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Optimised Infrastructure Plan

Farnham OIP

The Farnham Infrastructure Programme (FIP) was presented to the public in the form of a Vision Statement, and in 2020 the people of Farnham  were invited to comment.

On the strength of comments received the Programme has now moved on to the next phase, to develop an Optimised Infrastructure Plan (OIP) which starts identifying a Farnham-wide programme of solutions to the issues highlighted in the vision.

For a summary of the Infrastructure Plan click here

The OIP is now presented as a virtual exhibition,  and a survey has now been opened, to run until 14 March. To visit the virtual exhibition and take part in the survey click here.

For more information on the FIP click here.

Covid 19 cases in Waverley

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Keep track of the number of Covid-19 cases arising locally. This will give an indication of how relaxation of lockdown is affecting the spread of the disease in our area. Cases for Waverley are published by the UK government, see the website coronavirus.data.gov.uk  Data is updated on a daily basis. The method of counting cases has been changed on several occasions, most recently on 16 November. The chart of weekly cases shows figures adjusted to this latest method of counting cases.

Weekly Covid-19 cases 3 April

 

For the week ending Saturday 3 April, this amounts to 8 new cases in Waverley  per 100,000 head of population. For the whole of England, in the same week there were 37 new cases per 100,000. Historical data is listed below.

