Residents of Farnham are urged to vote yes at the forthcoming referendum to decide whether Waverley Borough Council should use the Reviewed Farnham Neighbourhood Plan to determine the development strategy for Farnham on Thursday 12 March.
The Plan identifies a number of allocated sites across Farnham that will provide the required 2,780 homes for the Plan period up to 2032
Voting for our Plan would inhibit the loss of green fields around our town and prevent additional traffic congestion
Below are links to Farnham Town Council’s website page and Waverley Borough Council’s website page for the referendum
alternatively you can click on the following links for the Reviewed Farnham Neighbourhood Plan
and for the appendices Appendix 2 Housing Sites
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions which we will try and answer.
At the referendum in May 2017 the plan received a 88% yes vote from 38% of the electorate.
Please let your family and friends living in Farnham know about the referendum and the critical importance of supporting the Plan
The Planning Committee have received a limited number of nominations for the Awards. Having sought agreement with the executive committee they have reluctantly decided to postpone the current Award cycle until 2021. When nominations are sought again the buildings nominated by the closing date of 31 January 2020 will be included. Nomination will be sought for buildings and schemes completed between September 2017 and January 2021. It is proposed that the deadline for nominations will be Monday 1 February 2021.
The Planning chair thanks members that nominated buildings or schemes and will contact them personally shortly.
The Society urges members to support the Neighbourhood Plan
As reported in last week’s Farnham Herald independent examiner Derek Stebbing concluded from his examination of the Review Plan that, subject to a list of modifications, the Reviewed Plan meets Basic Conditions. These words don’t sound as rapturous as maybe they could but they give the go ahead to the reviewed Plan which is exactly what we wanted to hear. Mr Stebbing could have concluded that no modifications were required at all, which was very unlikely, and could have concluded that no referendum was required but that was equally unlikely.
Because of the length of time the Mr Stebbing was taking to publish his report, several of us on the Farnham Society Planning Committee were becoming increasingly concerned that he had found an issue with it. I more than the others probably.
The Public Examination took place on Tuesday 1 October after he had conducted a Procedural Exploratory Meeting on 4 June 2019. Mr Stebbing concluded from the Procedural Exploratory Meeting that the Reviewed Plan had material modifications and therefore it was required that he undertake a public examination of the Reviewed Plan.
Mr Stebbing methodically dismissed one after another of the challenges from the developers in his report published on 9 December 2019. The report can be accessed via this link, click here.
Why was the Reviewed Plan necessary ? The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was originally ‘made’, the technical term for adopted on 31 July 2017. The referendum on Thursday 4 May 2017 saw the original Plan receive a 88% ‘yes’ vote with a turnout of 38.75%. A truly impressive result illustrating to both developers and the former Waverley Borough administration that the residents of Farnham were overwhelming supportive of the Plan.
Along came Waverley’s past Tory administration, responsible for, in my view finalising the Brightwells potential disaster on us and decided that she would put a spanner in the works by requiring Farnham Town Council either to review the Plan immediately or they would get Waverley planners to select the sites to accommodate the additional 450 dwellings within Part 2 of their Local Plan.
They are completely responsible for the requirement for the Reviewed Plan process. She could have simply asked for a clause to be written into the Local Plan Part 1 that Farnham was required to review its Neighbourhood Plan within, let’s say five years, so 2022.
We would have had the protection of the Neighbourhood Plan and the Folly Hill housing development wouldn’t have been allowed by the Planning Inspector.
Furthermore, Farnham Town Council wouldn’t have been required to spend thousands of pounds to prepare the new Plan and go through the current process now. Further expense is still required by the forthcoming referendum.
As reported in the Farnham Herald last week new outline planning applications from Bewley Homes and Wates Developments have been submitted and validated, for 140 dwellings and 146 dwellings respectively. Application numbers WA/2019/1905 and WA/2019/1926. Please look at and comment on these applications, ideally objecting. Farnham now has provided its allocated requirement of homes until 2032. The sites allocated within the Plan will proceed, we don’t want an additional 280 plus houses in Farnham. I do hope that the developers, whose sites are not included as housing allocations, notably Bewley and Wates accept the contents of the report and look elsewhere rather than destroy our green fields.
I hope also that the new Head of Planning, Zac Ellwood, supports the Planning Development Plan, ie the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan. The harm from these developments far out-weighs the benefits to the town.
The Planning Committee are delighted that the Plan can go to referendum and hope that all residents able to vote will support it. The Farnham Society will be taking on the challenge of raising further awareness of the Plan’s benefits, and of the need to vote for it in the referendum, enabling its adoption.
