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Waverley housing need target ‘overstated by 29 per cent’

Waverley housing need target ‘overstated by 29 per cent’

A new report commissioned by CPRE Surrey shows that the housing target of 590 houses per annum, 11,210 homes over the life of the emerging Local Plan to 2032, which is expected to be imposed on Waverley Borough Council as a result of the recent Planning Inspector’s Examination-in-Public, is overstated by at least 29%, equivalent to a total of 2,500 houses.

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2,600 houses at Dunsfold: CPRE writes to Communities Secretary

2,600 houses at Dunsfold:  CPRE writes to Communities Secretary

CPRE has written to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to call-in the application to build 2600 houses at Dunsfold.
Full text of CPRE’s letter follows…

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Waverley Council’s draft Local Plan ‘not fit for purpose’

Waverley Council’s draft Local Plan ‘not fit for purpose’

Waverley Borough Council’s draft Local Plan is “not fit for purpose”, according to CPRE Surrey, which has submitted its reasoned objections to the Draft Local Plan. CPRE Waverley Group Chairman Anthony Isaacs MBE said: “We have examined the Draft Local Plan thoroughly and have come to the conclusion that it is not fit for purpose.” The group gives six reasons for its damning indictment of the Draft Plan. Firstly, the Plan is based on out of date information which greatly exaggerates the Objectively Assessed Need for housing (OAN). CPRE thinks it should be around 400 new dwellings a year, not 519.

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CPRE takes aim at Waverley Council’s ‘flawed’ Local Plan

CPRE takes aim at Waverley Council’s ‘flawed’ Local Plan

Countryside campaigners have denounced Waverley Borough Council’s new draft Local Plan as “fundamentally flawed” and have warned that the Plan risks being declared “unsound” by the Planning Inspector as it relies on the inclusion of “unsustainable” development sites to meet its housebuilding targets. The local CPRE group says that the Plan, which was adopted by the Borough Council last week, has “many serious defects”. These include:
-insufficient weight given to countryside protection due to excessive and unrealistic housing numbers
-the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Areas of Great Landscape Value, the Green Belt, and important heritage assets, all put at risk
-inclusion of unsustainable development sites such as Dunsfold
-reliance on unspecified and uncosted infrastructure improvements for major development sites
-failure to give adequate weight to planning constraints, especially building on the Green Belt, contrary to clear Government Guidance.
-heavy reliance on a flawed consultation exercise

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Green Belt ‘not negotiable’

It was standing-room only at a public meeting in Dorking on Friday evening (25 Oct) organised by the local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The title for the meeting was “The Green Belt: Negotiable or not?” and the answer to that question from the overwhelming majority of those taking part in the debate was a resounding “No”! In his keynote speech, CPRE chief executive Shaun Spiers said that development pressures in Surrey are now so big that what Surrey needs is “sheer bloody-minded defence” of the Green Belt. “Once it is gone, it is gone forever.”

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