View of the Surrey Countryside
with Dunsfold Aerodrome
middle left of view.
This could be full of high density
housing if developers
get their way.
NO Dunsfold Aerodrome?
No Wings and Wheels
No Top Gear test track
Imagine this view full of housing, shops and 1000's upon 1000's of square feet of additional commercial space.
... and with two towers the height of Battersea Power Station.
Mr Punch aka Christopher Katkowski's, the QC working on behalf of Dunsfold Park whose work on planning inquiries is legendary. Point by point he attempts to dismantle counter arguments brought by the Rule 6 parties. The Rule 6 parties in the Dunsfold park inquiry are the Joint Parish Councils and Protect our Waverley (POW). Mr Kitkowski (nickname, KitKat) is aided by barrister Richard Turney.
The whole team of both the Appellants (DP) and Waveley Borough Council are constantly fueled by the need for coffee although their preference has been for the lovely stuff served up across the way at Waitrose rather that the rotten coffee at WBC.
This cartoon captures the absurdity of the leap of faith as the whole show is dragged over a cliff. The owners of the site, Trinity College Cambridge, along with our very own Waverley Borough Council are seeking to irrevocably change our countryside for ever. The knock-on effect on the capillary of surrounding country roads and villages will cause a thrombosis that no amount of imaginative presentation of evidence can disguise.
This unsustainable location at Dunsfold Airfield cannot be denied, however many times it has been said otherwise.
In the BBC Radio news coverage at the start of the inquiry on 18th July, Chris Britton from POW Campaign explains why we can't let Waverley Borough Council allow the dumping of a massive development in this hugely unsuitable place.
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs talks about why "we can't have large scale developments without the equivalent infrastructure"
PLAY CLIP IN THE LINK ABOVE
It's GOOD NEWS for all those fighting the silly plans by developers at Dunsfold Park
THE FIGHT CONTINUES
On March 8th 2017, the Secretary of State decided to CALL-IN the planning application for Dunsfold Aerodrome that had been recommended for approval by Waverley Borough Council in December.
The Secretary of State is particularly concerned about the location and sustainability of such a large scale development slap bang in the middle of one of the most beautiful rural areas; the Weald between the North and South Downs.
Waverley Council leader, Julia Potts says that she is "surprised" by the decision to Call-In - We are NOT. The Government clearly state in their recent White Paper on the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework)". . great weight should be attached to the value of suitable brownfield land within settlements for homes" and airfields are NOT brownfield sites WITHIN SETTLEMENTS with Dunsfold Aerodrome being particularly rural.
She stated that she is "surprised and disappointed by the decision" - Well Mrs Potts, how disappointed do you think the majority of the residents this side of the borough felt when you and your planning committee made the decision to grant approval? Helped along by swapping in a good dollop of Farnham'ites onto the Joint Planning Committee to help sway it!
Potts is now saying that it will be very expensive to fight this Secretary of State decision and that's going to cost us all heaps of cash. Well the simple answer Mrs Potts is for you and your cronies inc. Mary Foryszewski to step down. Time to stop feathering the nest at Dunsfold Park!
We hope that this is an indication that common sense may after all prevail but remember, this is one battle won in this particular war on a bunch of hard line developers and Waverley Borough Council.
CALL-IN by the Secretary of State
Following the odd recommendation by Waverley Borough Council to grant planning consent to Dunsfold Airport Ltd in December 2016. The 11 joint local parishes submitted a request to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government to Call-in the application for determination. This, on the basis of; Pre-determination (where a Local Planning Authority becomes in effect, a Co-Venturer with an Applicant, the independence of the planning Officers & Councillors is compromised), Pre-maturity, misrepresentation and important concerns raised by national bodies that were dismissed. Furthermore, a study by Surrey County Council as Highway Authority found that; "The development is not in a location where the need to travel and distances of travel can be minimised, and where the use of sustainable modes can be maximised, and would therefore be contrary to Core Planning Principle 17, point 11, para 34 of the NPPF and Waverley's saved Policy M1 from it's current Local Plan".
