The planning application submitted by English Rural Housing Association to build 17 affordable and market price homes at Orchard Farm is expected to be considered by Waverley Borough Council next month.
ERHA is seeking permission to build 12 affordable houses – which would comprise a mix of shared ownership and rental properties – and five open market houses on the site at Lane End between Wormley Lane and Petworth Road. The site is within the Green Belt and in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Waverley must decide if the site meets the criteria to be regarded as a “rural exception site”, a policy which allows for limited development on Green Belt land.
Although Hambledon Parish Council, which has consulted widely on the proposal, continues to support the provision of affordable housing in the village, it has been unable to support the ERHA application for the following reasons:
- The development is not small in scale;
- It is not certain that it would prioritise people with strong Hambledon connections;
- There are issues with drainage;
- Traffic dangers are inadequately addressed;
- The appropriateness of locating a development of this nature on this particular site;
- Management and responsibility for the Open Space.
Surrey County Council has also recommended that Waverley refuse the application, expressing concerns over drainage issues. The Surrey Hills Board and the Campaign to Protect Rural England are among other bodies and organisations objecting to the scheme.
Comments on the application, including those by local residents, can be found by following this link
A decision on the application will be made by Waverley Borough councillors. A target date of November 10th has been given, but this may not be met.