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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URGENT CALL FOR FUNDS

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:

Thank-you!

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