December 2016 | Council APPROVE New Town | but most don't want it
On the evening of Wednesday the 14th December 2016, Waverley Borough Council's Joint Planning Committee passed a resolution to give the go-ahead to the building of a new settlement at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
The Protect Our Waverley Campaign (POW) www.powcampaign.org have released the following statement:
"POW is obviously very disappointed that the Joint Planning Committee (JPC) voted the way it did, but we are not surprised. It was a close run thing at 10 for and 8 against and this shows there is far from unanimous support amongst councillors for this flawed application.
You can read a blow by blow account here: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/local-news/dunsfold-park-homes-plan-live-12322028
And watch the whole thing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHcLziYvgeI
(The meeting starts at 2.45: POW’s Bob Lees speaks at 3.51, followed immediately by the representatives of the 11 Parish Councils and then the Applicant.)
The Council has only just approved the Draft Local Plan, which relies heavily on the development of Dunsfold Aerodrome, and a number of councillors argued that this was a reason to approve the application. Waverley Borough Council should properly have listened to the voices of reason and deferred a decision until after the Draft Local Plan had been through its Examination in Public (EiP).
Nevertheless, we were prepared for such an outcome and, following legal advice, now have a very strong case that clearly demonstrates how the Council has acted unlawfully in their handling and consideration of this application. At this point POW will be pressing Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to “call in the application ” so that it can be, as one councillor put it last night, "forensically examined" in public and a proper and fully informed decision made.
The battle is far from over and last night was just the opening skirmish.
Be in no doubt; we are confident that we can overturn last night’s decision!”
Dunsfold Airfield | A Heritage asset that should not be destroyed
Read the CPRE DAMNING REPORT of Waverley Council's Draft Local Plan
Hascombe, Dunsfold and Bramley protest signage & other NEWS
In their infinite wisdom, YOUR Waverley served take-down Enforcement Notices on the residents and local campaign groups who opposed the HUGE Dunsfold Park Development. They called these signs and posters "advertisements" and that planning permission had not been sought.
Dunsfold Airport Ltd. and Rutland Group are hell bent on satisfying their masters and Dunsfold Park owners, Trinity College, Cambridge. Trinity College paid tens of millions of pounds more that the original purchase price (and real value) now to shoe-horn this unsuitable town development into this beautiful, rural part of Surrey.
As Waverley Borough Council said in their 2012 Core Strategy: "Dunsfold Park is not the Council's preferred location for accommodation housing growth." They also stated that Farnham was better suited due to it's better infrastructure. Farnham has also been shown to be the location where new homes are actually needed.
Following the failure of the previous planning application for a new Eco-town in 2007 and a rejected appeal in 2009, Rutland Group and Dunsfold Airport Ltd are at it again with a new proposal that looks very similar to the last.. . but one that will grow much larger over the coming years.
A New Town? | It will be massive, 71% the size of Cranleigh, 50% the size of Haslemere, 38% the size of Godalming and over seven times the size of each of the immediately neighbouring rural villages.
- Two enormous 100-foot high towers
- Homes up to 4 storeys high
- Dense urban areas with up to 40% more houses per acre than recommended in Waverley’s current policy
- A ‘town’ style layout with radial and ring roads and a town centre, rather than a linear village-style layout
The Guardian reported on a very similar out-of-town development at Cambourne in Cambridgeshire and the problems faced with a rural placed large settlement. CLICK HERE> TOYTOWN CAMBOURNE
...and taken from that article are these scary quotes from people actually living in that established "New Town" :
"It's a Wednesday morning in this 3,400 home settlement nine miles west of Cambridge. Save for the occasional hum of a bus, the roads (in the estate) are almost silent. Most human traffic is made up of lone mothers, quietly pushing their offspring to a shopping area dominated by a huge Morrisons. They embody a surprising fact about Cambourne: in 2009, it was revealed that it had the highest birthrate of anywhere in the UK – 24.1 births per 100 women, beating even India and Brazil."
