Esso have run a consultation on the proposed route for their replacement aviation fuel pipeline that runs from Fawley Refinery near Southampton to its West London Terminal storage facility at Hounslow. The result has now been announced, click here to download. The preferred route avoids Farnham.
For the northern section of the pipeline. between Alton and Heathrow, the consultation considered three ‘corridors’:
Option J, adjacent to the existing pipeline which runs west of Farnham, south of Fleet;
Option M, travelling through Farnham town centre;
Option Q, that skirts south of Farnham through the Alice Holt Forest, Frensham, south of the Bourne Wood before turning north towards Moor Park Way and on towards the old A31.
The Farnham Society suggested that the new pipeline should be routed in the corridor adjacent to the existing pipeline (Option J). This route has now been put forward by Esso as the preferred route. Their analysis recognises the status of Farnham as a historic market town, also acknowledging traffic problems in the town.
Waverley Borough Council has run 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, ran for a six week period from 15 December 2017 to 26 January 2018.
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.
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.
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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.
William Heath Robinson (1872 – 1944) is an artist renowned for his cartoons of weird inventions. The Heath Robinson Museum, which recently moved to a new building in Pinner (north west London) explores this and other sides of his work.
Having trained as an artist, he sought to pursue landscape painting. However the need to earn a living led him to join his brothers Charles and Tom in a book illustration business. His output covered Shakespeare, contemporary writers such as Kipling, and children’s books, extending to high qulaity magzines such as Tatler. The humorous side of his work can be seen, for example in satirising GF Watts.
The First World War brought shortages which affected the publishing industry, and Heath Robinson focussed on his humorous cartoons, contributing to the war effort with bizarre ideas for battlefield tactics.
The museum opened in 2016, in a new building in Pinner Memorial Park, alongside the Georgian West House. Beyond the park is Pinner village, with 16th century buildings lining the mainstreet, which leads up to the 14th century church at the top.
The afternoon took us to the London Museum fo Water and Steam for a guided tour. The museum is located in the 19th century pumping station at Kew, on the north side of the Thames. The site dates from the 1830s, though its origins go back to the early 19th century and the need to supply water both for the canals and for the population of London.
A section on water supply traced the history back to the 16th century, with the use of wooden water pipes – elm was a favoured material. A water main was formed by boring a hole along the length of a tree trunk – hence the names ‘trunk’ and ‘branch’ for main and secondary service lines. Wooden pipes were superceded by iron piping during the 19th century.
The Kew pumping station housed a number of steam engines, together capable of pumping several million gallons per day. Diesel powered pumps were introduced during the 20th century, though the steam pumps were retained as a backup until WWII. Electric pumps were introduced post war.
Several of the steam engines have been restored.The museum also houses various engines brought in from other sites. One engine is run in steam each weekend – fuel costs prevent more frequent operation. On the day of our visit, it was the turn of the Easton and Amos engine. Built on 1863, it had operated at a waterworks in Northampton until 1930.
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‘Love and Time’ image courtesy of Heath Robinson Museum.
The purpose of the Awards is to ‘encourage and stimulate architects, developers and contractors to undertake the highest level of design and workmanship in preserving and improving existing buildings and in new buildings.’
Nominations will be judged on a selection of the following criteria:
Sympathetic to and integrates well with existing buildings
Designed for its location and fulfils its purpose
There will be three levels of achievement:
In 2015 The Farnham Society presented Amenity Awards to the following buildings or schemes for outstanding design.
Daniel Hall The Forge, Upper Church Lane (Plaque) (Highly Commended)
This year we are asking The Farnham Society members to nominate buildings or a scheme that they consider are worthy of one of these awards.
If you would like to nominate one building or scheme please do so, on the website, by returning the form that can be printed off the website – click here to download - or by completing the form which was included in AGM pack to the address below. Alternatively, complete the form at the bottom of this page.
The buildings or schemes must be within the Farnham Town Council boundary, completed between June 2015 and August 2017 and be visible from an accessible road, footpath or space. One nomination per person
The deadline for nominations is Friday 25 August 2017
Award certificates and plaques will be presented at the 2018 AGM
The Planning Committee have, in discussion, proposed for example, the following two for the shortlist:
Medici Building at Weydon School Housing development on Guildford Road
Postal address for nominations The Farnham Society c/o 13 Lickfolds Road, Rowledge, Farnham, GU10 4AF
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.
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.
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.