DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: If you missed the Waverley Council exhibition of the Local Plan Part 2 in the Arts Centre last Thursday, there is an opportunity again at the Arts Centre on June 25 2018 at 2.30pm to 7.30pm.
PLEASE ATTEND THE PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE WAVERLEY LOCAL PLAN : PART 2
This Proposes :
-Sites for Additional Housing in Cranleigh
-Proposed sites for Travellers in Cranleigh
-The Settlement Boundary for Cranleigh
– Housing Standards for New Housing
Waverley Council will later announce an additional Consultation Date for YOU to see their Plans
Terry Stewart. Chairman Cranleigh Civic Society.
21 Brookside, Cranleigh, Surrey. GU6 8DA.
Cranleigh Civic Society “Speaking up for Cranleigh”
SUCCESSFUL MEETING FOR CRANLEIGH CIVIC SOCIETY WITH WAVERLEY COUNCIL LEADERS
Many of you will remember the negative reaction from Waverley Council following the Cranleigh Public Protest Meeting last Summer. Well, relations have improved substantially with a meeting of Cllr. Julia Potts, Leader of the Council, Tom Horwood, Chief Executive, and three Cranleigh Councillors with seven members of the Cranleigh Civic Society Committee. The meeting had been arranged to establish useful and meaningful communication and achieve common ground.
KEY DISCUSSION POINTS –
The Civic Society expressed strong concern at the lack of infrastructure following the planned massive growth in housing. The Waverley Local Plan has demanded that Cranleigh MUST build 1,700 extra houses by 2033.
However, in the last three years Cranleigh has experienced planning applications for almost 1,700 houses – most of which have been accepted – so what will happen in the next 15 years? On top of this the Plan has demanded 2,600 houses for Dunsfold Airfield – indeed there has been discussion of up to 6,000 houses for Dunsfold. If this happens our infrastructure will be overwhelmed and the A281 to Guildford will be clogged with traffic.
The Society pointed out that Cranleigh’s access roads are all B-roads or are narrow unclassified lanes – many used as ‘rat runs’. With Cranleigh houses due to be expanded by one-third, and the potential massive development of Dunsfold there will be a major problem of traffic disruption. Terry Stewart asked what plans Highways has for overcoming this disruption.
The Council recognised the potential problems and is working to mitigate the impacts where the Council has control – but road improvements are the responsibility of Surrey County Council. Cllr. Potts proposed that meetings should be held every two months to discuss answers and problems. The Civic Society warmly welcomed this proposal.
A key concern is flooding in Cranleigh and the Council’s decision to allow 55 houses to be built by Thakeham Homes off Elmbridge Road which was in the field most likely to flood. Richard Bryant has discussed this site with the largest UK Home Insurer who have since confirmed that they are well aware of this site and will be very unlikely to offer insurance in view of the very high flood risk.
Being aware of this problem, at the last Cranleigh Flood Forum meeting, Anne Milton MP said she would contact Thakeham to arrange a meeting to discuss the concerns with this site. Not only would buyers of homes on this site face flooding but also smells from Cranleigh Sewerage Treatment Works located the other side of the Elmbridge Road. What a way to start a life in Cranleigh!
Sewerage and Thames Water.
The Society pointed out that the current Sewerage Treatment Works are inadequate to meet the needs of the planned six major development sites. Thames Water state that it is possible to expand the Works. By doing so they would probably be contravening the Water Framework Directive. The Works discharges effluent into the Cranleigh Waters, but in the Summer the stream runs dry so the effluent poisons the fish, which is a serious environmental problem.
The Surrey Wildlife Trust is so concerned that they are arranging special surveys of the Waters. The Society has asked Thames Water for a timetable for improvement – but there has been no response from Thames Water.
Terry Stewart, Society Chairman, paid tribute to the three public Flood Forum meetings that Anne Milton MP has organised in the Bandroom with Thames Water and Council Officers present to try and agree solutions. Cllr. Potts stated that it is disappointing that there is a lack of joined up communication amongst the various agencies, but she would lobby to improve the environmental issues.
Asbestos and Drinking Water.
In addition Thames Water has admitted that 29.6% of the drinking water supply pipes in Cranleigh are made from asbestos cement – some of which are made of blue asbestos.