"It's really boring here," speaks a typical Cambourne teenager. "There's not much to do for people my age. There's only two pubs." He gestures at one in the middle distance. "One's for old pissheads, and it's expensive, and the other one's too small." He tells me he moved here three years ago from the Arbury area of Cambridge, after pleading with his parents to stay put. "The buses aren't very good either. I've had to wait two hours for one. And the latest bus back from Cambridge is at 11pm. The cab fare's £30. So you can see why I don't get out much."
It will become the same sorry story for residents of Dunsfold Park New Town trying to get to Guildford or Cranleigh.
Should the massive Dunsfold Aerodrome plan go ahead, then don't be surprised when future, further developments are added and then... across the A281 into their so-called "buffer zone" where hundreds upon hundreds of acres are owned by them.
Watch superstores like Tesco appear with their associated fuel stations, they will be itching to take advantage of thousands of residents plonked in one area. A retail park and ancillary business' with large car parks along with still further heavy goods all adding to our ever burgeoning road system. Eventually all JOINING UP WITH CRANLEIGH making an even larger town.
URBANISATION | Time to wake up ?
Here's a thought for you....
Perhaps, we don't actually need any new houses built?
Building for buildings sake and because we are told we have to build. Think about it. Who comes? If you look at the positive comments on the Waverley planning site, it's from those currently living in other towns further and further away. For example, Woking, Hounslow and Feltham.
We would simply be building for those that would just like to re-locate. They say that they need to live near to where they work. Well Rutland Group/Dunsfold Park Ltd the simple answer is: STOP building more business units and Waverley STOP giving them permission.
Has written a pretty damning response to the Dunsfold Park planning application.
The Surrey Hills Board raise "Serious concern .. to the proposed settlement". Clive Smith goes on to state "The proposal therefore poses one of the greatest threats for some decades from a single development to the protected character and tranquillity of extensive parts of the Surrey Hills AONB. The remote location of the proposed settlement continues to be unsustainable as concluded by a Planning Inspector and Secretary of State in 2009. The proposed transportation measures, many of which were included in the previous proposal, make no material change since then and do not overcome the conflict now with the underlying principle of Government planning policy emphasised throughout the NPPF published in 2012 requiring development to be sustainable."
They build industrial units...
Including a HUGE warehouse capacity which smacks more of a distribution centre than productive industry.
Distribution centres create few jobs but do develop traffic, HGVs in particular.
Then they build houses to home the new employees
They are trying to destroy our countryside
The Developers stated in their "Statement of Community Involvement" that: "This low number of objections and majority of supportive comments at a well-attended public exhibition" (only 173!) "suggests that more residents in the area support new homes at Dunsfold Park than oppose".
This is simply not true. Most locals are completely opposed to any development.
It is suggested a new covenant to prohibit any further development on the land at Dunsfold Park and surrounding green belt for a period of 50 years be imposed from the highest level of authority.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The edge of the proposed development already abuts the AONB boundary and may indeed overlap if long outstanding plans to extend the AONB are implemented.
The area is beautiful!
Take a walk up Hascombe Hill and look at the amazing views across to the South Downs and then down into the weald below. Pick out the rural farms and houses and of course Dunsfold Aerodrome with the amazing Boeing 747 at the edge.
Wealthy developers do not care about this rural area.
They have made massive increases to the industrial space recently with planning applications that Waverley Borough Council keep approving. Making bigger business at Dunsfold Park does not help our rural communities. It instead causes a vicious circle of increasing business space, hiring people from far away who then want to live near to where they work and who could blame them.
Simply take a look at the positive comments from those who live out of the area and have been led to believe that there will be cheap housing for them at Dunsfold New Town.
The developers have already stated that the these flats and houses will be at "Market Rates".
Our Members of Parliment had this to say at the last Dunsfold Park application:
“A development of this size would have massive impact on the countryside, the roads and our infrastructure. Our villages simply cannot cope with the impact this would have. I would urge everyone to respond to Waverley Borough Council and let Jeremy [Hunt] and me know your views.
We can be contacted by letter at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA or by email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and that was in response to a smaller project. So the number of houses has increased, as has the traffic volume.
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