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SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATION DROP IN

SCC Consultation

Surrey CC have agreed after pressure from our County Councillors to have a Consultation Drop-in session on Monday 17 December between 10am and 12 midday (two hours only) at the Library (The Culver Room) in West Street.

We would urge as many residents to attend to show the strength of feeling about the possible closure of the CRC (Dump) together with the loss of other services in Farnham, the largest town in Waverley.

VAT on works to listed buildings

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A few years ago, the government imposed VAT upon work carried out to listed buildings. This has had a serious financial impact upon owners of listed buildings, increasing cost of repairs and reducing the incentive to invest in the building. With Heritage Open Days now taking place, we are reminded of the value of listed buildings, which are costly to maintain and preserve.

The Listed Property Owners Club is campaigning for the reduction of VAT on work to listed buildings, and is raising a petition to place before parliament. Your support will help to preserve and protecting these buildings for future generations.

Click here for the petition. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223075

For further information, click on the links below:

Listed Property Owners Club (LPOC) website.

LPOC press release

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Listed Properties

Waverley Lane planning inquiry update July 2017

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Waverley Lane, Farnham, Planning Inquiry Update July 2017

The Secretary of State’s office have sought responses to events, cases and information submitted by interested parties since April, including the Waverley Local Plan EiP, judicial review hearing and decision, and court cases decisions related to similar circumstances. The latest date advised by his office by which a decision will be made is 13 September 2017.

Previous website posting below

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The Public Inquiry Appeal by Wates Development Ltd against Waverley’s refusal of their planning application for 157 dwellings on the fields in Waverley Lane started on Tuesday 16 August 2016, and the first session lasted until Tuesday 23 August when the hearing was adjourned. The hearing was reconvened on Tuesday 18 October, the second session and hearing closing on Thursday 20 October. Wates withdrew the two supplementary applications but appealed the first and main application which received 1,192 objections.

The appeal was ‘recovered’, the planning term for the Secretary of State (SoS) calling in the final decision, after the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was found to meet the basic conditions for Neighbourhood Plans on 22 February 2017. With recorded appeals the Inspector makes a recommendation but the SoS’s office will decide whether they will allow the appeal.

On 17 March the SoS’s office informed Waverley and Wates that they had until 31 March 2017 to submit representation to them resulting from the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan being found to meet the conditions and going to referendum on 4 May.

The Inquiry Hearing between 16 August and 23 August was well attended by residents. Thank you if you attended. The Inspector does record residents’ interest in the appeal. Independent Ward Councillor Andy MacLeod participated during the Appeal Hearing particularly on the question of the Five Year Housing Land Supply and the fact that the delivery of houses is by housing developers not Waverley. South Farnham Residents’ Association (SOFRA) questioned several of Wates’ consultants called to provide evidence and the Bourne Conservation Group and Peter Bridgeman gave evidence to support the defence of the Appeal.

Judicial Review judgement handed down

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In the judgement from the preliminary hearing on 31 January, Mr Justice Dove ruled that the five claimants did not have the necessary standing to take Waverley Borough Council (WBC) to Judicial Review over management of the East Street / Brightwells development contract.

His reasoning was that a retendering of the scheme would not result in a development different to that currently proposed.

Click here to see full judgement

WBC  stated at the meeting in May 2016 that it was for the courts to decide upon the legality of the changes which they made to the development contract. WBC have prevented the courts from judging whether they have acted lawfully.

 

 

WBC Meeting on East Street

Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council has decided to proceed with the East Street/Brightwells development. A Special Executive Meeting on 24 May, recommended proceeding, and this was followed by a full Council meeting which approved the recommendation.

The proceedings can be viewed as a webcast via the WBC website

www.waverley.gov.uk

 

Recrafting Farnham

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The second meeting of Recrafting Farnham took place at Farnham Maltings on the evening of Monday 18 April.

Recrafting Farnham’s originator, Laith Anayi, presented the results of the first meeting, the consultation held in January and attended by some 700 local residents. Then the architect Robert Adam presented Tomorrow’s Home, funded by ADAM Urbanism and Grainger plc. This investigated the housing needs of today’s 18-34 year-olds. The findings ought to shape how we all think about homes for ‘Generation Y’ and those who come after them: where housing ought to be and therefore the future shape of Farnham.

