Last chance to have your say on the revised Local Plan – deadline 20th October

October 18, 2017

Waverley Local Plan Part 1 Consultation

Last chance to have your say on Waverley’s Local Plan!

Closing Date Friday 20th October

Members of the public are invited to make comments on the changes being put forward to Waverley’s Local Plan before the Inspector makes his final judgement. Whilst you can make your response online at http://consult.waverley.gov.uk/consult.ti/LPP1MainMods/consultationHome it is quite a complicated process. So you may prefer to use the following suggestions as a basis for a direct response by email to planningpolicy@waverley.gov.uk or by letter to Mr Graham Parrott, Planning Department, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR. 

Your response must be there by 5pm on Friday 20th October or it will not be counted.

Having looked at the proposed Main Modifications (MMs) to the submitted Waverley Local Plan Part 1, I/we don’t believe they make the plan sound for the following reasons:

  1. Dunsfold Aerodrome Strategic Site, policy SS7 (MM22); the changes do not make this a sound allocation as the sustainability of this site has still not been determined
  2. The Dunsfold Aerodrome design strategy, policy SS7A (MM23), does not represent a plan led approach with the council taking control and therefore is not fit for purpose and unsound.
  3. The increase in housing numbers is partly justified by the Inspector’s requirement for Waverley to take 50% of Woking’s unmet need (MM3), which is clearly unreasonable and makes the plan unsound.
  4. Waverley’s proposed allocation of these additional houses makes no sense and has not been properly justified, especially with regard to infrastructure and meeting local needs.  This is unsustainable and therefore the plan is unsound.

The documents being submitted to the Inspector by Waverley are all available online; http://consult.waverley.gov.uk/consult.ti/LPP1MainMods/consultationHome

For ease of reference, you will probably find the ‘tracked changes’ version easiest to read and a copy can be downloaded here: LPP1 Tracked Changes document PDF

You should note that your comments along with all others received will be forwarded directly to the Local Plan Inspector by Waverley BC, and he will judge if the changes make the Plan ‘sound’ and ‘legal’. There is no further opportunity for WBC to make any changes themselves.

4 Comments

  1. Reply
    Tania Whatley

    The traffic on on A281 will be gridlocked, it already is at peak times and i can’t even get out of my drive as I live in Birtley Rd plus the traffic fumes from stationary will be unhealthy to to local infant school and residents.

  2. Reply
    Christa Echtle

    I strongly oppose this scheme for the following reasons:
    – Sustainability of such a large new town has not been proven ,
    – There is no justification for choosing this site on logistical, economic, health, environmental, educational grounds,
    – This scheme is not plan lead,
    – It is entirely unreasonable to put 50% of the declared (and very likely unnecessary) housing need into one borough and on one site

  3. Reply
    T & G Bullivant

    We are at a loss to understand why Waverley Borough Council (WBC) seem to have accepted the Inspector’s requirement for WBC to take 50% of Woking’s need without any protest.
    In addition, as has been pointed out on numerous occasions, the Dunsfold Aerodrome Strategy is developer led, and little or no attempt has been made by WBC to justify the sustainability of the site, and its effect on the local road network, which in areas like Bramley and Shalford, is already at breaking point

  4. Reply
    Patrick Ford

    It is too early for the WBC Pre-submission Local Plan Part I para 5.24. to commit to building 2,600 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome before completing the infrastructure needs assessment described in para 5.23.

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