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Since our posting on 6 October we have written to Anne Milton MP, Tom Horwood (Interim MD at Waverley Borough Council) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to confirm our utter amazement and dismay that this application was granted.

We are meeting this morning with Tom Horwood to discuss this matter further.

We asked DCLG to call-in the application on the basis that the Joint Planning Committee Chairman, Cllr Isherwood, refused to allow the members of the JPC to consider the correct flood levels provided by Cllr Hyman and which have been subsequently checked by our expert who confirmed the (higher) levels were 100% correct. The refusal to allow a debate is a fact – have a look at the video of the meeting:


Cllr Isherwood relied heavily on an desktop computer report by a company working on behalf of the developers to the total exclusion of all other primary evidence presented by residents and other councillors. The developer’s representative was allowed unprecedented access to members throughout the entire meeting and sat with officers at the head table and was allowed to speak throughout the discussion of the flooding item, unlike the parish council, residents or the Cranleigh ward member who were only allowed a maximum of 4 minutes.

We take the view that there has been a blatant violation of planning law.  DCLG refused our call-in request so Anne Milton was then requested to not only push DCLG to reconsider their decision but also involve the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). It was only at the beginning of this year that DEFRA, following the disastrous flooding in the North of England, issued a consultation document asking for submissions on how to reduce the Governments exposure to the ever increasing cost of flood relief – and here we have another Government Department hell bent on condoning the granting of planning permission on a flood plain where future serious flooding is a certainty!

Where is the joined up thinking here?

Hopefully we will be able to get some answers today and achieve some joined up thinking from central government but we have to be prepared for inaction so we have already commenced discussions with the Association of British Insurers with a view to having this Thakeham site as a decline risk for flood insurance as Insurers only take on flood risks, not flood certainties.

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UPDATE – Asbestos in Cranleigh

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Thames Water advised Cranleigh Civic Society on the 20th October that the 3km of asbestos cement pipe that they are replacing in Cranleigh is only one fifth of the total length of the asbestos pipes in the village.

That means that Cranleigh will still have 12km of very old, decaying asbestos cement (AC) drinking water pipes operational in the drinking water network.

Cranleigh Civic Society has written several times to the Government’s Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) asking them to confirm that these old pipes will not be a risk to the health of Cranleigh residents, and we have not received reassurance from them.

The position of Cranleigh Civic Society remains unequivocal.  We think these very old AC pipes in the Cranleigh area should all be replaced BEFORE any new houses are connected to the network.  We think that the infrastructure should be sorted out by Waverley Borough Council first, particularly in this case where, we believe, it cannot be ruled out that there is a clear and present danger to public health.


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VICTORY for Cranleigh Civic Society!

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After a long fight by Cranleigh Civic Society, Thames Water have agreed to start replacing Cranleigh’s  asbestos cement drinking water pipes starting in 2018.

29.6% of our drinking water pipes are old and made from asbestos cement (compared to an average throughout SE England of just 2%).  The design life of these pipes is 50 to 70 years, and as some of these were installed in the early 1960’s, they are starting to decay and burst.

During the last nine months, a team from Thames Water has met with Cranleigh Civic Society several times to discuss the problem, and Thames Water has carried out tests on samples of burst pipes to determine the composition of the materials used.  They have found a mixture of white and blue asbestos.  On the 5th October, the team from Thames Water announced to Cranleigh Civic Society that they will start a programme of replacement in Spring 2018 (they will need the time between now and then for planning and to seek the licences that will be needed).

Cranleigh Civic Society is grateful to Thames Water who have been open and helpful in giving advice, and also to them for carrying out tests on the samples of burst pipe.  On the 9th October, Thames Water told us that they have identified over 3 km of pipes to replace, and we are awaiting confirmation from them as to how much of our old asbestos cement network that accounts for, and over what period of time the replacement programme will take place.

Thames Water has advised us that they have secured the funding for this project, which comes out of central pot and will not impact on our bills locally.

