Developers earmark Knowle Lane, Cranleigh as THE growth area for new homes.

The Cranleigh store owner of 140 joins all those other Cranleigh landowners eager to make a few bucks and bring more footfall into the new town.

As Cranes tower over the village High Street and droves of developers descend on the former rural village – yet another chunk of the countryside is up for grabs. 
Despite Waverley planners throwing out the scheme, another government Inspector will decide its fate at an Appeal Inquiry.

In the past, Richard Graham, a former President of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, has called for more footfall to keep its shops and businesses thriving.

Mr Graham and his family want to build 162 homes through Gleeson Land Ltd on a site they own in Knowle Lane. The lane is already home to the Knowle Park Initiative, which prepared the way for over 300 homes in Knowle Park and Alfold Road, the Berkeley Home estate of over 430 homes. The highly congested lane uses services roads to supermarkets and shops, including Sainsbury’s & Marks & Spencer.

Knowle Lane joins Cranleigh High Street at its junction with Fountain Square.

Cranleigh’s Mr Fix It; Chat Controller; Chamber of Trade; KPI Trustee, and general factotum has already backed the scheme saying:

“If I owned land in Cranleigh, I too would want to build on it.”


Dwellings include 5% self-build or custom build and 30% affordable housing;  density of 32 dwellings per hectare; and heights up to 2.5 storeys. Or three storeys in layman’s language.

4 thoughts on “Developers earmark Knowle Lane, Cranleigh as THE growth area for new homes.”

  1. And you forgot to mention the 300 local objections the council received compared to 2 in support! Surely democracy must prevail…….

    1. We apologise for not mentioning the huge number of objections and the two letters of support. Will local democracy prevail … we very much doubt it judging by the recent Appeal Inspector’s decisions. But we can live in hope.

  2. It is understood that the Planning Inspectorate traces its roots to the Town Planning Act 1909 as such it has been the instrument of implementing many governments’ policies, with limited democratic legitimacy. Conversely, it is difficult to see how the inspectorate is compatible with the rule of law, that requires equality before the law to prevent the arbitrary use of power.

    Unjustly, the Planning Inspectorate does not accept appeals from communities harmed by planning decisions. It also upholds the irrational government demand for planning decision speed without concern for capacity. Why is speed necessary for projects with over a 50-year life span? The inspectorate also imposes the planning conditions necessary to make the planning application acceptable knowing that the Local Planning Authority at taxpayers’ expense has the sole obligation for monitoring and enforcing them. It should at least have the legal obligation to agree with the Local Planning Authority that the planning conditions are enforceable.

    If nothing else, it would help if the Planning Inspectorate at last recognised their legal obligation to planning for climate resilience and Net Zero. No wonder the inherent planning system bias is designed to fail local communities.

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