Cranleigh Parish Council AGM last week & Leisure Centre consultation

Cranleigh Parish Council AGM last week & Leisure Centre consultation

Parish Council AGM – Thursday 7th March 2024

It was an interesting evening in Cranleigh Village Hall

Parish Council’s work

A few Parishioners turned out to listen to the report of the past year from Chairman Marc Scully. When looking at the list of projects and maintenance that the councillors considered and decided about it is no wonder they find it quite a tough job!  It includes all planning applications in the area, being consulted with about all big projects such as the Surrey County Council’s High street improvements, Waverley Borough Council’s plans for Cranleigh Leisure Centre, and continuing work on Cranleigh Neighbourhood plan,  and the LCWIP – local cycling and walking plans!

The King’s Coronation – Prince Edward and Duchess Sophie’s visit to Cranleigh

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Michael More-Molyneux

Mr More-Molyneux and his wife attended the meeting to represent the King because of the welcome Cranleigh gave royal visitors on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s coronation. Mr More-Molyneux took along a beautiful plaque to commemorate the Royal Visit of Prince Edward and his wife Duchess Sophie. The plaque is to be displayed publicly for all to see.  He presented it to a member of the audience who received it on behalf of Cranleigh Community.  It was rather a special moment. He has lived in the county of Surrey all his life. Loseley Park has been the residence of the More-Molyneux family for over five centuries.

Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan –  it’s a good thing

Neighbourhood plans are to empower locals to have a say in where housing can be built.  Ewhurst recently voted for theirs.  Part of the Parish Council’s work this last year is to bring Cranleigh Neighbourhood plan to Referendum status – achieved – but currently suspended by a legal challenge – the reason for which is not allowed to be published – the challenger must be protected.  However it should be heard by the high court this month with any luck, then arrangements made to vote YES and adopt not long after.  It is a good plan with only a few areas of Cranleigh to be built on, and many protections and enhancements.  If and when building does occur at least the amount of CIL money (developer’s contributions) will be higher.

High Street plans are nothing to do with the Neighbourhood plan.  

The connection with High Street plans is simply that developers’ contributions must be identified at planning permission stage – so as far back as 2017 in some cases.  The Parish and Borough council asked for money to upgrade Cranleigh High Street and that money can only be spent on the agreed projects.  There are further surveys being carried out including speed surveys along the High Street. You will notice cables fixed across the road.

Cranleigh Leisure Centre presentation by Architects and Waverley officers

Another project has been to work with Waverley Borough Council to bring about plans for Cranleigh Leisure centre to be replaced by an amazing Passivhaus pool with many studios and other rooms for various uses.

It has been a long time in the planning

So that the current leisure centre doesn’t close the councillors and officers decided on the plan to build the new one in the centre of the car park, and only take down the old one when the new one is up and running.  The old one will then be taken away and car parking put in place. The sticky issue is this – parking!  firstly during the build and secondly afterwards when the business plan states that many more people will be attracted to use the centre!  Waverley urgently need sensible suggestions to answer this problem.  But also hope many people will walk and cycle whatever the weather or time of year. The plans do not include squash courts or much viewing area for swimming. There is no provision for squash courts despite squash now being an Olympic sport, and a much smaller viewing area for swimming – both of which were challenged at the meeting.

The consultation is 15th and 16th March, and on line.

Cranleigh Village Hall 2pm till 7pm Friday and Cranleigh Leisure Centre 10am till 1pm on Saturday.

Have your say by 22nd March!  web site – click here – – email –


Cranleigh Leisure Centre update 15th & 16th March drop-in

Cranleigh Leisure Centre update 15th & 16th March drop-in

Waverley Borough Council and councillors would like you to see plans for the new Cranleigh Leisure Centre

The drop-in sessions are taking place on Friday 15th March 2024 at Cranleigh Village Hall from 2-7pm and on Saturday 16th March 2024 at Cranleigh Leisure Centre from 10am-1pm.

Waverley Borough Council are sharing plans for the new Cranleigh Leisure Centre. If you would like to view the plans, please pop in at a time that is convenient to you.

They hope to see you there, but if you can not make it, please don’t worry as the plans are also available online. View details at: click here 

DPP website:

Waverley Borough Council information hub:

If you would like to give feedback on these initial designs, you can do so via our feedback form.

Please send any comments to us by 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2024.

See website for details.  click here


Cranleigh Leisure Centre update 15th & 16th March drop-in

Cranleigh Leisure Centre consultation ends 19th Jan

Time to say what you like and what you want revised

Waverley BC on line consultation ends this Friday see here for the background and links to the survey.

