Published Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Waverley Borough Council has been informed that the Secretary of State has called in the application for planning permission at Dunsfold Park.
A Planning Inspector will hold a local inquiry and recommend to the Secretary of State the future of the application.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Julia Potts, said: “I’m very surprised and disappointed as calling in the Dunsfold Park application appears to go against current government policy and the recently published housing white paper. These encourage brownfield development and the creation of new settlements and garden villages. Dunsfold Park ticks all those boxes and provides significant benefits to the local community in terms of affordable housing, jobs and public space, as well as education and health facilities as part of a village centre.
“We have worked hard with the applicant to address the sustainability aspects of the application and secured a commitment from them to deliver significant improvements to the highways infrastructure, such as a high-quality bus service and improvements to existing foot/cycle links. The application also secures a significant financial developer contribution to make improvements to local and strategic infrastructure.
“We understand that the Secretary of State reserves the right to call in planning applications and the application will now have a further public hearing.
“Unfortunately, public inquiries are expensive and we will robustly defend our decision at a time where local government finances are severely challenged. This is really concerning.”
The date and location for the public inquiry has not been decided. This rests with the Planning Inspectorate.