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Norfolk tour 2017

Walsingham Priory

Walsingham Priory

Farnham Society Norfolk tour, 15 – 18 September 2017

Building on the success of tours in previous years, our 2017 tour comprised four days in Norfolk.

We were privileged to have a private visit to the home of Sir Antony Gormley, the renowned sculptor and creator of such works as Angel of the North – which we had seen on our 2013 Northumbria visit. Sir Antony spoke of the evolution of sculpture from classical times to the modern day. Classical and Renaissance works were based upon biblical and mythological events, for example the sculptures in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence. Nowadays, following the Age of Enlightment and the Industrial Revolution, people find themselves living in a much changed world, and contemporary sculpture is inspired more by the uncertainties which characterise the modern age.

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Works by Sir Antony treat the human body as a space, rather than depicting movement or representing an event. We also saw something of the task of bringing a concept to its final physical form. A work would start as a model in clay, cardboard or polystyrene. The finished item, typically a large metal figure weighing several tons and displayed outdoors, required modern manufacturing techniques.

The theme of sculpture continued with a visit to Houghton Hall. The house is currently host to a temporary exhibition by the sculptor Richard Long, as well as being home to a number of permanent sculptures.

Water Flame sculpture

 The present house was built in the 18th century by Robert Walpole, the first British Prime Minister. His son Horace, the novelist, later created Strawberry Hill, in Twickenham – which The Farnham Society has also visited.

We visited two sites with a religious heritage. The first was Ely Cathedral, dominating the surrounding fenlands from its elevated position on the Isle of Ely. Beside the Cathedral are extensive former monastic buildings, now retained mostly as official residences.

Monastic bujildings at Ely
Monastic bujildings at Ely

The second was Walsingham, a major site of pilgrimage in the middle ages, up to the dissolution of the Priory under Henry VIII. Pilgrimage was revived at the end of the 19th century, with the development of two shrines. The Catholic shrine is centred around a restored medieval chapel, the adjacent 20th century chapel emulating the form of a barn. The Anglican shrine sits in the village centre, surrounded by houses from medieval and Georgian periods.

Felbrigg Hall, a national Trust property, is a very different house to Houghton. Much smaller, it was Jacobean in origins though much altered in 18th century. A family home until the mid 20th century, it still has a feeling of being lived in.

Our final day offered something less ‘serious’. A visit to Bressingham gave the opportunity to explore the magnificent gardens developed by four generations of the Bloom family. We were able to enjoy rides on the train and carousel in Alan Bloom’s collection of steam engines and railway carriages.

Bressingham steam collection
Bressingham steam collection

The exhibition also featured some of the sets and vehicles from the BBC series Dad’s Army, filmed nearby.

Diary for 2017 – 2018

Further details of all events will be published nearer the date.

Thursday 7 December 2017

Illustrated talk: The Journey of the Magi

by The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert

Friday 19 January 2018

Illustrated talk: The Lady with the Lamp – the Florence Nightingale Story

by Major Paul Whittle (Retd) TD

 

Save our Plan

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The consultation on Waverley’s Local Plan Part 1 finally started on Friday 8 September 2017. Councillors understood that it was going to start on Monday 3 September – perhaps a reflection of Waverley’s disarray on this issue. Regardless, the consultation period runs for six weeks, finishing at 5pm on Friday 20 October. No responses will be accepted after that. So, we are now half way though the consultation period. Residents of Farnham have an opportunity to voice their concerns about the main modifications to the Plan. We should point out that Waverley did not consult any town or parish councils, or any councillors, before announcing the modifications to their Local Plan. None.
We outlined the main issues that we have with the main modification last month but for the sake of clarity we repeat them again. Waverley are requiring Farnham to take an extra 450 houses of the additional 1,350 houses within the modifications. That is one third, and more than any other settlement. No additional houses are being allocated to Dunsfold aerodrome, not a single one, despite the Inspector saying that they should, and the Dunsfold team saying that they could. As a result Farnham would be taking more houses than Dunsfold, the borough’s largest brownfield site.
Waverley require that the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan be reviewed immediately to accommodate the additional houses or they will allocate the houses through their Local Plan Part 2. Subjecting such a change renders our neighbourhood plan out of date, within four weeks of it being ‘made’ as they officially call it, ie. adopted. Waverley didn’t render our plan out of date by mistake. Other borough councils would, and in fact have, respected ‘made’ neighbourhood plans. Not Waverley.