New housing being built in Cranleigh must comply with current Building Regulations that require a minimum 1 bar drinking water pressure provision.  This is because many new houses nowadays are provided with unvented hot water systems, which work on higher pressure than the old “indirect” systems based on a header tank in the attic space.  Over the past three months the number of burst water pipes has increased considerably with over 20 bursts occurring, some leaving residents without water for days at a time.  This has coincided with the building of new housing estates in the village.

Cranleigh Civic Society’s opinion is that if more new housing estates are connected onto the existing network before Thames Water has finished replacing the old asbestos cement pipes, the number of bursts will increase exponentially, and could raise the risk of more free asbestos fibres entering the drinking water network.

We think these old asbestos cement pipes in the Cranleigh area should be replaced BEFORE more new houses are connected to the network.

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Thakeham Homes to JPC this Thursday

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Despite fears about flooding from Cranleigh Waters and odour from the sewage treatment plant as well as water quality in the river, Waverley Borough Council’s Joint Planning Committee are being recommended to GRANT permission to Thakeham Homes for 54 new dwellings on the Elmbridge Road site.  The meeting will take place on Thursday 5th October – public are welcome.  Time 7pm at the Burys – Council offices in Godalming.

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CVHT meeting for invitees tonight

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You may be interested to know that CVHT have invited some groups to attend a presentation this evening at Cranleigh Arts Centre 7:15pm.  Details are being displayed at the hospital shop too and a public exhibition is planned for 4 November – let’s find out what they have to say.

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! Act now…WBC Local Plan changes

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As you may know Waverley Borough Council does not have a current “LOCAL PLAN”.    They are “consulting the public” on a 47 page document – please have a look.  When WBC have a plan they will have a little more control over house building applications in the future!  They say. ://


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Cranleigh Civic Society Saved!

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Thank you to all Cranleigh Civic Society supporters old and new – we have a new committee and more members and friends.  There are vacancies on the committee especially for someone with computer and web pages skills.

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action! Berkeley homes Appeal to Secretary of State

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Berkeley homes have appealed to the secretary of state against Waverley Borough Council following the refusal of full planning permission.

Waverley approved outline planning permission with reserved matters (WA/2016/1625) for 425 dwellings but refused phase one details.  WA/2016/2160.

Waverley have forwarded all the representations made to them on the application to the Planning Inspectorate and the appellant.

If you wish to make comments or modify/withdraw your previous representation, you can do so BY 5 OCTOBER 2017 at

or send 3 copies of your letter to: Neil Devereux, Zone 3N,         Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN

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EGM Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 Band Room 7.30 pm

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REMINDER !  Dear Cranleigh Civic Society Members and Friends, 

You are invited – and urged – to attend an Emergency General Meeting (EGM)

The Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh – next to the Cranleigh Leisure Centre

Tuesday 19th September at 7.30 pm


To present the successes, frustrations and on-going projects to the society;

To elect a new committee;

The committee has worked tirelessly trying to fight the inappropriate housing developments which have been imposed on our village but now some of its members have decided the time has come to stand down and let other members pick up the baton. So we need new committee members if Cranleigh Civic Society is to continue.

Failure to form a new committee at this meeting will mean, quite simply, the Society will cease to exist with immediate effect.  Please see below for the Constitution and the process of “winding up” the society.

This would be a tragedy – so how passionate are you feeling about our village and the surrounding area? Remember Civic Societies are non-political and can find out facts to present to Councillors and Officers alike holding them to account for their actions and inactions.

Would you like to join the committee?

Can you help?

Please let us know right away (preferably) and before the meeting in writing (letter or email) if you would like to join the committee or if you would like to nominate someone else TO BECOME A COMMITTEE MEMBER – please get that person’s permission first!  (You have to join the Society first).

We are looking for help in many shapes and forms – you may have just the passion and knowledge and skills needed. In particular we are seeking committee members who have the following skills or business knowledge – building industry, planning practice, surveyors, IT, media, research – and people who have lived in Cranleigh for a long, long time and who can recall all the flooding that developers choose to ignore.


