Dunsfold New Town – Hambledon needs to act now

Dunsfold New Town – Hambledon needs to act now

This is possibly the most important issue facing Hambledon residents.  The Government’s Housing Paper headline of “the right homes in the right places”  has been ignored in the granting of planning permission for 1800+ homes at Dunsfold – without any road or rail infrastructure to cope with the resulting increase in population.    Not least of the issues, our roads can not sustain the increase of 1000’s of commuters travelling to Witley and Milford stations and to the A3.   It will have an overwhelming impact upon Hambledon and surrounding villages on these routes.    So residents have more to lose should these homes be built.  

IMG_5369As you may know, Waverley Borough Council’s Planning decision to approve the development has been referred to the Secretary of State for consideration.  Likewise WBC’s Local Plan is also being reviewed by a Planning Inspector.   The combined local Parishes and the Protect our Waverley Campaign (POW) are the official invited parties to put forward the case to the Secretary of State that the Dunsfold aerodrome is the wrong place for such development.  Redevelopment at the aerodrome is not a done deal and there is a good case to present in rejecting the planning approval AND the local plan – but it needs professional representation.  I am confident that POW and the Parishes have a professional team in place and are our best option for defeating the impending redevelopment.   This is imminent and the Joint Parish Councils and POW have issued a “call for funds” document (below) , and an appeal to residents to support this most important matter.

Paul Osborne, Hydestile

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POW and the Joint Parish Councils succeeded in our requests for the Secretary of State to call-in the planning application for 1800 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome (Dunsfold New Town). This means that he will decide whether planning permission is granted after a full Public Inquiry. We now urgently need funds for the forthcoming Public Inquiry, which is scheduled to start on 18th July

As Rule 6 parties, POW and the Joint Parish Councils will be taking a leading role in the Public Inquiry to persuade a Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State that Dunsfold Park is the wrong place for the proposed development and this application should be refused. The Secretary of State’s decision will be final.

We will be the only Rule 6 parties arguing for the application to be refused, for which we have been advised we have a strong case and every chance of being successful.

In order to put up a robust case, we will need professional help to represent us:

    • A traffic consultant;
    • A planning consultant, and
    • A QC

None of these come without significant cost. There is much work to be done and appointments must be made now; we need funds to enable this. We will be running fund-raising events in the next few weeks and we hope you’ll support us generously.

In addition, any donation you can make now would be very gratefully received:


Are Your Sheds Secured?

NHW-Roundel-1Early on Easter Monday morning thieves jemmied the lock on one of Mary Caroe’s sheds at Vann and made off with all her tools. There has also been a spate of shed and garage break ins recently in Chiddingfold and the theft of a tractor from a Hambledon property.

Lane End Closure Update – IT’S OPEN!

UPDATE 2:00pm Wednesday: The road has now been fully reopened.

UPDATE 12:00pm Wednesday: They’re working on repairing the surface at the moment. The road should reopen later today.

UPDATE 12:00pm Tuesday: Lane End still closed, the leak has been repaired but the road surface needs reinstating.


As of 9pm Monday Lane End is still closed in both directions, so expect some disruption on Tuesday.

The good news is there seems to be a lot less water about. Sorry, John Tid, your free irrigation is over.

Easter Monday Emergency Road Closure at Lane End

Owing to a burst water main Lane End has been closed in both directions.

The road remains open to cyclists and pedestrians, but vehicles entering Hambledon from the A283 are being diverted via Milford and vehicles coming through Hambledon heading towards the A283 are being diverted down The Cricket Green, past the shop and along Vann Lane.

There is currently no indication as to how long the road closure will be in place.

The shop is open as normal (until 4pm).





Help preserve Dunsfold Aerodrome

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 14.34.13Dunsfold Airfield has been nominated for designation as a Conservation Area.  Local Planning Authorities are obliged to designate as conservation areas any parts of their own area that are of special architectural or historic interest, the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance. Waverley Borough Council Planning Department are considering an application for Dunsfold Aerodrome now and there is a consultation process concluding on April 28th 2017. If you want to support the designation then now is the time to make comments about what Dunsfold means to you via WBC’s simple online questionnaire here.

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The original application for designation was made by Dunsfold Airfield History Society  (DAHS)  in parallel with Historic England‘s proposals for Listed status on upto 10 buildings and structures on the airfield.   The history society has launched a new website this week:

New community venture -The Garden House

We would like to update you on progress at The Garden House in Hydestile.  We have been developing the project for around 4 years and the estate is now looking very different.  For those of you who pass by on Hambledon Road, you may have noticed a large pond and new planting.  We are now better placed to spread the word about the project and would like to let people know what it is that we are doing.   We would like to invite you to think about how The Garden House estate can be used by either you or people that you may know who could benefit from the resource that we are creating.Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 13.06.22 Continue reading

St Peter’s Services Coming Up

Just a reminder that there are some differences in our services at Hambledon Church over the next couple of Sundays…

This Sunday – 2nd April – there is no 9.00am service. We have our All Age family service at 10.30am and then a special choral Evensong service at 3.30pm to mark the beginning of Passiontide; that time in the Church calendar where we begin to focus of the events leading up to that first Easter.

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The following Sunday – 9th April – is Palm Sunday. There will be only one combined service at 10.00am, followed by a walk down to Village Shop. Do join us.

Palm Sunday Hambledon


Hambledon Gets Busy


It’s that time of year when Village activities come along thick and fast. To help you keep track, the Village web site maintains an up to date calendar. On the right hand side of the Home page is a list of the closest upcoming events, to see the whole calendar, click on the “Calendar” tab in the menu at the top of the page. Once you’ve accessed the full calendar there’s also an option to subscribe to the calendar, this will create a copy of the village calendar on your own computer or mobile device.

If you know of an event that is missing from the Calendar, please let the web team know.

Some events of particular note coming up soon:

Saturday 16th April – Hambledon Cricket Club kick off their season with a friendly match at home against Grayswood

Thursday 20th April – Hambledon Peddlars first ride of the season (meet at The Village Hall at 6pm)

Thursday 27th April – The Annual Parish Assembly (at the Village Hall, doors open 7:30pm)

Saturday 29th April – Hambledon Village Clean Up followed by BBQ at the Shop

Monday 1st May – Morris dancing at dawn on Hydon’s Ball followed by breakfast at The Harriers

Saturday 13th May – Hambledon Village Hall Spring Quiz