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Cranleigh’s Councillors

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Always include your FULL name and postal address in any email correspondence to Councillors.

Parish Councillors’ Email Addresses

Cranleigh East:

Brian Freeston brianfcpc@gmail.com

Rowena Tyler

Richard Cole richardc@recole.plus.com

Kate Fernandes  kate_fernandes@hotmail.co.uk

Cranleigh West:

Patricia Ellis patricia.ellis@waverley.gov.uk

Rosemary Burbridge roburbridge@aol.com

Matthew Hayward  matt893969@hotmail.com

Steve Jeacock callsteve3@hotmail.co.uk

Cranleigh North:

Mary Foryszewski (Chair) pawfect@btinternet.com

Elmbridge:

Angela Richardson angelarichardson@live.co.uk

Cranleigh Rural:

Liz Townsend liz.yourcranleigh@gmail.com

Check the list of Cranleigh Parish Councillors here.

Waverley Borough Councillors’ Email Addresses

Cranleigh West

Patricia Ellis patricia.ellis@waverley.gov.uk

Liz Townsend liz.townsend@waverley.gov.uk

Cranleigh East

Mary Foryszewski mary.foryszewski@waverley.gov.uk

Stewart Stennett stewart.stennett@waverley.gov.uk

Jeanette Stennett jeanette.stennett@waverley.gov.uk

Shamley Green and Cranleigh North – Mike Band mike.band@waverley.gov.uk

Cranleigh Rural, Alfold and Ellens Green – Kevin Deanus kevin.deanus@waverley.gov.uk

Surrey County Councillor Email Address

Andrew Povey andrew.f.povey@surreycc.gov.uk

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Object to Knowle Park Initiative – West Cranleigh Nurseries

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UPDATE 24 November 2016: After an invalid application under reference number WA/2016/2077 the new application number for KPI (now under the name of A2Dominion Developments Ltd) is WA/2016/2207.  If you submitted a comment against this application under a previous number you will have to submit it yet again.


UPDATE 27 APRIL 2016: Knowle Park Initiative refused by Joint Planning Committee.


UPDATE 18 April 2016: Knowle Park Initiative application for 265 dwellings (West Cranleigh Nurseries) goes before the Joint Planning Committee on 27 April 2016 7pm, Waverley Borough Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, public welcome.


UPDATE 26 August 2015: Knowle Park Initiative have submitted a NEW application almost identical to the last! This means that all our objections will have to be resubmitted. This is the Waverley Planning Portal link http://planning.waverley.gov.uk/live/wbc/pwl.nsf/(RefNoLU)/WA20151569?OpenDocument


UPDATE 9 July 2015: It is reported that The Knowle Park Initiative will be resubmitting their application! Date not yet available.


UPDATE 8 July 2015: The Knowle Park Initiative withdraw their current application!


UPDATE 22 January 2015: Objections to this application are still being accepted!


UPDATE 20 May 2015: Environment Agency Object to Knowle Park Initiative site


Please submit your objection to this application on Waverley Borough Council’s website, closing date was 5 January 2015 but still taking objections NOW!  online planning portal ref WA/2014/2127

Please email a copy of your objections to the members of the Waverley Joint Planning Committee to let them know exactly what you feel. They will have the FINAL SAY on this application.
Click here for a list of the members’ email addresses

Or email the case officer Mrs H Hobbs direct on planconsult@waverley.gov.uk quoting ref WA/2014/2127 and give your FULL name and Postal Address.

Or write to Waverley Borough Council at (please quote ref WA/2014/2127 and give your FULL name and Postal Address):
Mrs H Hobbs
Planning Officer
Waverley Borough Council,
The Burys,
Godalming,
Surrey,
GU7 1HR

Always include your FULL name and postal address when writing or emailing.

If you want to raise any of the following points please do put them into your own words, as otherwise Waverley may not take them into account, thank you.

