Waverley successful in stopping unwanted development in Farnham

Published Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Waverley Borough Council’s refusal of a planning application for a site in Hale Road, Farnham has been upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

The application to build 97 homes on land at the Farnham Park Hotel, Hale Road was refused by the council on 28 February 2017.

The Planning Inspectorate issued the Inspector’s decision on the 27 March 2018. The Inspector determined that the development would result in considerable harm to the character of the area and would be contrary to policies in both the Local Plan and Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.

In addition, the Planning Inspector also concluded that Waverley has a five year supply of housing and that it would be quite unreasonable not to accept the findings of the Local Plan Inspector on this.

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of the Council said: “I am delighted that the council has won this decision and that Waverley’s recently adopted Local Plan Part 1 is already having a positive effect.

“It is clear from this appeal that the adoption of the Local Plan and the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan, together with a five year supply and a process in place to deliver the required housing over the plan period, all contributed to this appeal being dismissed.

“This is an extremely important appeal decision for Waverley as it sends a very strong signal that any development in the borough needs to take account of the council’s planning policies.

“We hope this sends the message to applicants that Waverley has a plan-led approach to planning that does not involve ad-hoc development in the countryside.”

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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