Call for rethink of 200 homes plan

Thursday 29th August 2019 4:14 am

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CAMPAIGN to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has responded to a reserved matters application to “firm up” plans to build 200 houses on land at Milford Golf Club, by calling for the scheme to be re-assessed.

Waverley planners granted outline consent despite strong opposition in February.

CPRE has objected: “We consider that this site allocation and outline consent was driven by the mistaken acceptance of a need to meet Waverley’s housing target (now out of date) by allocation of any sustainable site (whether or not in the Green Belt) and that this site, development of which was facilitated by the inspector, was wrongly presumed by the then council to be sustainable.

“It seems to us that before a full consent is given pursuant to this application, it is incumbent on the council to re-assess this site for its suitability and sustainability and this must involve a consideration of the Local Plan as a whole especially as Waverley has yet to adopt Part 2.

“These matters could be affected by the challenge of the Local Plan Part 1 awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeal.”

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