Points to consider:

Some of the points you might like to mention are (please do not cut and paste these points, please do put them into your own words, as otherwise Waverley Planning Officers may deem them to be invalid):

  • This application is premature to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
  • It will cause considerable harm to landscape character.
  • In line with the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) brown fields (previously developed land) should be built on before green fields, in Cranleigh that would include Hewitts Industrial Estate which is deliverable within 5 years and the planning application has been submitted to Waverley.
  • The site has very good quality Grade 2 Agricultural Land of which Waverley has precious little.
  • Parts of the site are in flood zones 2 and 3 and at high risk of flooding.
  • Engineers, WSP (On behalf of Berkeley Homes) say in their report on the Knowle Park Initiative site. After inspecting the Environment Agency maps and their own flood remodelling work they consider this site to be a river flood plain.
  • New residents may find it difficult or impossible to get insurance cover for flooding. The Association of British Insurers has stated that New Houses built after 1 January 2009 will not be covered by Flood Re; this is to avoid incentivising unwise building in flood risk areas.
  • The EA is only responsible for flooding from rivers and seas. Surrey County Council is lead flood authority for surface water flood risk. A major part of Cranleigh’s flooding is caused by Surface Water. Until Surrey County Council has performed a full surface water flood risk for Cranleigh in conjunction with the Emergency Services the Knowle Park Initiative application should be deferred or refused.  This is still outstanding from the Berkeley Homes, The Maples application.
  • Cranleigh’s road infrastructure and in particular the Alfold Road is a serious constraint to a development of this size. Surrey County Council’s Highways and Transport Infrastructure Requirements Report according to Waverley Borough Council is not based on any independent transport modelling but on the developers’ own transport assessments.
  • Cranleigh’s sewage works need a major upgrade and major investment from Thames Water before a development of this size can be connected to the system.

Thames Water objection to Knowle Park Intiative

  • The topography of Cranleigh has led to it developing in the way that it has; with housing on higher ground to the north and east of the village. This is because water runs down from the Surrey Hills and settles on the Weald Clay which makes the absorption of rainfall slow. This standing surface water will, and does, flood peoples’ homes and that is why these fields have remained undeveloped for generations. These fields should remain undeveloped for that reason.
  • Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee has raised serious concerns about the financial viability of the parkland and the implications that this would have on council tax bills should the Trustees been unable to fulfil their obligations.
  • Waverley’s Countryside Manager has also raised considerable concerns about the viability of the business plan for the parkland

Waverley Countryside manger objection

  • The site is not within walking distance of the high street. The footpath leading out from the site on to Knowle Lane does not have any pavement and poses a serious risk to pedestrians.
  • The formation and expansion of lakes to provide sustainable drainage systems (SuDs) for this site will require a costly and rigorous maintenance programme for which the Trustees will be liable for after 5 years. There could be serious implications for the Trustees and residents if this is not carried out.

Thank you for speaking up for Cranleigh.

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Would You Buy a House Here?

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My name is Richard Bryant and, as well as being a member of Cranleigh Civic Society, I am a Chartered Insurance Broker and, as such, I am actively campaigning against building on flood plains because of the serious flood insurance issues.

I have been urging the Joint Planning Committee at Waverley Borough Council to seriously consider the human aspect of flooding, not just the effect on roads and infrastructure.

To suffer surface water flooding is in some ways worse than having a fire in your home – fires are normally one off but there is always the genuine worry with flooding that it will reoccur.

There are very serious flood insurance implications for new people buying a house in Cranleigh on the sites proposed by Berkeley Homes, Knowle Park Initiative and Crest Nicholson.

The owners of houses built before 1 January 2009, and which are at the highest risk of flooding, will be helped to obtain flood cover, at an affordable cost, under a special arrangement set up by the Association of British Insurers and the Government called Flood Re.

However this arrangement DOES NOT apply to houses built after 1 January 2009 as, after that date, new houses should be located to avoid flood risk and to avoid increasing flood risk elsewhere in line with national planning policies..

Of course, this will not be mentioned by the developers in their sales brochures – there will be no warning given to prospective house buyers of the potential for flooding and the insurance implications of this.

Even if a house escapes flooding by a few inches, but neighbouring houses are under water, the owner of that undamaged house could well have problems at their next insurance renewal as, when the land next floods, that previously undamaged house may well succumb to flooding – it will be considered as high risk..

