Wednesday 7 March – St Joan’s Centre. Keith Betton – Return of the Red Kite. Keith is County Recorder for birds in Hampshire and a council member of RSPB. He tells the story of the remarkable resurgence of this spectacular bird from near extinction in this country, illustrated by some of the most spectacular bird photography I have ever seen.
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. The model was displayed in the Long Kiln Room at the Maltings during the HODS festival in September, then at the Christmas Market in December.
The model will be displayed again at 40 Degreez, on 17 February.
Prof. Sophie Scott, neurologist and Duncan Wisbey, actor/impressionist – Speech and the Brain.
Prof Sophie Scott is giving the 2017 Christmas lectures at The Royal institution, titled ‘The language of life’, exploring how humans developed language, how laughter links us to our animal last, and the subtle cues we send out through facial expression, tone of voice and even smell.
Wednesday 14 November – St Thomas on the Bourne
Joanne Watson, retired BBC Sports Producer – title to be confirmed
There will be a presentation of The Farnham Society’s biennial Architecture and Design Awards (formerly known as Amenity Awards) in 2018. Date to be announced
Winners of the 2015 Awards were Daniel Hall, the Farnham Pottery, The Forge in Upper Church Lane and Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe.
The finalists for this year’s new Architecture & Design Awards are:
New Shortheath Road bus waiting room
Garage and workshop, Lawday Farm
Heron Court, Ford Lane
Medici Centre, Weydon School
Hawthorn Lodge, Long Bridge
Houses at Bourne Mill, Guildford Road
Oast House, 10 Green Lane
Residential development at 60/61 West Street
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.
Nominations were for a contemporary new build, or an improvement /modernisation, which should be sympathetic to the existing building and integrate well with its surroundings. The judges’ appraisal of the nominated buildings is based on good design for their location, whether they fulfil their purpose and, ideally are environmentally sustainable.
Waverley Borough Council is running a consultation on Community Infrastructure Levy.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy that councils can choose to charge on new developments to raise funds to provide infrastructure. The money raised could be used towards improvements to roads, schools, parks, playgrounds and other community facilities.
Earlier this year, as part of the preparation for the introduction of CIL, the Council consulted on a Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule, which set out a proposal for the developments that would be liable to pay CIL, and what the proposed charge would be. The Council has considered the responses made and updated its evidence base accordingly.
A consultation on the next version, the CIL Draft Charging Schedule, is running for a six week period from 15 December 2017 to11.59pm on 26 January 2018. Full details of how to get involved in this consultation are available on the website atwww.waverley.gov.uk/CIL.
You will be able to comment online, by email to email@example.com(preferably using the response form) or in writing to: CIL consultation, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR.
During the consultation you will also be able to view copies of the Draft Charging Schedule and other supporting documents at the Waverley Borough Council Offices in Godalming and at the locality offices and public libraries within the Borough.
Please note that representations will be publicly available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.
Waverley continue to load responses on to their website, only respondents names are available at the moment but everyone’s response will be viewable eventually. When the Planning Committee chairman checked on Wednesday 8 November there were in excess of 800 names or organisations listed. Rumour has it there are in excess of 900 responses. You can check to see whether your name is on the list by clicking on this link http://consult.waverley.govuk/consult.ti/LPP1MainMods/listrespondents
He understands that the responses are being printed and dispatched to the Inspector for him to read As soon as we have more information we will post it here.
There are many pressures on the use of land in Surrey – this includes the need for new homes and employment. The management of waste is also a pressure and it’s really important that we think carefully about how and where we want waste to be managed in the future.
If waste is managed well it is a resource that can be used to make things and to produce energy but, if it isn’t, it can impact negatively on our communities and environment. The Surrey Waste Local Plan will include a strategy and policies to ensure the benefits are maximised, and to minimise any negative impacts from waste management. It helps provide certainty for communities and developers, like waste management companies, about how and where the management of waste can take place. The current plan was adopted in 2008 so work is taking place to review and update it.
Last year SCC consulted on the issues and options and the responses received were used to prepare a draft of a new plan. Views are now sought on the draft plan, which includes potential sites and policies which will inform how Surrey County Council will make decisions on new waste management facilities between 2018 and 2033. This consultation is the main opportunity for you to influence the contents of the Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
A decision on the Waverley Lane, Lower Weybourne Lane and Monkton Lane appeals is to be made by The Secretary of State’s (SoS) office. The decision, expected in November 2017, was postponed in the light of legal proceedings.
In December 2016, a Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) was issued by the Minister for Housing, which supported the use Neighbourhood Plans in determining housing supply. This statement was challenged by a group of developers, and went to Judicial Review (JR). The challenge has now been dismissed, so the WMS stands.
The SoS decision on the three planning appeals will now be postponed until the inspection of the Waverley Local Plan has been completed. the decision is not now expected until 15 March 2018.
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.
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.
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.