeal decision in 2022.
This is not the last from Thakeham as they have the OPTIONS on the WHOLE SITE – So watch this Space WW this is the beginning of the BIG 450 homes they wanted in 2014/15 and by stealth they will get it – and the village will Snoooooooze..
Because no one at WBC Cares – Someone has to take the lack of its 5 Year Housing land supply – so why not Alfold?