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.