Following months of asking, pleading, and finally demanding answers – Alfold’s village leaders met with leaders of Waverley Borough Council yesterday.
Frustrated villagers wrote to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Down, AWOL MP Angela Richardson, and various heads of planning and officials of Waverley Borough Council. This included the CEO of Waverley and Guildford, Tom Horwood. What did they get for their trouble? Zilch!
Here’s just one of the letters that have been ignored.
And here’s why.
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,
Not a material amendment that would require planning consent or a new planning application requiring approval, which would make it subject to public scrutiny. Residents were given seven short days 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 waiting list for its mates in the housing dept.
So, has a council that has consistently refused to allow affordable homes to be grouped 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 when the developers lied in shovel loads to a Government Planning Inspector, he would swallow them – hook, line and sinker.
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