“If you have any thoughts or comments on this project and particularly the vision for the building, please get in touch with Waverley Borough Council via the project email or fill in the survey below.  The actual survey is here


Cranleigh Leisure Centre update 15th & 16th March drop-in

Cranleigh Civic Society AGM – Leisure Centre news

On 29th November Cranleigh  Society held its public meeting and AGM.  Councillor Liz Townsend BEM spoke about many topics including the work to bring a wonderful eco-friendly new leisure centre to Cranleigh.  She said:

The new Cranleigh Leisure Centre budget of just over £31 million has been approved. The Project Team is in place. The LC will be built to Passivhaus standards which is an environmental standard and means that energy usage will be very low – minimum savings of 50-60%. It will be self funding over the term of the project which Waverley expect to be 40 years plus.

There will be consultations.  Please follow this link to find out more on Waverley Borough Council’s web site: click here  

As you scroll down the page you will see there is now a public consultation which ends 14th January 2024. click here 

The new Leisure Centre will be built in the Village Way car park in front of the original LC  – a build period of 18 months. Waverley realise that there will be disruption in the Village Way car park but they will do their best to minimise it.

It is important for us all to realise that not only do we need a new leisure centre but that it will also increase the footfall in Cranleigh boosting our High Street.

The smaller swimming pool will be bigger than it is now with a moving floor. The small pool will be used for adults with medical conditions (as well as for children’s swimming lessons) as they require a warmer water temperature.

Waverley’s plan is for there to be therapy sessions and classes in the warmer water for those with medical conditions.

Notice of Extraordinary meeting of Cranleigh Parish Council 7pm 26 July Council Chamber

Notice of Extraordinary meeting of Cranleigh Parish Council 7pm 26 July Council Chamber

Councillors are respectfully summoned to attend an extraordinary meeting of the Parish Council to be held
at 7.00pm on Wednesday 26 July 2023 at the Council Chamber.

You can read the agenda and additional documents here 

• To receive apologies and reasons for absence.
• To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of any item to be
considered at the meeting and notification of any changes to Members’ Interests.
• To note any comments from parishioners.
To review a draft survey and accompanying letter to be issued by CVHT
(This item may be held in private and confidential session – reason: commercial in confidence)
• To discuss the CVHT survey and accompanying letter.
Closing date: 04 August 2023
• To submit a response
Thursday 21 September 2023.

Dunsfold development on the move

Dunsfold aerodrome development is on the move:

Waverley Borough Council has engaged a consultancy firm   Allies and Morrison (click here to see their web site) to continue the previous work on the development of Dunsfold aerodrome

As you will probably remember outline planning permission was gained in the past, then owners put the site up for sale.  Our councillors are involved in this stage of the consultation in a group called Dunsfold Advisory Group – includes our very own Liz Townsend and councillors from surrounding villages.

Will this development ruin Cranleigh’s chances of keeping its shops and schools?

This question is often raised – certainly the new village will have to have a 2 form entry school, a GP practice, and a good bus service.  There are all other facilities planned except a leisure centre.  The facts are that Waverley BC have included this development in their Local Plan which runs until 2032, and if this housing is not built then Waverley BC will have to ensure it is built in and around the villages and towns.  That means us Cranleigh.

New owners on the way

We understand a buyer has been found and that the development is going ahead.  The junction with the A281 is already being made ready for the new “Village”.

Have your say  The consultation is called an SPD – which means Supplementary Planning Document.

Waverley BC would really, really like your opinions about the way the development is being designed by their consultants!  They are consulting in various ways – on-line seminars, exhibitions and through the website. Please click here to follow the link.

What we think – but we want to know your views too

Our comments on your behalf so far have been emphasising the following needs –

wild life corridors, water and sewage management issues, future proofed eco properties, making sure all legislation that is coming within the next 10 years doesn’t mean householders having to retro-fit eco items, ensuring all age groups and mobility needs are catered very well for, green spaces and places to grow vegetables and fruit, transparency about drainage, caring for the pupils and staff at Jigsaw school – who hate noise – making sure that UCOG doesn’t get a look in, ground source heat pumps before building properties, owned shop houses rather than land owners who charge big rents for shops, ensuring plenty of opportunities for self-build especially for “Passivhaus” types (little or no energy required) and we have emphasised too that it is a very windy site!!!

Levy money that will make its way to Cranleigh – eventually

Developers are required to pay some money to Councils for a variety of “infrastructure” and “new” items that the public will benefit from, such as parks.  In this case around three quarters of a million pounds (only) will eventually find its way into Waverley’s coffers to go towards Cranleigh’s £12-£30 million pound new leisure centre and other facilities development!