Date                      Total number of cases        % of population*

13 April                              5785                              4.58

12 April                              5785

12 April   Non essential shops open, dining outdoors permitted

11 April                              5781

10 April                              5781

9 April                                5780

9 April       Method of  reporting cases is revised

8 April                                5796

7 April                                5795

7 April       Moderna vaccine introduced

6 April                                5794

5 April                                5792

4 April                                5788

3 April                                5786

2 April                                5785

1 April                                5783

29  March                          5782

29 March      Outdoor meetings of up to 6 people allowed

28  March                          5781

27  March                          5777

26  March                          5772

25  March                          5770

24  March                          5761

23  March                          5760

22  March                          5756

21  March                          5750

20  March                          5749

19  March                          5748

18  March                          5742

17  March                          5739

16  March                          5735

15  March                          5732

14  March                          5730

13  March                          5726

12  March                          5725

11  March                          5722

10  March                          5722

9  March                            5718

8  March                            5714

8 March   Schools reopen

7  March                            5711

6  March                            5709

5  March                            5705

4  March                            5696

3  March                            5692

2  March                            5686

1  March                            5685

28 February                      5679

27 February                      5679

26 February                      5671

25 February                      5667

24 February                      5657

23 February                      5651

22 February                      5640

21 February                      5628

20 February                      5620

19 February                      5617

18 February                      5606

17 February                      5589

16 February                      5583

15 February                      5577

14 February                      5569

13 February                      5563

12 February                      5541

11 February                      5515

10 February                      5506

9  February                       5490

8  February                       5481

7  February                       5470

6  February                       5445

5  February                       5425

4  February                       5396

3  February                       5369

2  February                       5335

1  February                       5322

31 January                       5288

30 January                       5264

29 January                       5239

28 January                       5188

27 January                       5137

26 January                       5114

25 January                       5102

24 January                       5060

23 January                       5023

22 January                       4989

21 January                       4928

20 January                       4886

19 January                       4840

18 January                       4805

17 January                       4759

16 January                       4656

15 January                       4592

14 January                       4471

13 January                       4383

12 January                       4314

11 January                       4256

10 January                       4191

9 January                         4098

8 January                         3986

7 January                         3870

6 January                         3756

5 January                         3667

5 January    National lockdown imposed

4 January                         3515

4 January   Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine introduced

3 January                         3393

2 January                         3299

1 January                         3152

31 December                   3049

30 December                   2837

29 December                   2747

28 December                   2643

27 December                   2568

26 December                   2525

26 December   Waverley raised to Tier 4

25 December                   2439

24 December                   2375

23  December                  2310

22  December                  2271

21  December                  2220

20  December                  2175

19  December                  2095

18  December                  2045

17  December                  2008

Waverley remains in Tier 2

16  December                  1986

15  December                  1937

14  December                  1915

13  December                  1874

12  December                  1837

11  December                  1809

10  December                  1789

9  December                    1776

8  December                    1759

8 December     Vaccination programme starts

7  December                    1743

6  December                    1733

5  December                    1712

4  December                    1698

3  December                    1681

2 December  End of lockdown, Waverley placed in Tier 2

2  December                    1664

1  December                    1650

30  November                  1640

29  November                  1637

28  November                  1626

27  November                  1617

26  November                  1608

25  November                  1593

24  November                  1569

23  November                  1550

22  November                  1530

21  November                  1514

20  November                  1498

19  November                  1486

18  November                  1473

17  November                  1465

16  November                  1435

16   November  Change to method of counting cases 

15  November                  1548

14  November                  1524

13  November                  1508

12  November                  1486

11  November                  1445

10  November                  1411 7

9   November                   1400

8   November                   1368

7   November                   1350

6   November                   1334

5   November                   1312

5   November   Nationwide lockdown to last until 2 December

4   November                   1297

3   November                   1276

2   November                   1250

1   November                   1227

31 October                       1209

30 October                       1185

29 October                       1153

28 October                       1128

27 October                       1104

26 October                       1080

25 October                       1056

24 October                       1036

23 October                       1006

22 October                        988

21 October                        968

20 October                        947

19 October                        924

18 October                        906

17 October                        891

16 October                        857

15 October                        846

14 October                        820

13 October                        801

12 October                        774

11 October                        768

10 October                        755

9 October                          737

8 October                          717

7 October                          702

6 October                          681

5 October                          667

4 October                          651

3 October                          625

2 October                          620

1 October                          618

30 September                   614

29 September                   611

28 September                   603

27 September                   597

26 September                   593

25 September                   590

24 September                   579

23 September                   569

22 September                   564

21 September                   559

20 September                   558

19 September                   558

18 September                   556

17 September                   554

16 September                   554

15 September                   553

14 September                   550

14 September  Groups restricted to 6 people

13 September                   550

12 September                   550

11 September                   546

10 September                   543

9 September                     541

8 September                     535

7 September                     530

6 September                     527

5 September                     524

4 September                     523

3 September                     521

2 September                     520

1 September                     519

1 September  Schools reopen

31 August                          514

30 August                          504

29 August                          504

28 August                          501

27 August                          501

26 August                          498

25 August                          496

24 August                          493

23 August                          491

22 August                          491

21 August                          487

20 August                          484

19 August                          481

18 August                          480

17 August                          478

16 August                          476

15 August                          475

15 August  Casinos and indoor theatres reopen

14 August                          475

13 August                          473

12 August                          473

10 August                          472

09 August                          472

08 August                          472

07 August                          472

06 August                          472

05 August                          471

04 August                          471

03 August                          471

02 August                          471

01 August                          471

31 July                               471

30 July                               471

29 July                               469

28 July                               467

27 July                               466

26 July                               466

25 July                               465

25 July    Indoor gyms and pools reopen

24 July                               464

23 July                               463

22 July                               463

21 July                               463

20 July                               463

19 July                               462

18 July                               461

17 July                               457

16 July                               456

15 July                               456

14 July                               456

13 July                               456

13 July    Beauty salons reopen

12 July                               456

11 July                               456

11 July    Outdoor swimming pools, outdoor theatres reopen

10 July                               455

09 July                               454

08 July                               454

07 July                               454

06 July                               452

05 July                               452

04 July                               452

04 July    Pubs and hairdressers reopen

03 July                               452

02 July                               451

02 July    Revised method of counting cases

01 July                               308

30 June                              308

29 June                              308

28 June                              308

27 June                              308

26 June                              308

25 June                              308

24 June                              307

23 June                              307

22 June                              307

21 June                              307

20 June                              307

19 June                              307

18 June                              306

17 June                              306

16 June                              305

15 June                              305

15 June       Non essential shops open

14 June                              305

13  June                             305

13 June     Social bubbles for 2 households allowed

12 June                              305

11 June                              305

10 June                              304

9 June                                304                                         0.24

1 June        Schools reopen to selected years

13 May      Some businesses (including Garden centres) reopen

* The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimated the population of Waverley in mid 2019 as 126,328. On 18 October, the corresponding percentage figure for South East England was 0.62%, for London 0.8%.