All those involved with our neighbourhood plan understood, and still understand, the need for plan-led development and for the Local Plan. Our plan was developed to ensure that all development was plan-led in Farnham and Carole Cockburn worked tirelessly with Waverley through the period of its preparation. As a result of Waverley’s actions, housing developers with recovered appeals (to be decided by the Secretary of State) have written to him asking for their proposals to be allowed. These proposals are on greenfield sites. Developers are queuing up now to appeal.
Sites for housing development in Farnham were selected by a defined methodology with carefully prepared criteria. These were challenged by both the Examiner of our plan, and in the High Court by a consortium of developers, and were found to be both fair and robust. The immediate review of our plan and addition of new sites would question the whole process that has taken place.
Then, without even considering the impact of these additional houses, we have to contemplate years of disruption as a result of East Street / Brightwells and the redevelopment of the Woolmead site. Waverley confirmed, and the Inspector acknowledged, that Farnham’s traffic issues and resulting congestion will be exacerbated by the forthcoming developments. Asking for additional houses immediately is the wrong course of action. Our plan is front end loaded. Let our Town Council review our plan in five years’ time, as Waverley knew was always intended, and deliver any shortfall of houses in Farnham between 2027 and 2032.
We would urge you to respond to the consultation.
For more detailed information look at the notes referred to below or on the Farnham Town Council’s website www.farnham.gov.uk
Here is a link to Waverley’s website allowing you to see the documentation www.waverley.gov.uk/lpp1examination

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What Modifications should you respond to & what should you be saying ?

The two most important main modifications you should be considering and responding to are

MM1 Para 6.24

and

MM3 Policy ALH1

We suggest that the following comments are made against these two main modifications

MM1, Para 6.24: Any additional housing requirement in Farnham should be allocated in a review of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan 2017 starting not earlier that 2022.
MM3, ALH1: Dunsfold Park should be allocated upwards of  3,000 homes and a simpler flat-rate uplift should be applied across the Borough.

CLICK HERE for further information on these main modifications.

How to respond

Write to Planning Policy Team, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1HR

e mail Waverley on planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk

Include your name, address, postcode, and date. Quote the above reference numbers for Main Modification and paragraph or policy numbers (eg MM1, Para 6.24 or MM3, ALH1)

OR use online consultation at www.waverley.gov.uk/lpp1examination

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Local Plan Consultation MM1 and MM3

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The two most important main modifications members should consider and respond to are Main Modification MM1 and MM3.

Click on the text next to the MM numbers below to see facts and points to include in any response you decide to submit.

MM1, timescale of the review

MM1 Para 6.24

MM3, allocation of additional housing

MM3 Policy ALH1

See the feature ‘Save our Plan’ on how to respond to the consultation, remember to include the main modification and either paragraph or policy you are responding to.

Appeal Update

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SEPTEMBER APPEAL UPDATE

The Secretary of State’s office has reported that the decisions on the recovered planning appeals relating to Waverley Lane, Lower Weybourne Lane and Bilton House, Monkton Lane will be postponed. They are now due to be published no later than 8 November 2017. The hope remains that all will be dismissed following the making or adoption of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan on 28 July 2017 and the requirement for Farnham to allocate a further 450 dwellings.

As reported previously, appeals relating to 35 Frensham Vale and Lavender Lane, Rowledge were dismissed in July, citing the Neighbourhood Plan. A decision is now awaited for Knowle Farm, 19 Old Park Lane. The Hamlet in the Woods (Land at Frensham Vale) appeal has been withdrawn. The appeal hearing on the refusal of the Baker Oates Stables reserved matters application has been validated and is due to take place on 8 November. The Folly Hill appeal is due to be heard at a Public Inquiry on 14 November 2017.

 

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The model of East Street Brightwells displayed at the Farnham Carnival and at the Bourne Show has been extensively enlarged and upgraded. The Stedman Blower Foundation have widened the area of the model to extend from the Lion and Lamb Yard in the west to the Riverside Industrial Estate in the east, and from the north side of Woolmead Road to the Borelli Walk to the south. Some areas still need to be populated with the buildings but the scale model provides a fantastic perspective of our town. The model will be in the Long Kiln Room at the Maltings until Saturday 23 September along with several boards prepared by the Recrafting Farnham Group updating feedback from Farnham residents.