So when the purchaser of a new house suffers flooding – that is bad enough but they then face:

  • the value of their house plummeting
  • the possibility of negative equity
  • having to move to temporary accommodation for many months whilst their house is cleared of sewage and debris, dries out and is repaired
  • the possibility that flood insurance may not available to them anymore or, if it is, having to pay a high premium and/or large excess
  • being petrified, every time there is persistent heavy rain, that this hell will happen all over again to them

At the Cranleigh Parish Council meeting on 8 December not only did all the Councillors object to the Knowle Park Initiative outline planning application but they all cited flooding as their main concern.

Also, for the first time, they referred to the human aspect of suffering flooding. Also we were told that Waverley will, at long last, attach importance to Cranleigh’s flood history – for ages we have been telling them that statistics can be “manipulated” to serve any purpose but history is fact!

Councillors are now listening to what Cranleigh Civic Society are telling them on behalf of the Cranleigh Community!

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This is Why Land to the South of Cranleigh High Street Floods!

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Surface Water floods to the South of the High Street in Cranleigh because of the topography of the surrounding countryside and the geology of the soil; Weald Clay. This is why areas of The Maples – Berkeley Homes and the Knowle Park Initaitive – West Cranleigh Nurseries are particularly susceptible to floods.

Cranleigh topography with measurement

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Poster Campaign – SAY NO!

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Print off this poster and display it prominently in your window or front garden.

Waverley Borough Council needs to know that Cranleigh is saying NO to building on Greenfields that Flood.

This not only puts new residents at risk but also existing residents from water runoff from all these new houses.

Click on the image below and print off.

Cranleigh say No to Building on greenfields that flood

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The Maples Cranleigh – Berkeley Homes

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Republished article: objections can still be submitted as the planning application decision was deferred by Waverley Borough Council. It will now go before the Joint Planning Committee on 5 January 2015 at 7pm at Waverley Borough Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming.WE NEED AS MANY OF YOU AS POSSIBLE TO ATTEND

Submit your objection to this application on Waverley Borough Council’s before 5 January 2015 online planning portal ref WA/2014/0912

Please also email a copy of your objections to the members of the Waverley Joint Planning Committee to let them know exactly what you feel. They will have the FINAL SAY on this application.
Click here for a list of the members’ email addresses

Or email the case officer Mr Barry Lomax direct on planconsult@waverley.gov.uk please quote ref WA/2014/2127 and give your FULL name and Postal Address.

Or write to Waverley Borough Council at (please quote ref WA/2014/2127 and give your FULL name and Postal Address):
Mrs B Lomax
Planning Officer
Waverley Borough Council,
The Burys,
Godalming,
Surrey,
GU7 1HR

Always include your FULL name and postal address when writing or emailing.

If you want to raise any of the following comments in your objection please do put them into your own words, as otherwise Waverley may not take them into account, thank you.

Points to Consider

Some of the points you might like to mention are (please do not cut and paste these points as that will make your email invalid ):

  • Premature to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan.
  • It will cause considerable  harm to landscape character.
  • In line with the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) brown fields (previously developed land) should be built on before green fields, in Cranleigh that would include Hewitts Industrial Estate which is deliverable in 5 years and from their exhibitions this summer will be coming forward imminently.
  • Parts of the site are in flood zones 2 and 3 and at high risk of flooding.
  • The EA is only responsible for flooding from rivers and seas. Surrey County Council is lead flood authority for surface water flood risk. Cranleigh’s flooding is caused by Surface Water. Until Surrey County Council has performed a full surface water flood risk for Cranleigh in conjunction with the Emergency Services the Berkeley Home’s application should be deferred or refused.
  • Berkeley Homes talk about improving road junctions, however it is the roads themselves that need major improvements before a development of this size should go ahead.
  • Cranleigh’s sewage works need a major upgrade and major investment from Thames Water before a development of this size can be connected to the system.
  • Berkeley Homes need to commit in a contract to a minimum of 30% affordable housing on this site, it is ridiculous that this large commercial and wealthy corporation will not commit to a binding contract on affordable housing
  • The topography of Cranleigh has led to it developing in the way that it has; with housing on higher ground to the north and east of the village. This is because water runs down from the Surrey Hills and settles on the Weald Clay which makes the absorption of rainfall slow. This standing surface water will, and does, flood peoples’ homes and that is why these fields have remained undeveloped for generations. These fields should remain undeveloped for that reason.
  • Although there are still spaces in our secondary schools our primary schools are full NOW. From where we stand today as these schools feed our secondary school this will also be full of these very same children shortly.
  • The NHS has raised concerns on this application of the ability of our current medical facilities to cope with a development of this size without significant improvements and investment.