Recently many of these pipes had burst as they had reached the end of their lifespan – which would release blue asbestos fibres into the drinking water.
The Society strongly demanded that new housing is not connected to the drinking water mains until the drinking water pipes have ALL been replaced and the sewerage works expanded to meet the demand.
The Society reported that the car parks in Cranleigh are over 90% full at peak times such as Market Days. With Cranleigh housing increasing by one-third, and the likelihood of many Dunsfold residents shopping in Cranleigh, the car parks will be inadequate.
Cllr Potts responded that a possible option could be to build a double deck car park at the Village Way site, when the Leisure Centre was redeveloped.
The Society had heard that the owner of Stocklund Square was planning to redevelop the site with possible multi level parking – the Society was very concerned at this.
Cllr. Mary Foryszewski encouraged the Society to lobby our councillors before Borough and Parish meetings and meet the Chamber of Commerce to discuss key issues.
KEY OUTCOMES –
– Cllr. Potts proposed that meetings should be held every two months with Cranleigh Civic Society to discuss answers and problems. Cranleigh Society warmly welcomed this proposal.
– Cllr. Potts stated that it is disappointing that there is a lack of joined up communication amongst the various agencies, but she would lobby to improve the environmental issues.
– Cllr. Mary Foryszewski encouraged the Society to speak to Cranleigh Parish councillors before Borough and Parish meetings and meet the Chamber of Commerce to discuss key issues.
Tom Horwood summarised with three proposed actions :
- There must be clarity in defining who is responsible for what.
- There must be productive meetings, adopting a joined up approach with effective lobbying by the Society.
- There must be effective communication with meaningful involvement and the right level of engagement.
Terry Stewart also suggested that the Council introduce effective email Newsletters to improve communication to residents. Other Councils had regular Monthly Newsletters giving new Council policies, decisions and consultations – with key meeting dates, agendas and minutes. Individual Council departments should issue ad hoc Newsletters with their news. ALL residents should be encouraged to sign up to receive Newsletters that were relevant for them.
THIS WAS A PRODUCTIVE AND FRIENDLY MEETING THAT AUGURS WELL FOR FUTURE RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CIVIC SOCIETY AND WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Updates from Cranleigh in Bloom…
Cranleigh Parish Council in association with Fields in Trust has dedicated a corner of Snoxhall Fields to be a tranquil natural woodland style Centenary Garden.
This special garden project is designed to honour local people who lost their lives over the past one hundred years in conflict as well as those who were left behind.
Work started in April and Cranleigh in Bloom will be involved with the planting and will help look after the garden.
You can find out more about this project on the Cranleigh Parish Council website at www.cranleighpc.org
South & South East in Bloom Awards
Cranleigh in Bloom have entered Cranleigh into the South & South East in Bloom Awards this year, hoping to win Gold again for Cranleigh.
Judging day is the 3rd July 2018, and in preparation the village must be litter and weed free!
We hope everyone will help make Cranleigh look as good as possible and as a result enjoy the benefits of a beautiful flower filled village for residents and visitors to enjoy.
Cranleigh in Bloom will also carry out their own judging during July and August, with a prize giving tea party to be held at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 19 September 2018 where the awards will be announced.
If you go to BBC Radio Surrey Drive at 5 today (iPlayer) you will be able to hear our Chairman speaking strenuously with Gregory Spanswick about Cranleigh and all the problems posed by overdevelopment plans for the area.
I hope you are impressed – let us know!
see you soon
The Cranleigh Society was set up to ensure we could highlight issues that effect residents and make sure our voices are heard. However, it’s so very easy to get bogged down by problems and sometimes because of this we feel we can forget to appreciate what we have around us.
Inspired by The Brooking Collection, we’d like to encourage local residents to help get involved in creating a collection of images that celebrate local life and architecture.
We’d love to see photos, past and present of houses, other properties and things that you love about Cranleigh to add to our own photo library. Perhaps you have taken a special photo of the railway building on Knowle Lane, Cromwells tea house or other high street images we could share? If there’s a story behind the image, even better, let us know!
What we particular liked about the ethos of The Brooking Collection is that it does not discriminate between the humblest and the grandest, embracing the everyday as well as the privileged.
