May 2017 Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

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

Waverley Borough Council now has to implement the Plan as part of its policy, though this is likely to be delayed as a Judicial Review has been brought by a consortium of developers.

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.

We attach a link to the May 2017 Farnham Neighbourhood Plan document   Click here to see Neighbourhood Plan


Visit to Sandhurst

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Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and St Michael’s Abbey Farnborough

Wednesday, 24th May 2017

We started with a morning visit to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst which is where all officers in the British Army are trained to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command. There was a guided tour of the Academy which will include coffee.

After a stop for lunch the visit continued to St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough.

Following the fall of the Second French Empire in 1870 Napoleon III, his wife Empress Eugenie and their son, the Prince Imperial, were exiled from France and took up residence in England. Following the death of first her husband and later her son the distraught Empress decided to found an abbey as a mausoleum for her family. All three now rest in granite sarcophagi, provided by Queen Victoria, in the Abbey church.

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AGM 2017

AGM Agenda

1. Apologies for absence.

2. Minutes of the 69th Annual General Meeting held on 3 May 2016

3. Chairman’s report

4. Adoption of draft accounts for financial year ending 31 March 2017

5. Committee reports

6. Election / re-election of Honorary Officers

7. Election / re-election of Committee Members

8. Confirmation of Inspector of Accounts

9. Any other business

Questions from the floor


DAMIEN BLOWER – architect, Stedman Blower

An architectural viewpoint on the East Street/Brightwells scheme

a scale model of the scheme will be on display

Agenda Item 6 Election / re-election of Honorary Officers

Chairman Alan Gavaghan Michael Blower Krish Kakkar
Vice-Chairman / Secretary Janet Radley Alan Gavaghan Simon Bradbury

John Cattell

Simon Bradbury

Michael Clements

Agenda item 7 Re-election of Committee Members

Simon Bradbury

Michael Clements

Gloria Dyche

David Howell

Krish Kakkar

John Slater

Roger Steel

Erica Wilkinson

Block proposal: Proposer: Alan Gavaghan Seconder: Janet Radley

Election of new Committee Member

Ian Soden       Proposer: David Howell Seconder: Alan Gavaghan

Visits and Tour Programme 2017

Our 2017 programme offers two single day visits and one short break.

May 2017:

Day visit to Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough.


Day visit to Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner; London Museum of Water and Steam, Kew.


Norfolk tour, 4 days,  3 nights.

Full details and application forms were circulated to members with our Spring 2017 newsletter. For further enquiries please use the form below.

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Coffee Morning April 2017

Our next coffee morning will be on Tuesday 25 April 2017, at The Watts Gallery, Compton GU3 1DQ. There will be a tour of George and Mary Watts’ house, Limnerlease, which has been acquired by the Watts Gallery Trust in recent years.

We will meet at 10:30 in the Old Kiln for coffee or tea and biscuits, the cost will be                £3 per person.

From 11:00 to 12:15  there will be a tour of Limnerslease House, the price for this will be £5.

Anyone wishing to stay longer to view the galleries can do so for the reduced rate of £4.75, payable on the day.

Contact Gloria Dyche for details on 01252 702449 or email gloriadyche@hotmail.com

Waverley Lane planning inquiry update


Waverley Lane, Farnham, Planning Inquiry Appeal Update

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, 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 letter notifying the latest delay advised that a decision would be issued on or before 15 June 2017.

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.



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