Secretary of State intervenes in Knowle Park Initiative

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Knowle Park Initiative planning application for West Cranleigh Nurseries is now with the Secretary of State’s National Planning Casework Unit. Is this in response to Parish Councillor Ken Reed’s intervention?

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Cranleigh Society Objection Letter for Berkeley Homes

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Just wanted to thank all of our supporters once again for your help in getting the Berkeley Homes, The Maples application refused last week.

To get such a majority of Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee (JPC) Members voting for a refusal was an amazing achievement!

Members have been asking to see a copy of the letter the Cranleigh Society sent to the JPC Members:

This went off with Appendices, including a selection of the flooding photographs you have been sending in.

You have made a difference!

Don’t forget the Cranleigh Society Community Meeting 19th February 7pm in the Band Room.

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Save the Date!

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The Cranleigh Society is holding a public meeting on Thursday 19th February at 7pm in the Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh.
More details to follow…

Keep Calm and Join the Cranleigh Society Poster

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Berkeley Homes – The Maples Planning Application

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UPDATE 24 May 2017WA/2017/2160 REFUSED Berkeley Homes approval of reserved matters for Phase 1 of the site for the erection of 55 dwellings following the Outline Approval for the erection of up to 425 dwellings, a community facility and informal open space (WA/2016/1625) (as amended by plans and documents received 06/02/2017 and 08/02/2017 and letter received 17/02/2017).

UPDATE 10 November 2016 – Berkeley Homes submit Phase 1 development application Ref WA/2016/2160

UPDATE 22 August 2016 – Berkeley Homes apply to vary conditions on their planning application. This is under a new application number – Berkeley Homes application to vary planning conditions WA/2016/1625

UPDATE – Appeal Upheld, permission granted 31 March 2016


UPDATE – Appeal Decision due by 8 April 2016

UPDATE: Appeal starts at Waverley Borough Council Offices 2 February 2016 at 10am for FOUR DAYS. Public Welcome. You do not need to attend every session. Please come if you can.

The Cranleigh Society has submitted evidence to the Appeal and this has been accepted by the Inspector who has now agreed to look at the flood risk on the site and the potential misapplication of what is called the Sequential Test, this refers to the way sites are rated in terms of flood risk. The appeal documents are now available on the Waverley Borough Council website

You need to click on the Plans and Documents button. Occasionally you may get an error warning after clicking on this button, however we have found if you use your Back arrow button in your browser and then click on the same button again the list of documents usually loads.

We hope to see you at the Appeal.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015 Berkeley Homes Appeal has now been registered with the Planning Inspectorate please submit your objections directly to them:

Waverley has now formally notified residents (that previously commented on the application) of the Berkeley Homes Appeal to build 425 houses on Land immediately South of the High Street Between Alfold Road and Knowle Lane Cranleigh. The appeal starting date is 17th AUGUST 2015.

You can now make further comments and submit a new objection if you haven’t written before.

You should write direct (please send 3 copies if possible) to:

Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/26, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN

by 28th September 2015 – quoting the Appeal reference number which is:
Planning Inspectorate Reference: APP/R3650/W/15/3129019
Application Reference: WA/2014/0912
Appellant’s name: Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

UPDATE JULY 2015 Berkeley Homes has appealed Waverley’s decision to refuse planning permission. Email or write to your MP Anne Milton and Say “Cranleigh says NO to Berkeley Homes”.

Always include your FULL NAME AND ADDRESS in your email or letter.

Anne Milton MP

Constituency Address:
17a Home Farm, Loseley Park, Guildford, GU3 1HS


List of Cranleigh Parish Councillors:

Cranleigh East:
Stewart Stennett –;
Jeanette Stennett – ;
Rosemary Burbridge – ;
Gareth Emmett – ;
Howard Wagstaff –

Cranleigh West:
Brian Ellis – ;
Patricia Ellis – ;
David Gill – ;
Dominique McAll –

Cranleigh North:
Mary Foryszewski –

Robert Wilson –

Cranleigh Rural:
Liz Townsend –


Original Article:
Waverley Joint Planning Committee Meeting Webcast 5 Jan 2015 available here on YouTube

After the last minute deferment in October, there was another surprising turnaround when the Secretary of State intervened in the Berkeley Homes planning application, following a request from Cranleigh Parish Councillor Ken Reed concerning flooding on The Maples site, reference WA/2014/0912. Eric Pickles directed the council NOT to grant permission on this site without his specific authorisation.

Letter to Waverley from DCLG outling Secretary of State holding position

Cranleigh Society members have been working day and night for the past couple of weeks gathering robust evidence to protect Cranleigh from the inappropriate dumping of houses on our green fields – a point reiterated by the Chairman Brian Ellis towards the end of the Joint Planning Committee meeting on Monday.

The Cranleigh Community have said NO we will not bear the brunt of Waverley Borough Council’s housing target and failed Local Plan and we WILL be heard.

After a lengthy and lively debate, Members of the Waverley Joint Planning Committee proceeded by a huge majority of 15 to 5 (1 abstaining) to reject the application outright.

Thank you to our Parish Councillors Ken Reed, Mary Foryszewski, Stewart Stennett, Patricia Ellis and Brian Ellis for defending our community from this speculative application.

However this is not necessarily the end as Berkeleys may well appeal. We still need your support!

Join Us and fight for our village.

Further details of the Application can be found here.

Together We Can Make a Difference!

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