UPDATE This application was unanimously rejected by the Parish Council on 8 December will now go forward to Waverley’s Joint Planing Committee. You need to write/email members of this committee Ref WA/2014/2127. We will be publishing a list of objection points soon.
This was the Alfold Road after a short burst of rain on 23 November 2014, also the footpath behind the Nurseries and on the same day sewage coming up through the drain cover at Littlemead Industrial Estate; sent in by Local Residents:
UPDATE 25 MAY 2016: Appeal Date issued for 11 October 2016 10am at Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming GU7 1HR
UPDATE: 25 January 2016: An Appeal against the refusal of planning permission for 120 houses has now been lodged by the owners of Hewitts Industrial Estate.
As you are aware Waverley Borough Council refused planning permission for the redevelopment of the site on 30 September 2015. This decision was taken using officers’ delegated powers and was not a decision made by a Planning Committee. The reason for refusal was the loss of an employment site.
Once the administration regarding the appeal has been finalised by the Inspectorate it will consult interested parties. The Cranleigh Society will be consulted as it made representations regarding the planning application.
All of the details that relate to our case are available on the Council’s website under reference WA/2014/2384 and the appeal documents will also be available under this reference in due course.
This is a brownfield site within the settlement boundary surrounded by established residential development and in Flood Zone 1 (low risk of flooding). It has been reported to have reached the end of its life as an industrial estate.
The Council identified the site twice in its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (2012, and 2014) as being available, suitable and deliverable for residential development. The remaining tenants have been reported to have found accommodation in the vicinity, with the last remaining tenant, moving to new premises at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
Assuming planning permission is granted by the Inspectorate (which appears on paper as likely, as it does meet with a number of the policies set out in National Planning policy and in supporting guidelines) the site is capable of development with five years and can contribute to the Council’s five year housing land supply.
UPDATE 30 September 2015: Waverley Borough Council Officers refused the Application for Hewitts officers under delegated powers, which means that it did not go to the planning committee stage. Owners of the site are still involved in ongoing discussions with Cranleigh’s Waverley Borough Councillors and developers regarding infrastructure contributions. As outlined in the article in the Surrey Advertiser.
1400 Cranleigh residents signed a petition in favour of building on brownfield sites before green fields, in line with the NPPF. This was submitted to Waverley Borough Council on 31 March 2014.
The planning application for Hewitts Industrial Estate has been submitted to Waverley, we are waiting for it to appear on the planning portal (see update below).
The Hewitts application is available on the Waverley Borough Council website Ref WA/2014/2384
The application is for outline planning for 120 dwellings following the demolition of the existing industrial buildings with associated landscaping.
Berkeley Homes – The Maples WA/2014/0912 – 425 dwellings – Planning Application Rejected but an appeal is likely. If you want to object to this application click here. Appeal date 2 February 2016. APPEAL UPHELD 31 March 2016.
WA/2016/1625 Application submitted by Berkeley Homes to vary conditions of outline permission.
WA/2016/2160Phase 1 application for 55 market dwellings with no affordable houisng (out of 425 dwellings approved)
West Cranleigh Nurseries – Knowle Park Initiative WA/2014/2127- 265 dwellings – REJECTED 27 April 2016 . New application submitted 21 October 2106 found to be invalid. Application now in under reference WA/2016/2207 – More here. Application for 265 dwellings GRANTED by Waverley Borough Council Joint Planning Committee on 15 March 2017.
McCarthy and Stone, Horsham Road WA/2015/0495 – 25 flats – and the demolition of Penwerris home to 21 residents – you can object to this application on the Waverley Planning Portal. This application went to appeal and was REJECTED.
Cranleigh Brickworks Knowle Lane – WA/2013/1947 – 19 dwellings – decision GRANTED – this will follow remediation of the contaminated site and will involve 70 HGV movements a day for approximately 5 1/2 years traveling down Knowle Lane and Wildwood Lane to infill the site.
The planning application for Hewitts Industrial Estate approx 120 dwellings Waverley Ref WA/2014/2384 . This is a brownfield site that doesn’t flood and should be developed before green fields that flood are considered in line with National Planning Policy Framework. This application was refused by Waverley. This application has now gone to Appeal which will be heard on 3 October 2016. The successful appeal decision was published on 5 Jan 2017.
Cranleigh Primary School sites 98 houses proposed. Read more about this application.
