Waverley Planners will soon face yet another extensive housing development in Cranleigh, New Town.
It has been a battle of the Dicks who can first build new homes in the once-rural village. Richard Womack, former owner of David Mann’s Furniture and home Store, or Richard Graham, owner of 140’s store and restaurant.
As Cranleigh’s green fields disappear at an alarming rate, along comes another cunning plan. This time to surround the Snoxhall playing fields and 29 acres of yet another part of Knowle Lane with new builds.
Gleeson homes want to build shedloads of homes and wrap them around Cranleigh Football Club’s grounds at Snoxhall and carry on the development along Knowle Lane.
Will these greedy Cranleigh landowners ever have enough money the Waverley Web wonders? Gridlocked Cranleigh, here it comes!
The Cranleigh (Unapproved) Neighbourhood Plan recently revealed that it has not only met but has exceeded the minimum requirement for housing allocations by Waverley. Unfortunately, Waverley Borough Council still does not have a 5-year housing land supply. So a couple of hundred new homes in Knowle Lane would undoubtedly help enormously.
In the new chancellors’ constituency email, Jeremy Hunt admitted the proposed Constituency Boundary changes were a real challenge. He said:
“This week, the proposals for new parliamentary constituency boundaries in England, Scotland & Northern Ireland have just been published by the relevant Boundary Commissions.
I need to understand the implications of the report, which are terrible for me personally. After proudly representing Godalming, Farnham & Haslemere (and their surrounding villages) for over 17 years, it looks like I will have to choose between two halves of a constituency that is basically being cut in two – a frankly impossible and heart-breaking choice. There is now a 4-week consultation, and I will not be rushing this particularly difficult decision.”
Oh, dear! Now poor old Jeremy has something else on his mind other than filling that big black hole in the nation’s finances. Hanging on to his seat?
Here is the proposed split of South West Surrey:
Godalming and Ash Constituency :
This includes Godalming, splits Haslemere in half, and adds Shalford, Shamley Green, and Cranleigh and Ash from Guildford. Ash? Really? Not sure going over the North Downs is something we ever do in Waverley!
Farnham and Bordon Constituency: Farnham adds Headley, Lindford, and Whitehall and Bordon new towns and retains Haslemere East. A whole new growth area and a very different constituency area!
A University town and a new town – may not bode well for a true blue candidate.
It would appear that poor Annette is not the only disgruntled purchaser of the new A2 Dominion Homes at Amber Parkside in Alfold Road, Cranleigh.
There are more -many more! Because defects abound and the whole place is lit up like a Gatwick Runway and the residents will psy the bill! The only place that remains in the dark – is the entrance sign on Amber Park where the lights don’t work!
Our comments page and our mailbox have been groaning under the weight of further complaints and suggestions on how to bring developers A2 Dominion and Waverley Planners to book. However, we understand from an expert that it isn’t a planning matter.
Don’t developers have to adhere to the conditions on their planning consents any longer?
The WW has been researching this developer. It appears that A2 Dominion has permission to build over one hundred homes on the other side of Alfold Road. It had planning consent for 110 homes and has just increased the number by another 36. So maybe we can prevent this misery from happening to other poor souls in the wanna-buy market.
The Waverley Web has stirred up a stink in the village, which, we understand from past newspaper articles, boasts the title ‘Cranleigh Cares.’ Judging by the number of comments sympathising with poor Annette – some still do care.
Perhaps the publicity that has been generated will prompt the three Cranleigh men behind this shocking fiasco to stand up and be counted.
Shame on you, A2Dominion – give them their money back or put these defects right and compensate Annette for all the misery you have put her through!
This is just a sample of the comments we have received. Others we have with-held as some recent purchasers are terrified the value of their homes will have dropped by many thousands.
Our property still has outstanding snags, and we moved in March. Nothing is properly built, and twice, the shower has broken. One time it fell on me in the bath whilst heavily pregnant; the second time, it fell on my 3-year-old and cut all his face and the top of his head. We still can’t put blinds up downstairs due to outstanding work. The front door doesn’t shut properly, the weep vents are fake, there are hundreds of things still wrong, and we were initially lied to when buying as 2/3 of the toilets aren’t suitable for my husband’s disability. It’s been awful from start to finish. Even the other day, I was blocked in from driving to our house by the builders on each end (with three year old and a smelly 4-month-old that needed a change). When I asked them to move, they said,
‘It’s not my problem’.
It’s a shame as we have really loved the new area.
Very interesting reading. Perhaps Angela Richardson could get her teeth into this as well – she is our MP. That personnel involved in the development, I.e. Bamford, Vrijland and Leahy via A2 Dominion, once they’ve got their planning approved, seem to “disappear”! SOMEONE is responsible – perhaps Angela could do a title digging to find out WHO!
It is not often that we receive messages at firstname.lastname@example.org that make us both cringe and shudder – but this certainly made us sit up – and it should make the head planning honchos at Waverley Borough Council feel utterly ashamed too!
“Key Drive is like an airstrip landing runway, and my garden is like an exposed prison camp.”
Dear Waverley Web
I lived in Guildford for 35 years and decided it would be a good idea to downsize in my later years and wanted something new so that I had no worries. How wrong could I be?
I moved into Key Drive (Amber Parkside) in Christmas 2021. The purchase process was paperless due to Covid, and there were reams and emails to trawl through. My sales lady didn’t know much about my plot, but all seemed in order, and I went ahead with the purchase.
Sadly I didn’t think to check reviews regarding A2Dominion, and it appears there is no respect for this company at all!
My plot was earmarked for some form of lighting at both the front of my house and the back, where there is a parking lot with access to my back garden gate. I was informed by numerous A2Dominion (Fabrica) staff, including site staff, that I was getting bollards, not street lights.
Imagine my shock when I received tall street lights by my front door and at the rear. I have attached a few photos to show this impact on my house. It is unbelievable that anyone in planning would have approved this lighting.
Alfold Councillor Kevin Deanus was vitriolic when he considered a scheme to build 80 homes at Sweeters Reach in Loxwood road a few months ago.
A Bramley colleague described the proposed development by Bewley Homes as “crap.”
Bramley Councillor Martin D’Arcy said :
“This is one of the worst layout housing schemes I have ever seen. I thought a previous Secretary of State for housing wanted to ‘build beautiful?’ Beautiful these are not, in fact, this is a crap design, the developers are obviously clueless.”