Budding photographers, please send across your images with the subject ‘The Cranleigh Collection’. We’ll aim to share these on our social media pages where possible. Everyone is welcome to contribute new or old images. We’d love to hear from you.
Love Your River!
Cranleigh Village Hall Meeting
Monday 26th March 7 till 9 pm
Following on from the recent informative Flood Forum meeting held earlier this month, we can now announce a date for Cranleigh Water’s Love Your River Meeting, which will be held on Monday 26th March at 7pm in Cranleigh Village Hall.
We highly encourage as many of our members and Cranleigh residents to attend if they are able.
Cranleigh Waters has experienced serious flow problems, particularly in the summer months and has also unfortunately become quite polluted with most of the flow downstream emanating from the Cranleigh Sewage Works.
According to Shamley Green Angling Society, the environmental effect of this can already be seen with fish dying out downstream.
Why should you attend?
This has been an ongoing problem for some time, with many issues raised.
JOIN US TO CELEBRATE THE PARTNERSHIP WORK TO IMPROVE CRANLEIGH WATERS.
We urge Cranleigh residents to attend this event to put further pressure on Waverley to make this issue a priority. Discover how you could help improve habitat and water quality. Bring your ideas and stories and get involved!
Help us ensure that Waverley takes action on:
• Reconfiguring the river bed
• Providing a wetland area upstream to release water over the summer months
• Addressing the pollution problems
Help us make improvements to our village and join us on Monday 26 March.
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Conservation Officer at Surrey Wildlife Trust .
If you have further information about Cranleigh Waters that you feel should be raised at this meeting please email us at email@example.com
You can also read more about sewage pollution in the Cranleigh Waters in our articles:
Your MP Hears your problems – FLOOD FORUM
Bandroom, Friday, March 9th. 9.30 am
VITAL YOU & YOUR NEIGHBOURS ATTEND
Anne Milton MP and your Waverley Borough & Cranleigh Parish Councillors plus many Officers from the Council, Thames Water & other agencies – will attend 10-11.30 – can they
STOP the next Cranleigh FLOOD?
STOP house building until our overloaded Sewerage System is upgraded
replace 29% of our drinking water pipes that are made from asbestos containing cement
Slow down At least 2,600 houses in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan – for Dunsfold aerodrome
STOP Massive Overload of our infrastructure
ENSURE A281 to Guildford DOES NOT GET clogged up!
WE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING AND HEARING YOU ON FRIDAY
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT
CCS received a grumbling letter – it goes something like this –
Let’s talk about Community Infrastructure Levy now at last we have a LOCAL PLAN, but what does this mean?
An agreed LOCAL PLAN gives our planners at Waverley Borough Council the power to control future housing development; they can plan for the development of new infrastructure, roads, railways, schools, hospitals etc. and very importantly it enables the Borough Council to charge house builders a COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE LEVY known as CIL for short.
What is CIL?
CIL raises monies towards the cost of the new Infrastructure needed for the developments to go ahead. What a wonderful step forward we all exclaim!! and so it is. But what of the housing already approved? approaching 2000 houses throughout the borough. Well unfortunately
CIL is not retrospective.
How much will Waverley charge? www.waverley.gov.uk/CIL
According to WBC’s website Waverley’s draft proposal sets a CIL rate of £395/ Sq Metre of floor area for all new housing, (about £40,000 on an average 3 bed house), except quite reasonably for “Affordable Housing” where there is no charge. So taking the 35% of Affordable Housing the Borough is committed to build away from the approximately 2,000 houses so far approved, there will be a loss of CIL to the tune of a minimum £60 MILLION pounds. £60 MILLION pounds that will NOT be available to improve our ROADS, our SCHOOLS, our HOSPITALS, our BOROUGH!!
How could this have happened we may ask? It happened because our planning officers at Waverley failed to come up with a plan that satisfied the Government’s criteria for a LOCAL PLAN.