For more information, contact:
Jenny Peterson
Architectural Communities Coordinator
RIBA South/South East

Farnham Station Car Park

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Farnham Station : by Ray Stanton, licensed under Creative Commons

Changes to the car park at Farnham Station in 2016 added a new deck, to provide 170 additional parking spaces.

A presentation on the changes took place at Farnham Station, on 8 March.

Work was originally planned to run from April to August, however, the start date was postponed while emergency repair work was carried out on the line between Farnham and Alton.

 

 

For further information visit the South West Trains website.

Farnham Park nomination

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Farnham Park

Farnham Park is one of 19 parks in the south of England to have been nominated in the Fields in Trust competition, to run for the title of UK’s Best Park 2015.

Two other parks in Waverley were also nominated, Broadwater Park in Farncombe and Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming. Broadwater and Farnham Parks have both been awarded Green Flags by Keep Britain Tidy, in recognition of their high standards and excellent facilities.

www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/nominations.

Consultation on Recycling Centre

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Surrey County Council has conducted a public consultation aimed at reducing the cost of operating recycling centres. This included the Farnham recycling centre in Guildford Road. Notably, the consultation looked at the options of closure of recycling centres, restricting opening hours, and charging for disposal of certain types of waste.

The consultation closed in September 2015.

For further information, see the Surrey County Council website.

Demolition of Tennis Club pavilion

Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

Following the approval in June of a Non Material Amendment, the Tennis Club pavilion was demolished at the beginning of August. This allowed both Waverley Borough Council and Crest Nicholson to claim that work on the Brightwell site started before the planning consent expired, thus eliminating the necessity to submit a further planning application.

Some clearance work along the northern side of the A31 was undertaken in August, and red marker posts have appeared in the grass verge alongside the carriageway, at the site of the proposed temporary access bridge. However there has been no anouncement relating to funding, leading to speculation that Crest Nicholson are considering proceeding without construction of the bridge (to save money).

Demolition of Redgrave Theatre

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On Monday 26 January, Waverley’s Joint Planning Committee approved the planning application to demolish the Redgrave Theatre, along with boundary walls to Brightwell House and the cottage.

 

BBC South were present to film outside the Council Offices , and to conduct interviews with Theatre supporters, including Andrew Welch and David Wylde, Performers Together and Farnham Theatre Association.

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Photographs courtesy of Mike Silver and Mike Bryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farnham Society Website

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Society’s new website and house style

The Farnham Society is pleased to present our new website, following complete redesign. We hope you find it clear and easy to use

The website now reflects a Farnham Society house style which is being adopted on other publicity material – such as newsletters and membership leaflets.  The page headers retain the Society’s familiar ‘lamp-post’ logo while introducing an image of brickwork (this one from Farnham Castle) to represent the many fine brick buildings in the town.

Our members will have noticed a similar header to the front cover of our recent newsletter, designed to match the new web pages and to embody the common style.

Website build

The site has been designed to operate with the latest technology, which has changed since the time of our first website. Our aim was that the site can be found easily by search engines, so that when a user searches for ‘The Farnham Society’, the site is one of the first search results to be displayed. We wanted the site to connect with social media such as Facebook.

We engaged a local web designer, Lee Broughall, a Farnham resident who worked at the University for the Creative Arts for several years, assisting the Galleries Manager in arranging exhibitions.   He recently went into business as a website designer, and has undertaken a number of commissions for local clients

The site is being rolled out progressively, so that over the coming weeks and months we will be adding more content. In the future we aim to add a Members’ Only area which will contain items such as the latest newsletter and programme card and details of ‘members only’ events such as coffee mornings.

Website content

We don’t have ambitions of competing with the Farnham Herald in terms of covering local news and events, but we do intend to regularly cover local events of interest to our members from the Society’s point of view.

If you have an item of interest, or an article you feel would be suitable to be posted on the website, please send it to our Secretary, Janet Radley, at 1secretary.fsoc@gmail.com

 

 

 

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