Veolia Incinerator

Incinerator and A31

In mid 2020 Veolia applied for planning  consent to redevelop their recycling site beside the A31 near to Alton. Their aim is to build an incinerator for processing of waste.

Incinerator

Artists impression from Veolia planning application, view from north of A31

Details:

Application number 33619/007, submitted 26/05/2020
Development of an Energy Recovery Facility and Associated Infrastructure
Alton Materials Recovery Facility, A31, Alton GU34 4JD

The current recycling facility building is 15 metres high at its highest point. The proposed new facility comprises a building 40 metres high and more than 150 metres long, with chimneys 80 metres high. The facility would generate plumes of smoke visible from 10 km away.

Incinerator from Neatham Down

Artists impression from Neatham, south west of site\

Veolia have more recently submitted information in response to the three Regulation 25 Notices that Hampshire imposed last year. There are no meaningful changes. The deadline for comments was extended to Monday 15 February 2021.

The No Wey Incinerator Group is leading a challenge to the application, details can be found on their website, follow the link below.
https://www.noweyincinerator.com/

Any comments on the planning application should be made to Hampshire County Council
email planning@hants.gov.uk
Strategic Planning, Economy, Transport and Environment Department, Hampshire County Council, The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UD

Campaign to save Tice’s Meadow

Tices Meadow

Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve in Badshot Lea, a multi-award winning wildlife haven, is under threat.

This 136 acre site has been created over the last ten years from a former sand and gravel quarry.  Although quite new, this important reserve has many rare and endangered species thanks mainly to the Tice’s Meadow Restoration Group and the Bird Group. Part of the reserve is open to the public and accessed off Badshot Lea Road close to Aldershot.

It is an open green space that has been very important to so many local people during this difficult time of the Covid-19 pandemic. A regionally important wildlife haven, it is a site that protects many hundreds of local houses from flooding, and is a much-used community asset.

It is currently still owned by Hansons, who extracted the minerals. In November 2020 Hanson formally notified Waverley Borough Council of their intention to sell the site. This puts a question mark over its future.

The site is an Asset of Community Value (under the Localism Act 2011),  so community interest groups were able to register as a potential bidder, giving them until May 2021 to raise the funds for a bid. 

Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) have asked local councils and community groups to join in a coalition to save Tice’s Meadow. They have launched an online petition which has now passed 10,000 signatures. To add your signature go to: http://chng.it/nSsSvHcj

In an important development, TMBG has applied for a grant from Surrey County Council’s Your Fund scheme. If successful, the grant will be used to buy Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar arrangements) for the benefit of the local community. The first stage of the scheme involves gathering public support. A detailed business case will then have to be submitted in February.

You can support the campaign by “liking” the submission on the Your Fund Surrey website. Click here for a link to the page.

For more information about Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve visit their website: www.ticesmeadow.org

 

Waverley Local Plan Part 2

WBC LPP2

Waverley Borough Council (WBC) has announced a public consultation on Part 2 of the new Local Plan, and is inviting your comments.

You may recall that the Local Plan Part 1, dealing with Strategic Policies and Sites, was adopted by the Council on 20 February 2018.

Part 2 deals with Site Allocations and Development Management Policies. It contains policies that will be used when making decisions on planning applications. It also allocates additional sites for housing in parts of the Borough, reviews the boundaries of our town centres and local landscape designations, and allocates sites for gypsy and traveller accommodation.