Kind regards from all of us,

Cranleigh Civic Society  COMMITTEE

EMAIL   POST   42 Horsham Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8DU



  1. NAME

The name of the Society shall be “Cranleigh Civic Society” (hereinafter referred to as “the Cranleigh Society”).

  2. Campaign to raise awareness of any threats to the Parish of Cranleigh in particular from unsustainable development and to oppose encroachment into our countryside.
    2. To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of the features of Cranleigh which contribute positively to the amenity of those who live and work in the community.
    3. To pursue these ends by means of meetings, campaigns, exhibitions, lectures, publications, promotion of schemes and by co-operation with other local and national organisations and individuals.
    The Society shall have no political or religious activities and shall be non-profit making

Membership shall be open to all persons who are interested in the objects of the Society and are resident, attend school or operate a business in the parish of Cranleigh.

No member shall have the power to vote at any meeting of the Society if their subscription is in arrears at that time. Junior members shall be those aged between 14 and 18 at the time their subscription is due and they shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the Society.

The committee reserves the right to decline requests for membership at its discretion.


The annual subscription shall be such reasonable sum as the Society shall determine from time to time and shall be payable on before 1st December each year.

Membership shall lapse if the annual subscription is unpaid three months after it is due.


The meetings of the Society shall be the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) and any Extraordinary General Meeting (“EGM”).

The AGM of the Society shall be held as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year to receive the Treasurer’s report and accounts and to elect Officers and members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall decide when the AGM of the Society shall be held and shall give at least 14 clear days’ written notice to all Members.

Extraordinary general meetings of the Society shall be held either at the request of the Executive Committee or at the written request of twenty-five members of the Society. Twenty-five members personally present shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Society.


The Officers of the Society, who shall be existing Members, shall consist of:

Vice Chairman

Officers may have more than one role. No one shall normally serve as Chairman or Vice-Chairman for more than three consecutive years, except if proposed unanimously by the Executive Committee.

Officers shall be elected at every Annual General Meeting, following which, further Executive Committee members shall be elected. The Executive Committee may elect a President and Vice-President if it is deemed desirable.

Nominations for all positions shall be made to the Secretary in writing, supported by a seconder, and the consent of the proposed nominee 14 clear days prior to the Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Committee may fill by co-option, from members of the Society, any Officer vacancy occurring during the year for an existing or new role.


The Executive Committee shall consist of four officers and not more than five other members. The Executive Committee shall have the power to co-opt further members, who shall attend in a non-voting capacity. The Officers should be elected at the first meeting of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall meet not less than six times a year at intervals of not more than two months and the Secretary will give all members a minimum of 7 days notice of each meeting. The Quorum shall comprise not less than five of the members of the Executive Committee.

All members of the Executive Committee hold their positions on an honorary basis with no payment for their role as members, but are entitled to claim reasonable expenses, the budget for which should be agreed beforehand.


It shall be the duty of every member of the Executive Committee (or any sub-committee) to declare any direct financial or other interest known or likely to be of interest to the Society at the beginning of every meeting.


This Constitution may be amended by the Executive Committee and the alteration to be put to a vote of all members present at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting
provided that 14 days notice of the proposed amendment is given to all members.


The Society may be dissolved at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society by a two thirds majority of the members present at such a meeting voting for the winding up. 14 days clear notice of such intention must be given to all members prior to the Meeting. If the decision to wind up the Society is made, the Executive Committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by the Society for the benefit of the Parish of Cranleigh.

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Flooding on Thakeham Site – Elmbridge Road

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As you will be aware the decision on the Thakeham Homes application for 54 dwellings off the Elmbridge Road was deferred by the Joint Planning Committee pending more evidence on flooding and odour from the Sewage Treatment Works.

If you have any photos of flooding on this site whatsoever, could you please email your photos to or send printed copies of photos to Phill Price, Chair, Cranleigh Civic Society, 18 Brookside, Cranleigh GU6 8DA


Thank you.


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