Thank you for speaking up for Cranleigh.

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KNOWLE PARK INITIATIVE – CRANLEIGH PARISH COUNCIL PLANNING MEETING 8 DEC

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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.

IMPORTANT– Cranleigh Parish Council will be considering the Knowle Park Initiative – West Cranleigh Nurseries application on Monday 8 Dec 7pm at Cranleigh Village Hall.

FIRST Please write to the Parish Councillors with your thoughts and put the 8 December 7pm in your diary – THEN PLEASE come to the meeting.

When you write to Cranleigh Parish Councillors ALWAYS include your FULL postal address in any correspondence so that they are able to reply.

List of Cranleigh Parish Councillors:

Cranleigh East: stewart.stennett@waverley.gov.uk ; brett.vorley@waverley.gov.ukrichardc@recole.plus.com ; ruthcreed@gmail.com ; kenreed.cpc@gmail.com ; b.cheesman270@btinternet.com

Cranleigh West: brian.ellis@waverley.gov.uk ; patricia.ellis@waverley.gov.uk ; roburbridge@aol.com ; davidgill46@aol.com

Cranleigh North – mike.band@waverley.gov.uk

Elmbridge: RAW@cranleigh.org (Cllr Robert Wilson)

Cranleigh Rural: mary.foryszewski@waverley.gov.uk ; brian.arendell@hotmail.co.uk

Copy in:

Anne Milton MP anne.milton.mp@parliament.uk

Matthew Evans Head of Planning Services 
(Chief Planning Officer): matthew.evans@waverley.gov.uk

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:

River flooding Alfold Road behind West Cranleigh Nurseries 23 November 2014Alfold Road near West Cranleigh Nurseries 23 November 2014Sewage Little mead Industrial Estate

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HEWITTS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE BROWNFIELD APPLICATION UPDATES!

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UPDATE 5 Jan 2017: Hewitts Appeal Successful.

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).

Hewitts Industrial Estate Cranleigh planning application submitted

 

Update

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.

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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL RESPONSE TO THE MAPLES – BERKELEY HOMES

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The Maples Berkeley Homes Surrey County Council say no

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CRANLEIGH’S FUTURE – HAS BEEN DECIDED

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THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW:

Swallow Tiles WA/2012/081058 dwellings – BEING BUILT


Thakeham Homes, Elmbridge Road – in partnership with Stovolds Hill Farms Limited have submitted an application for 58 dwellings to Waverley Borough Council ref WA/2016/1921.


Amlets Lane WA/2014/1038 – 125 dwellings – Outline planning consent GRANTED.  Site purchased by Cala Homes. Full Planning Application now in.  Detailed Permission GRANTED 10 November 2016 under reference WA/2016/0517.


Berkeley Homes – The Maples WA/2014/0912 – 425 dwellingsPlanning 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/2016/2160 Phase 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 dwellingsREJECTED 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.


Crest Nicholson – Horsham Road WA/2014/1754 – 149 dwellings – decision GRANTED – If you want to read more about this application click here. There is now an application in for Full Planning permission.  UPDATE Application deferred 24 August 2016.  Detailed permission GRANTED 5 October 2016.


Little Meadow, Alfold Road WA/2015/0478 – 75 dwellings – GRANTED you can read more.


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/2013/194719 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.


All planning application ref numbers can be checked here:
http://waverweb.waverley.gov.uk/live/wbc/pwl.nsf/webdisplaypubliclist?openform


BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT

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

THESE HOUSES ALONE WILL BRING IN A:

MINIMUM 2,500 CARS
MINIMUM 3,100 RESIDENTS

HOW WILL CRANLEIGH COPE?

Dunsfold Park Application

An application for an additional 1,800 Ref WA/2015/2395 was submitted to Waverley Borough Council on 18 Dec 2015.

You can read through the full details of this application on the Waverley website under significant sites for development in and around Cranleigh.

http://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/485/planning_applications/1811/dunsfold_park_new_proposal

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