Crooksbury Hill from the hopfields, January 2014

Latest draft of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

Farnham Town Council has made the latest draft of the Neighbourhood Plan available on their web site. On page 16 you will find a map showing the proposed Built-up Area Boundary. With apologies for the quality of this image, we have produced a slight enlargement showing North West Farnham rather more clearly. You will see that the Built-up Area includes all of the Beavers Road Hopfields, the field behind Three Styles Road, and the Coxbridge Fields. Compare this with the previous map produced by Waverley, which excludes these areas. The proposed Neighbourhood Plan has clearly (in policy FNP9) included the Hopfields and Coxbridge as two of only five proposed greenfield sites in Farnham. This feels like a real betrayal by our Councillors; we don't expect sympathetic treatment from Waverley who simply want to find somewhere (anywhere) to build the number of houses they have been told to, but we had hoped that our local councillors might try to protect the historic character of their town. This is particularly galling for residents of North West Farnham since areas of South Farnham and the Bourne (where, coincidentally, all Councillors representing North West Farnham live) have been given protection.

The Draft neighbourhood Plan seems to have concluded that the relatively new housing areas of South Farnham or the Bourne have become of more historic/aesthetic worth than a rural landscape containing several old and historic footpaths including Potters gate (Saxon), the Pilgrims way between Winchester and Canterbury and the 6000 year old Harrow Way. It seems to have ignored the existing ‘Area of Strategic Visual Importance’ status for North West Farnham, whilst retaining and extending protections elsewhere in Farnham. It has completely ignored the obvious fact that the Hopfields are used extensively for dog walking and other recreation – when planning rules say that land of lesser environment and amenity value should be used first for building.

We should oppose this change with all means at our disposal. To do so you should complete the Neighbourhood Plan Survey by 15th December and in particular Question 25; Coxbridge farm and Crondall Lane sites are towards the end of the list. North West Farnham Residents’ Association (NWFRA) will put further information on its web site soon to suggest other responses, but at this stage we point out that Questions 46,48,52 and 53 relate to encouraging open spaces and infrastructure - though in our view not in ways that are likely to be effective.

Please also write to your local councillors (for Castle Ward) as follows:

Farnham Town Council, Councillors Paddy Blagden and Graham Parlett.

Waverley Borough Council, Councillors Paddy Blagden and Ian Sampson.

Surrey County Council, Councillor Pat Frost.

15 November 2014

"Objections" tab

You will notice that we have removed the red Objections tab from the top of the page, since the final date for objections to the Hopfields development proposal is long past. You can still find the page of advice to which it linked by clicking Here.

15 November 2014

Farnham Town Council have sent their response to Waverley

While it is good to see that they are objecting to Taylor Wimpey's proposal to build on the Hopfields (mainly on the grounds of unsuitability of the proposed SANGS) it is very disappointing that they say "a sensitively designed development could still allow the countryside to penetrate close to the built-up area of the town". That looks very much like capitulation. You can read the entire response by clicking Here.

07 November 2014

This web site is devoted to the interests of the residents of North West Farnham, an area extending (for the purposes of the Association) to the North from the Alton Road up to the Odiham Road, and to the West from Folly Hill as far as Dippenhall. Membership is open to everyone who lives in this area, and currently costs 2 per household per annum. Click Here to join.

We very much want to know what YOU would like to see on on this site. We urge you to Contact Us with your ideas.

You can either email the Chairman, or you can use the web form on the Contact Us page by clicking the link above. If you have any problem using this site please email our Support Department.

Please note that if your email is thought to be of general interest to the members of the Association it may be reproduced on this site. By sending an email you accept this possibility.

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Please also send us photographs of your area for inclusion on our Photos page by emailing them directly to photos@nwfarnham.org.uk. High resolution photographs (that is to say directly from the camera, but please not larger than 6MB) would be best; we can then process them appropriately.


The Association Committee currently comprises the following residents:

Chairman

Dr Penny Marriott

Treasurer

Mr Dennis Banks

Secretary

Mrs Julie Russ

Committee

Mr Stewart Edge
Mrs Harriet Ellis
Mr David King
Mr Graham Leach
Mr Keith Miller
Mr Tony Ostime
Mr Guy Stephens

Last updated: Saturday 15 November 2014

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