Crooksbury Hill from the hopfields, January 2014

There is a meeting of FARNHAM TOWN COUNCIL to be held on THURSDAY 23rd OCTOBER 2014, at 7.00PM, in the COUNCIL CHAMBER, SOUTH STREET, FARNHAM, SURREY GU9 7RN.

Among other things, this meeting is being asked to consider the latest Neighbourhood Plan papers. The Plan contains much detail but, unfortunately, it clearly supports green field development in Farnham on the assumption that Waverley’s Local Plan will require some such development.

NWFRA strongly objects to the inclusion of the Beavers Hop Fields as one of the development sites supported. In all previous consultations the NWFRA has requested that this be protected: indeed this Council received a formal petition with around 400 signatures at a meeting last year requesting that it become a Local Green Space (the criteria for which it closely matches). We have yet to see any justification for ignoring clear local opinion.

To make matters even worse the Town Council have in the last few days (letter copied as Annex 2 to Appendix E) responded to the Taylor Wimpey application on the HopFields – essentially saying that if SANGS were provided on site then the application would be acceptable. To do this before any consultation on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan is totally unacceptable.

Please attend this meeting if you can, to show your support for our campaign to protect the Hopfields and other greenfield sites in Farnham.

Traffic Protest, 17th October

The traffic protest got away to a good start at 8:30am on Friday. Many vehicles started from Three Styles Road (without, we hope, causing too much inconvenience to the residents) while others arrived at the bottom of Crondall Lane from many different parts of the town. The range of vehicles was surprising, ranging from a bicycle (!) through an electric G-Wiz, the expected saloons and four-wheel drives, and finally a tractor from Park Farm. It was particularly good to see a local farmer protesting against the intrusion of housing into the agricultural landscape.

One of our members counted 102 cars carrying Protest signs at the bottom of Crondall Lane and no doubt there were many more who hadn't been able to pick up a banner, so we are delighted with the turnout. Thanks to all those who took part.

Farnham didn't grind to a halt because many people, notified by the advance publicity, decided simply to cancel or delay their travel into the town. We thank them for demonstrating so clearly their understanding that another hundred or so cars at that place and at that time might have resulted in gridlock, in which they really didn't want to get stuck. Front page articles in the Farnham Herald on 10th October and 17th October plus publicity in the Surrey and Hants News ensured that the protest was widely known about, and a late start by Weydon School reduced traffic levels still further. The main point of today's action was of course to raise awareness of the threat to the town posed by the Hopfields development and the many other developments currently under consideration. In this we were greatly assisted by BBC Surrey, Eagle Radio and BBC Local TV who, together with the local press, have brought the situatuion to the attention of tens of thousands of people.

This action came about entirely as a result of ordinary members of NWFRA who spoke out at a recent public meeting. The Committee is absolutely delighted to find such passionate and engaged members within the organisation.

This has been only the first of many activities that will take place over the coming months. Watch this space.

Remember that the latest date for comments on the proposed Hopfields development is now 3rd November. If you haven't already written, please do it NOW!

Waverley Borough Council has extended the time during which you can comment on the proposal by Taylor Wimpey to build up to 120 dwellings on the Beavers Road Hopfields first from the 10th to the 17th of October, and now to the 3rd of November. Click here to go to the appropriate planning application and then choose the "Online Comment" button. There is a red tab at the top of this page marked "objections" which takes you to a page of advice on how to argue against to the Hopfields development plan. Further help can be found in a note sent to us by Penny Simmons, a local surveyor, which you can read Here.

If you are interested in the future of house building in Waverley then you will probably want to fill in the Waverley "Consultation on Potential Housing Scenarios" by clicking here. It has the same closing date of 17th October. The crucial point is to answer Question 13 giving Scenario 4 as your first choice (3,400 houses at Dunsfold) and leaving the other scenarios unranked.

Darren Miller has produced a survey of the use of the Hopfields. Please click here to fill it in and please encourage all your friends to do the same. It would be very useful to get as complete a view as possible of the current use of the area.

Finally, NWFRA member Charlie Davies has produced a short video featuring Margaret Bide (pictured left), whose family used to own and farm the hopfields, talking about their history and why she believes it is vital that they should not be covered in houses. It's well worth watching.

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.

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The Association Committee currently comprises the following residents:


Dr Penny Marriott


Mr Dennis Banks


Mrs Julie Russ


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

Last updated: Sunday 19th October 2014

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