Planning Inspector approves Common Land de-registration of Wey Hill Fairground Car Park

Published Monday, 4 February 2019

A Planning Inspector has made the decision to allow de-registration of the Common Land known as the Wey Hill Fairground Car Park.

In his report, the Inspector, Barney Grimshaw, said that de-registering the Common Land, which is owned by Waverley Borough Council, would have: “little adverse effect on the interests of the neighbourhood” and that it was “unlikely members of the public would choose to use the land for the purpose of air and exercise.” He also acknowledged Natural England’s comment that the site does not have biodiversity or landscape value. This decision means that the council can carry out works to the Haslemere site, which is in poor condition and is currently used as a free and unlined car park.

Councillor Andrew Bolton, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Waverley Borough Council, said: “I am delighted to hear the Planning Inspector has reached this conclusion. This decision will enable the council to address the immediate maintenance and management issues of the site.

“There have been many complaints about how the site is used, including concerns that commuters drive in from outside of the borough and take up free spaces, preventing local people from parking when visiting the nearby amenities – as well as concerns the site is unkempt, has too many potholes and is unattractive.

“In the short term we hope to resurface and line the car park and put in long stay parking charges to ensure the car park is used more fairly.”

The council will now employ contractors to carry out site investigation works to better understand the conditions of the land, which will help us to finalise specifications for the re-surfacing works.

As part of the Common Land de-registration process, nearby replacement Common Land has been identified at Sun Brow Wood.

Councillor Bolton added: “We will begin to work on an action plan to open up the replacement land, ensuring we improve public access whilst protecting the natural environment.”

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