Parts 1 and 2 together will replace the Waverley Borough Local Plan (2002). Local Plan

WBC is now conducting a consultation on Part 2 before it is submitted to the Secretary of State next year for examination. Comments from residents are invited before the closing date of Friday 29 January 2021.

Local Plan Part 2 and other submission documents, including the representation form, can be viewed and downloaded via the Council’s website at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2

Hard copies of the documents are available for viewing by appointment only at the Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR, telephone 01483 523333.

Waverley will make alternative arrangements for residents who cannot view the documents online, and cannot travel to Godalming during the current pandemic. Contact WBC on 01483 523333 to discuss alternative arrangements.

 

Surrey County Council Community Projects Fund

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Surrey County Council (SCC) has launched the Community Projects Fund.

SCC announced a Medium-Term Financial Strategy in 2020/21, which included a five year capital programme in excess of £1bn.

£100m of this sum is allocated to Your Fund Surrey, to support the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector. The fund is to help communities to deliver big, place-changing projects that local areas need and that will improve opportunities and quality of life for residents.

To be eligible, projects must fit with the aims of Surrey’s Community Vision, and must have the support of the local community.

The funding can be only used for Capital, one-off costs, not to cover ongoing running and maintenance costs.

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We now have the opportunity to propose projects in Farnham to take advantage of this funding.

Do you have ideas for projects which would benefit your local community? Sports facilities, a community centre, communal work space ?
Use this
link to access the SCC web page with more information:
https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/voluntary-community-and-faith-sector/funding/community-projects-fund

The web page contains advice on how to develop your idea, and you can plot your Ideas on the interactive Commonplace map, to enable people to comment and add further suggestions.

Projects that meet the criteria and prove that they will deliver a positive benefit for local people will be taken through an application process and the first funding will be administered in Spring 2021.

 

Shepherd and Flock conservation area

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Waverley Borough Council (WBC) has announced a proposal to create a Shepherd and Flock conservation area.

In the 1970s, the Shepherd and Flock roundabout was constructed, enclosing the Shepherd and Flock pub and surrounding houses, cutting them of from the rest of Farnham. WBC propose to designate the area thus enclosed as a conservation area.

Access to the area is by vehicle from the roundabout; on foot via a pedestrian underpass (both from the west); and from Moor Park Lane from the east.

In the late 19th century, the Shepherd and Flock pub stood at what was then the junction of the Farnham to Guildford road, and Moor Park Lane. The former ran from Farnham past Bourne Mill (as it still does), then east up onto the Hogs Back along the route of the Pilgrim’s Way. Moor Park Lane followed the River Wey south eastwards past Mother Ludlam’s Cave to Moor Park House. The lane was used as an access route from Waverley Abbey to Bourne Mill, in the days when it was a working mill.

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Moor Park estate extended from Moor Park House as far as the proposed conservation area. The 19th century gate lodge to the estate still stands, next to the bridge where the A31 now passes over Moor Park Lane.

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In 1897, the landowner tried to close the lane at that point. Farnham Town Council officials, supported by several hundred local people, forcibly opened the gates in what has become known as the Battle of Moor Park. The lane can still be followed as a public footpath.

As well as the pub and former gate lodge, the area contains two Garde II listed buildings,  and one Building of Local Merit.

Details of the proposed conservation area, along with its history and geography  can be found at:

www.waverley.gov.uk/shepherdandflockcaa

A public consultation runs from 2 October until 13 November.

 

 

 

August updates

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We take a look at what has been happening  in August, with regard to some of  the major  development works in progress or proposed, in and around Farnham.

 

 

Woolmead
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A quick update on activity (or lack of it) at the Woolmead site. Work has ceased while Berkeley Homes attempt to change their plans by removing underground car parking space – the local authorities are opposed to the change. Meanwhile steel sheet piling has been delivered from a site in Hull. Sheet piling is used to retain the earth when forming basements. The views reported to come from Berkeley are along the lines of ‘don’t expect anything to happen for up to a year.’ So far Berkeley Homes’ senior management haven’t communicated their intentions to Waverley Borough Council.

