Waverley Local Plan Part 2 - first consultation  

Please see our home page for latest on Waverley Local Plan Part 2. This includes information on the addtional sites Waverley BC are proposing for the Witley Parish area.    

 

 Spring 18 Update 

 In Autumn 2017 we published the results of our community survey on the possible housing site options for Witley Parish. Using this feedback, combined with further individual site analysis, the Witley Neighbourhood Plan (WNP) team had hoped to announce by early 2018 the housing sites shortlist for further consultation. Waverley Borough Council (BC) has already proposed one strategic site (Milford Golf Course) in their draft Local Plan Part 1 (LPP1) for 180 houses. In addition, the WNP process needed to propose sites for the further 300 houses that are required to be built in the Parish over the next 15 years. As the 25 site options were examined in more detail with reference to other key stakeholders including Natural England (NE) and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Board, an increasing number of obstacles were identified that have constrained the WNP’s ability to successfully shortlist housing sites. Please see further information the WNP Update March 2018 - full details on housing allocation constraints (This information is also included in the Spring 18 Parish Newsletter that is being delivered to every household in March).

 

On the basis of these active constraints and the risk of spending considerable public money without achieving a ratified Neighbourhood Plan the WNP team and Witley Parish Council have very reluctantly arrived at the decision to ask Waverley BC to complete the allocation of housing sites for our parish area as part of their Local Plan Part 2 consultation process.

 

The WNP team and Witley Parish Council still believe that having a neighbourhood plan will bring significant benefits for Witley Parish residents, even if allocation of proposed housing sites is formalised via Waverley Borough Council. We will continue to provide inputs to and formally respond on any public consultation from Waverley Borough Council through the LPP2 process.

 

As a reminder on the results of the WNP community survey please see information here WNP Possible Housing Development - Community Survey Results Sept 2017   The majority of the additional sites being proposed by Waverley BC for greenbelt removal in the LPP2 process were in the top 10 of most popular sites in the survey. However as an additional update Secretts, the 2nd most popular site in the WNP community survey, are continuing to promote their site directly with Waverley BC through the LPP2 process

 

 

2017 Activities 

In July 2017 we conducted two public exhibitions and a follow-up survey to obtain Witley Parish Community feedback on the potential development sites that could be included in the Witley Neighbourhood Plan. 

 The 25 site survey* was available at the WNP Housing Development exhibitions at Milford Village Hall on the 8th July and Chichester Hall Witley on the 12th July. The sites information pack and survey were also sent to our public email database and made available online at the WNP website. The public in Witley Parish community completed the surveys and delivered these back to our survey collection points by 31st July. The following survey results are based on the 462 completed survey responses received.

Please download the full survey results document here WNP Possible Housing Development - Community Survey Results Sept 2017  

 In summary:   

  • Most sites did not receive ratings from more than 30% of the survey respondents. However Secretts and Milford Golf Club sites were rated by 90% or more of the survey respondents. 
  • 7 sites, including Secretts (200 new homes), were endorsed as a good choice for new housing by 30% or more of the survey respondents. 
  • 4 sites including Milford Golf Club (180 new homes) and Tigbourne Farm (153) in Wormley, were considered a bad choice by 30% or more residents. 
  • 15 of the 24 sites received more “good choice” than “bad choice” ratings.

A wide range of concerns were expressed about the impact of building 380 new homes (please see our WNP home page on Waverley Borough Council consultation on increasing this to 480 houses). Key concerns were: 

  • Access roads and junctions that are already congested. 
  • Increased traffic on the Haslemere and Petworth roads, and on Combe Lane Witley and Station Road Milford. 
  • The need to enlarge the car parks at Milford and Witley railway stations. 
  • Loss of green space and woodlands and encroachment on to the Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

WNP Housing Development Survey Results 2017

 *Please note WNP2 has been withdrawn from the WNP process by the landowner

 

For your continued reference the info pack on all the possible sites has been updated to include any corrections received during the survey process and can be downloaded here WNP Possible Development Sites Info Pack Sept 2017  

The July 2017 Survey can be downloaded here WNP Proposed Development Sites Exhibition Survey July 2017  

    

Call for Sites Process  

The purpose of the Witley Neighbourhood Plan is to help ensure that future development is suitable for the Parish and meets the needs of the residents by identifying the facilities, services and infrastructure needed to meet the demands that new housing will make on our community.

Accordingly, the Witley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, which is undertaking work on the Neighbourhood Plan on behalf of Witley Parish Council, held a call for sites process in April - May this year. We asked local landowners within the Parish who have aspirations to develop their land to submit their proposals. This has  informed us of sites which are potentially available for development, enabling a database of potential sites to be developed during the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. The resulting list of sites may be used in evidence during the examination of the Plan. All sites will be considered in relation to a set of site selection criteria, which are being formulated, for possible inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan. The inclusion of your site on the database does not necessarily mean that its development will be supported by the community.

We looked for sites that could be developed for housing, retai, small businesses and community facilities. The results of this process will now be presented to the community for review in our July exhibtions as both Milford Village Hall and Chichester Hall in Witley.     

The feedback from the community on the exhibition content will contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan that will be published by the end of this year. The will be subject to approval by Witley Parish Council and Waverley Borough Council, plus the Parish residents in a referendum in 2018.  

 

DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT

The information collected in the information form will be used to assist in the preparation of the Witley Neighbourhood Plan and for no other purpose. By responding you are accepting that your response, and the information within it, will be made available to the public.