How a Local Plan is developed by the Borough Planners
The basic criteria affecting us as council tax payers was to identify suitable sites for new housing. This has to satisfy the Central Government’s housing policy, a requirement that was for about 350 houses a year until 2032. Woking B C have had an agreed Local Plan for some years that has now proved inadequate, so the inspector added a further 150 or so houses per year to WBC’s to cover their shortfall! So WBC’s Yearly requirement rose to 509 houses until 2032 (a total of 7,126 houses) 35% of which must be “Affordable”. Plus a further rise to 590 was deemed necessary by the inspector when I last looked.
What of democracy?
Of these 7,126 houses, a minimum of 4,300, rising to perhaps 5,000 are planned for CRANLEIGH and DUNSFOLD, with the balance spread around the rest of the Borough; We have to ask – just how democratic is that?
Improvements to our Local Roads and Rail?
Perhaps we could have a new road to rescue us from the A281 Blight? Unfortunately not: there will, however, be a new roundabout at Shalford, just 100 or so metres from the existing roundabout, which feels as if it will bring the traffic to a complete standstill; and the Elmbridge Road and Bramley crossroads junctions will be reconfigured, so that’s a relief!!! There will also be a new Canal bridge at Elmbridge but no new bridge over the old Railway.
What of the Railway?
No plans whatsoever have been considered since SCC’s last feasibility study found not enough demand and not affordable.
What of DUNSFOLD AERODROME?
There is a plan for 1,700 or so houses plus factories, shops, a school, a medical centre etc. awaiting Government inspector approval. Oh and in the future the prospect of an increase to 2,600 houses or perhaps 3,500 houses or most likely the full 6,000! Sadly, however, it seems that the developers have convinced the powers that be at Waverley that the development of Dunsfold would be jeopardised by the imposition of CIL on the whole development, so there will be NO CIL on the entire development – thereby saving the developers up to £100 MILLION over the life of the development – so that’s ok then.
So let’s hope the plan goes ahead fully and that our Planners use all their discretion to put right the wrongs – spreading the housing out more fairly – hunting for better sites…… they can – but will they?
LATEST NEWS Cranleigh Civic society strengthened!
The Committee of Cranleigh Civic Society has been strengthened and energised to fight the growing avalanche of proposed housing. The new Chair, Terry Stewart, was Chair, then President, of Dorset CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) for 8 years. He was faced with the threat of building houses throughout the Poole and Bournemouth Green Belt so lead a team of six villages and communities to defeat the proposals. This included MPs speaking to a demonstration outside Parliament (see photo) and a procession to Downing Street to present a petition to the Prime Minister (see photo). The proposals were defeated – as were plans for a new village at Lytchett Minster.
Experience shows that attacks on the Green Belt and unprotected beautiful countryside can only be defeated if there is a strong, professional team leading an active, widespread community with clear objectives. So the new Civic Society Team includes a retired Solicitor, two experts on building and infrastructure, an insurance expert and environmental and wildlife specialists – meeting on a fortnightly basis or more often if needed.
We understand that villagers may believe that, whatever they feel, the Council and Government will do whatever they want to do, but the successes referred to above demonstrate that these battles CAN be won! Apathy only plays into their hands – do you really want this to happen?
CRANLEIGH IS UNDER AN INCREASING THREAT FROM DEVELOPERS – changing YOUR quality of life and the Cranleigh we know and love. Since 2014, Waverley Borough Council has approved the building of over 1,300 houses in Cranleigh. Think for a moment the huge impact this will have on the A281, our B-roads and country lanes, our already overloaded and inadequate sewage treatment works and the crumbling infrastructure – and the increased flooding risk. Also, please remember that we are the only main settlement in Waverley without a railway station.
Despite all this, more and more new planning applications are regularly being received.
Just a few days ago we heard that Dunsfold Park is virtually assured of being given approval for 2,600 new houses – and that is just the beginning! Just think of all those extra cars entering and using the A281.
We have heard credible accounts of a developer acquiring “options to buy” large tracts of land down Knowle Lane – is the idea for Cranleigh and Dunsfold to merge? Are we to become another Crawley?
Cranleigh Civic Society needs YOUR support so please visit our website – www.cranleighsociety.org – Facebook and Twitter links and join our membership. We are working hard on YOUR behalf to protect our very special village, its environment and wildlife.
Thames Water website to Report a Problem https://www.thameswater.co.uk/Help-and-Advice/Report-a-problem/Report-a-problem