0 Post a comment Friday, 21 December 2018 – Planning AN unelected government inspector has over-ruled the democratically-elected planning authority and express wishes of Farnham residents by allowing an appeal for almost 100 new homes in Folly Hill. Waverley Borough Council refused planning permission for 96 homes on fields south of Upper Old Park Lane in 2016, on a site occupying part of the medieval Farnham Old Park.More than 560 people objected to Catesby Estates Ltd and Bewley Homes plans.The developers refused to take no for an answer, however, and a public inquiry was held in 2017 after they appealed. A long wait ensued after the planning inspector delayed his ruling following the adoption of Waverley’s Local Plan and Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan – both of which exclude the site.But a further public inquiry was held last October – and to the great shock of objectors, inspector Philip J Asquith has announced he will allow Catesby and Bewley’s appeal.Explaining his decision, Mr Asquith pointed to a “significant shortfall” in Waverley’s delivery of housing against government targets, and specifically its ability to deliver enough housing to meet demand in the next five years.Mr Asquith stated: “I consider the council’s stance on a… Read full this story
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