Folly Heights

Planning consent was granted for this large housing development at the top of Folly Hill, in spite of opposition from the local authorities and in spite of the site not being included in the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.Folly Heights roundabout August 2020

Construction has started, with works on the A287 to create access to the development, including a new roundabout. This is for a development of fewer than 100 new houses, yet no roundabout is planned for access to the proposed Coxbridge Farm development with more than 300 houses. Are the developers, CALA, intent on extending the development further to the west across Upper Old Park Lane, to add yet more new houses?

Rowledge

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There are proposals for an extra care retirement community in Holt Pound, Rowledge, comprising 121 homes plus communal facilities. For comparison, Hawthorn Lodge (the site of the former police station) has 50 apartments. The proposed development is on the eastern side of the A325, between Wrecclesham and Bird World, in what is now an open field used to graze horses. In the aerial photo above, the A325 is seen running across the top left, Fullers Road runs along the lower edge of the field.  East Hampshire District Council’s Land Availability Assessment, December 2018 has designated the land ‘undevelopable’ stating ‘Residential development would potentially have an adverse impact on the rural character of the area, and is disproportionate in size to the existing settlement. Lack of suitable public transport – particularly to the scarcity of an evening bus service – would lead to a substantial increase in private car use.
Of particular concern is the way the developers are using planning law. The proposal ls for Planning use C2 (Residential Institutions) which covers hospitals, nursing homes, boarding schools, residential colleges and training centres. C2 developments do not attract Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the benefit of the community, for example to upgrade the A325 nearby. The site being in Hampshire would mean that Waverley would not benefit from it in any way, despite the residents using facilities in Farnham and Rowledge.
If you feel that you would like to let the parish council know what you think, you can write to them at Binsted Parish Council, The Sports Pavilion, The Street, Binsted, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 4PB

or email either their Chairman, Ron Neil, at r.neil@binstedparishcouncil.org.uk).
or Susan Hodder clerk@binstedparishcouncil.org.uk

Covid 19 and air pollution

Air pollution

Martin Luther University of Germany has studied correlation between Covid 19 and air pollution. The research indicates that long term exposure to NO² may be one of the most important contributors to fatality from Coronavirus.

Click here for further information about research

Click here for abstract of scientific paper

Although there is no causal link shown between air pollution and Covid 19, it is to be expected that people who have had long term exposure to high levels of NO²  will suffer from respiratory damage which is directly linked to greater risk from the disease.

NO² concentrations in central Farnham (as recorded at the automatic monitor at The Royal Deer crossroads) have fallen by around 50% since the lockdown commenced and are now at a very acceptable level of 16 µg/m³. Interestingly however, the Particulate Matter PM₁₀ readings have so far not changed, pointing to the fact that Particulate Matter is mostly the result of factors other than traffic and for Farnham are at levels well below UK government objectives (20 µg/m³ in Farnham compared with 40 µg/m³ government guidelines).

The diffusion tube NO²monitoring system run by Waverley BC has had to be suspended for the time being because of the current crisis.

 

Referendum on Neighbourhood Plan

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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

https://www.farnham.gov.uk/services/neighbourhood-plan/neighbourhood-plan-referendum-2020

https://www.waverley.gov.uk/info/200138/elections/2216/farnham_neighbourhood_plan_2013-2032_referendum

alternatively you can click on the following links for the Reviewed Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

and for the appendices    Appendix 2 Housing Sites

                                      Appendix 3 Land for Business

                                      Appendix 4 Neighbourhood Centres

Please email 1secretary.fsoc@gmail.com 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

Neighbourhood Plan Update

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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 david.or@btinternet.com

We need to demonstrate to the Waverley, the Planning Inspectorate and particularly the developers that Farnham supports the Neighbourhood Plan.