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We visited Walsingham.
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 Subjecting such a change renders our neighbourhood plan out of date, within four weeks of it being ‘made’ as they officially call it, ie.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 Waverley didn’t render our plan out of date by mistake.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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The exhibition also featured some of the sets and vehicles from the BBC series Dad’s Army, filmed nearby.
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.
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
Farnham Adult Learning Centre - New this year
THE HART AND FALKNER ROAD
The Giggiling Squid - New this year
Farnham Vineyard Church - New this year
LONGBRIDGE, BRIDGE SQUARE AND RED LION LANE
New Ashgate Gallery, Lower Church Lane, entrance from Waggon Yard car park
Hone’s Yard, Downing Street, next to Hone’s Greengrocers
PROPERTIES IN OUTLYING AREAS
MOOR PARK AND WAVERLEY
Water Meadow Walk – new this year
TALKS, PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Morris Dancers – Saturday
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.
You can join online by completing the application form below. Please set up a Standing Order for the relevant subscription, our bank details are:
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With effect from April 2017, we are holding our evening talks in St Joan’s Centre, on Tilford Road.
The Examination in Public of the Waverley Borough Council Local Plan took place over a six day period, starting on Tuesday 27 June, in the Council Chamber, the Burys, Godalming GU7 1HR.
The Inspector Jonathan Bore did not accept any diversion, cutting off those giving evidence if they wandered off topic. The most significant change is an increase in the number of houses that Waverley Borough Council are required to supply – from 519 to 590 dwellings per annum, including ‘taking’ 50% of Woking’s unmet housing need.
Waverley are now required to submit a bundle of documents clarifying and expanding upon the issues raised during the hearing. The hearing is over but the Examination continues. Waverley will be required to enter a further Public Consultation which is expected to start sometime in August, no date available yet.
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
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.
As announced at the Society’s AGM last month, The Farnham Society Planning Committee are seeking nominations for their Amenity Awards 2017.
Previously the nominees for the Awards have been selected by members of the Planning Committee, but this year it was decided to open up the opportunity to Society members and Farnham residents generally.
The purpose of the Awards is to encourage and stimulate architects, developers and contractors to undertake the highest level of design and workmanship in new buildings, and in preserving and improving existing ones.
If you have seen a building you like and feel it deserves an Amenity Award, do let us know.
It can be a contemporary new build, or an improvement/modernisation, in which case it should be sympathetic to the existing building and integrate well with its surroundings. We are looking for buildings which are well designed for their location, which fulfil their purpose and, ideally, are environmentally sustainable.
The building or scheme must be within the Farnham Town Council boundary, completed between June 2015 and August 2017, and be visible from an accessible route.
You can nominate a building or scheme via the from below. The closing date for nominations is Friday 25 August.
If you have any queries about submitting a nomination please contact the Secretary email@example.com