Residents relaunch homes protest

By Farnham Herald in Planning

FOLLY Hill residents have relaunched a campaign against plans for 96 new homes on fields south of Upper Old Park Lane.

More than 560 people objected to Bewley Homes’s initial plans for 102 homes on the site last year, and the Upper Old Park Lane Residents’ Association has vowed to fight the developer’s amended application, which they warn could see the “beautiful Old Park destroyed”.

The campaign will begin with guided tours of the historic Farnham Old Park, in which the application site sits, this Sunday (June 18) - including a 1.2 mile family walk and a 4 mile adult walk, both leaving at 2pm from Upper Old Park Lane.

This will then be followed by a street party in Upper Old Park Lane from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, July 2, encouraging people to submit comments to the appeal inspector before the July 11 deadline.

The campaigners have also accused Bewley Homes of “riding roughshod” over the 89 per cent of people who voted for the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan in May, which excludes the site as a potential housing site.

As well as 96 new homes, Bewley’s scheme, submitted in partnership with landowner Catesby Estates, includes 38 ‘affordable’ dwellings, areas of open space, children’s play areas and a new mini-roundabout connecting the development to Folly Hill.

To view and comment on the application online, visit acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ and search for APP/R3650/W/17/3171409.

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