Currently, as at Wednesday 13 September, the Maltings advise of the following availability to view the model, although please do check if you are making a special visit:

Thursday 14, until 1pm and from 7pm to 10pm

Friday 15, all day

Saturday 16 9am to 12 noon

Monday 18, from 3.30pm until 10pm

Tuesday 19, all day

Wednesday 20, all day

Thursday 21, until 6pm

Friday 22, from 12.30pm to 10pm

Saturday 23, until 12 noon

 

It is proposed that the model will continue to be upgraded and be put on display again in December but we suggest you drop into the Maltings and have a look while it is still there.

 

Heritage Open Days 2017

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Heritage Open Days 2017 ran from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September.

Our theme this year was Changing Faces – Buildings Then and Now. This promoted the town’s outstanding architectural heritage, focussing on how old buildings have been preserved by changing their use to meet modern day needs.

New this year

Several properties were open to visitors for the first time under Heritage Open Days, including:

Adult Learning Centre, a 19th century Gothic style building, which has at times been the Old Grammar School and the Farnham School of Art.

Farnham Vineyard Cburch, one of Farnham’s few Arts and Crafts buildings, orignally a Church Hall for St Andrew’s.

The Giggling Squid, now a restaurant by once the office for a builder’s yard.

 

Full deails about venues, guided walks and other events appear in our 2017 brochure, which can be obtained at locations throughout Farnham. It is also available online. Click here to view.

HODS programme 2017

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Here is a full list of HODS activities in and around Farnham. For further information click on the entry below.

 

PROPERTIES IN FARNHAM TOWN CENTRE

WEST STREET

Chapel of Rest, West Street Cemetery

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Willmer House

Guitar Village, 80-81 West Street

Caffe Piccolo, 84 West Street

Farnham Library, 28 West Street, Vernon House

Farnham Adult Learning Centre  -  New this year

Graham & Co Jewellers, 20A West Street

Goldsmiths Jewellers, Lion and Lamb House, 113 West Street

THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD

University for the Creative Arts

CASTLE STREET

Farnham Castle, Keep and Deer Park

Zizzi’s, 68 Castle Street

The Giggiling Squid  - New this year

SOUTH STREET     

Farnham United Reformed Church

The Victoria Garden, Brightwell Road

Farnham Council Offices

UNION ROAD

The Old Court House

Farnham Vineyard Church  -  New this year

LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE

Farnham Maltings, Red Lion Lane

New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park

DOWNING STREET

The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Lane, off Lower Church Lane

St Andrew’s Parish Church, Middle Church Lane

St Andrew’s Infant School, Upper Church Lane

Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers

Ivy House, Ivy Lane                                                   

PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS

WRECCLESHAM

Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, GU10 4QT (off A325 through Wrecclesham)

Yew Tree Cottage

Partridge House

St Peter’s Church

MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY

Moor Park House, Moor Park Lane (off Moor Park Way), GU10 1FE

Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

Waverley Abbey ruins, off Waverley Lane, GU9 8EP

FRENSHAM 

Ellel Pierrepont, Frensham GU10 3DL (off A287 in Frensham) 

 

GUIDED WALKS

Water Meadow Walk   –  new this year

Architectural Walk in Castle Street

Farnham Park Walk

Farnham Town Centre Tree Walk

Farnham Water Supply Walk

Waverley Abbey Walk

VIRTUAL WALKS

Trees in Farnham

The Architecture of Castle Street

TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS

A Gold Embriodery of Dancing Words

Morris Dancers – Saturday

Recrafting Farnham

 

 

 

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan adopted on 28 July

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JUDICIAL REVIEW DISMISSED SO PLAN ADOPTED

Waverley Borough Council ‘made’ or adopted the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan on Friday 28 July after a judicial review challenge, mounted by developers, was rejected in a decision handed down on Tuesday 18 July.

In the referendum held on Thursday 4 May 2017, 88% of votes cast were in support of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.

WBC has now implemented the Plan as part of its policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan, prepared through consultation with residents and businesses in Farnham over a four year period, provides a vision for Farnham and guides the future growth of the town and its surrounding countryside for the period up to 2031.

There are 32 policies that will support the vision guiding and controlling development within the area covered by the Plan, including sites identified for housing and business development. Page 5 of the Plan has a map showing the designated area.

Since the decision by Mrs Justice Lang, two planning appeals for housing developments at 35 Frensham Vale and Lavender Lane, Rowledge have been dismissed, citing the Plan which is now being given ‘very significant weight’ by planning inspectors.

Click here for a link to the May 2017 Farnham Neighbourhood Plan document,

 

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