The Society will be mobilising volunteers to leaflet homes throughout the town. A date for the referendum has to be determined but we hope it is before the end of February or at the latest early March. If you would like to help, please email me on email@example.com
We need to demonstrate to the Waverley, the Planning Inspectorate and particularly the developers that Farnham supports the Neighbourhood Plan.
Bob France has volunteered as a Tour Guide at both Uppark and Petworth Houses. His work has taken in Costume Interpreter activities in various roles, including butler from Georgian and Victorian eras.
Bob explored the Christmas tradition through the eyes of John Dine, Petworth’s ancient butler, looking at how dramatically Christmas changed from his Georgian youth to late Victorian times. We discovered how our Christmas traditions developed. Why did Father Christmas change from green to red? Did the Georgians have Christmas trees, presents and turkeys? What were Mumpers and Hodlers? Why was Boxing Day so important? Plenty of insight and amusement – a joyful way to herald the festive season!
Monday 9 December, 20:00
Cherrill Sands is a garden historian with a great passion for the Arts and Crafts movement.
With the aim of combining beauty and practicality, the movement saw gardens as places to be explored and enjoyed.
Cherrill’s talk will highlight three talented and creative gardeners from the movement.
William Morris, with his first garden at the Red House.
William Robinson, whose books and magazines urged people to break away from the geometric seasonal bedding which was fashionable in the 19th century.
Gertrude Jekyll, who won great acclaim as a garden designer, working alone or with the architect Edwin Lutyens.
Please join us for a fascinating historical talk at
St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ
Friday 15 November, 20:00
Refreshments from 19:30
Tickets on Entry:
Members £4 Non-Members £6 Students £2
To pre-book please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a result of circumstances beyond our control, the play about the Battle of Moor Park, planned for Saturday 14 September, has been cancelled.
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The Examiner has decided that the changes to the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan Review (Modification Proposal) are so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the neighbourhood development plan which the draft would replace. In his letter dated 21 June 2019 he has stated
(i) my determination under paragraph 10(1) of Schedule A2 is that the modifications contained in the draft Plan constitute material modifications which do change the nature of the Plan and, if to proceed, would require an examination and a referendum;’
Our second full day visit for the 2019 season was on Thursday June 2019, to Greensted Church and Copped Hall, both near Epping.
St Andrews Church Greensted is the oldest wooden church in the world and probably the oldest wooden building still standing in Europe. A few timbers in the nave remain from the original Saxon structure. These have been dated to between 998 and 1063. Many changes have been made to the church over the years but worship has continued here for 1300 years. A guided tour of this lovely old church told us more of its history.
The visit to Copped Hall gave us a chance to see restoration in progress. Copped Hall is a Palladian mansion of 1753-8, burnt in 1917 and asset stripped in 1950. From 1986 to 1995 a prolonged campaign was fought to save the mansion and its Conservation Area from repeated large-scale development proposals. Architect Alan Cox, who was very involved in the campaign, raised the finance to enable the specially formed Copped Hall Trust to acquire the freehold of the hall and gardens in 1995. The visit showed how the hall and gardens are being brought back from extreme dereliction. It proved to be a fascinating tour.
This year Farnham’s Heritage Open Days will run over two consecutive weekends in September, Saturday 14 – Sunday 15, and Thursday 19 – Sunday 22.
Our theme this year is People Power. We will commemorate some of the famous sons, daughters and residents of Fanham who have made an impact locally or nationally. And we will celebrate what has been achieved by the people of Farnham at grass roots level. For example, this is the 50th anniversary of Farnham Matlings, saved from demoliltion by local action, now a successful arts, culture and community centre.
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
THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD
10 Castle Street - New this year
Ruby La La - New this year
LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE
Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers
New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park
PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS
South Farnham Infants School – previously The Bourne School
MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY
TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
The Farnham Society
72nd Annual General Meeting
Friday 14 June 2019
St Joan’s Centre, Tilford Road GU9 8DJ
complimentary drinks from 6.45pm
Guest Speaker Colin Channon
Editorial Manager, The Farnham Herald
The Farnham Society Annual General Meeting
1. Apologies for absence.
2. Minutes of the 71st Annual General Meeting held on 25 May 2018
3. Chairman’s report
4. (i) Adoption of draft accounts for financial year ending 31 March 2019
(ii) Confirmation of Inspector of Accounts
5. Committee reports
6. Election / re-election of Honorary Officers
7. Election / re-election of Committee Members
8. Any other business
Questions from the floor
Click below for reports and other items