TOTAL INCREASE OF DWELLINGS AT THIS STAGE STANDS AT OVER 1,200
However, it is recognised that there no
major socio-economic arguments in favour
of this option. Cranleigh has more of a
‘village feel’ than is the case for the other
main settlements, and it is the case that
housing need is not focused in this part of
the Borough. Also, recent speculative (i.e.
non-plan led) applications for housing
schemes have served to highlight concerns
So it is recognised that Cranleigh will not benefit from this dump of housing and that housing need is not focused here, however Waverley seem hell bent on doing it anyway! ASK THEM WHY?
Last night in a what can only be described as an eleventh hour turnaround, Waverley Borough Council issued this statement:
“Planning officers have received this afternoon, very belatedly in the consultation process, a response from the Flood and Water Services Manager in the County Council’s Highways Team. This expresses concerns regarding surface water flooding issues in relation to the access from the site onto Alfold Road. It indicates the need for further information and clarification in order to overcome these concerns.
In the circumstances officers recommend that the application is deferred tonight to enable the receipt of this further information and clarification from the applicants on these matters. An updated report will be brought back to the Joint Planning Committee in due course when those matters have hopefully been resolved.”
Waverley Planner Barry Lomax indicated that the application would come back in front of the Joint Planning Committee at the beginning of December.
Cranleigh in Crisis as Developers Swoop in on Green Fields
Prior to Waverley Borough Councillors Planning meeting on Tuesday 28th October to vote on whether or not to approve the 425 houses by Berkeley Homes on Green Fields to the South of Cranleigh High Street.
Angry Cranleigh villagers paraded up and down their High Street on Saturday before meeting Anne Milton, MP.
Addressing a meeting of over 140 villagers, Anne Milton discussed a number of concerns raised by villagers about the 425 dwelling Green Field planning application submitted by Berkeley Group Holdings PLC WA/2014/0912 to Waverley.
Villagers complained that the many valid concerns they have raised about a lack of infrastructure, jobs, flooding and other issues are simply being ignored by Waverley Borough Council. Many villagers stated that Waverley simply had not replied to their letters or emails.
Richard Bryant, an insurance broker working in Cranleigh outlined the possible very serious flood insurance implications for people buying one of the proposed new Berkeley Homes’ houses in Cranleigh.
He explained that the owners of houses built before 1 January 2009 and at the highest risk of flooding, will be helped to obtain flood cover under a special arrangement set up by the Association of British Insurers and the Government (Flood Re).
However this arrangement does not apply to houses built after 1 January 2009. New home buyers could face the prospect of not being able to obtain flood cover or have to pay a high premium and a high excess.
Mr Bryant went on to say that he doubted if this will be mentioned in the Berkeley Homes sales brochures. “There will be no warning given to prospective house buyers of the potential for flooding. Even if a house escapes flooding by a few inches, but neighbouring houses are under water, the owner of that undamaged house may well have problems at their next renewal date”.
Flood Re state “New housing development should be located to avoid flood risk, or where development in a flood risk area is necessary, it should be designed to be safe, appropriately resilient to flooding and not increase flood risk elsewhere, in line with national planning policies in place. For this reason, properties built after 1 January 2009 will be excluded“.
Liz Townsend, Leader of Cranleigh Civic Society said “The Cranleigh community has spoken clearly. We do not want housing dumped on our green fields that flood whilst viable brown field sites exist within Cranleigh and the borough. We will not bear the brunt of Waverley’s failed Core Strategy. People who live in Cranleigh and new residents deserve a better future with a vibrant mixed community that contributes to our village life and not a dormitory town.”
Adrian Clarke, long-term resident and a Chartered Builder said “Since the 1920’s Garden Cities were built, we’ve learnt that houses, job creation and infrastructure all need to be put in place concurrently, which means thinking them all through at the beginning. Waverley has not done that; they have only considered house numbers to meet overall Government targets. Canary Wharf in London is a good example of a current scheme where everything came together into a well-thought-out contemporaneous mix.”
Anne Milton confirmed that she would present the views of Cranleigh residents to Waverley Borough Councillors preparing for Tuesday’s planning meeting on the Berkeley Homes green field site. The MP echoed residents’ concerns that any decision be deferred until such time as major concerns, including available brown field sites, surface water flooding, inadequate infrastructure, and excessive traffic levels were answered and addressed.