VIVID Homes has held a second public exhibition to gauge public interest and opinion on its plans to construct up to 350 new homes at Coxbridge Farm.
And while the company says it has received positive feedback, residents are concerned by the number of new homes going up in Farnham – and the lack of infrastructure to go with them.
The exhibition, at the Garden Gallery at the Museum of Farnham, highlighted plans for the site just off the Coxbridge roundabout off West Street.
Alexandra Hull, 37, marketing director of Back to Front Exterior Design in West Street, said: “I’m very concerned. We see housing developments springing up everywhere, not just in Farnham, which is great, but what we don’t see are new schools, new roads, new infrastructure, new GP surgeries – and we badly need them."
“Our current infrastructure is at a breaking point,” she added.
Sue Parrot, 49, said: “There are an awful lot of cars already.
“I live in the Chantrys and it’s already sometimes difficult to get out. With 350 more houses, its just going to be even worse. Farnham is choc-a-bloc anyway."
Another resident, a father who didn’t wish to be named, said: “All those new houses so close to the town centre – Farnham seems to bear the brunt of everything at the moment. The infrastructure can’t cope as it is. The schools are oversubscribed. Weydon Academy, where my daughter goes, is oversubscribed. It’s ridiculous.”
An initial consultation event in December was held so VIVID could receive feedback and suggestions from residents, businesses and other stakeholder groups, as well as to present the direction of work and illustrated masterplans.
On Tuesday, the developer again outlined its latest plans for up to 350 new homes – 105 of which would be affordable housing – a new vehicular access to West Street, and new supporting infrastructure to the area, such as upgrades to the local highway network and accessible play areas for children.
VIVID hopes to submit an outline planning application to Waverley Borough Council later this year.
John Waterfield, land and planning manager for VIVID, said: “Assuming everything goes according to plan, and matters have been resolved, we’ll probably start about a year from now, and then we have about a three-and-a-half year delivery plan.”
Tracy Payne, town planner for consultancy WYG, said response to the plans had largely been positive.
“There are concerns, but at the early stages we try to address those.
“These sessions have been used to inform people of our approach and to gauge their ideas how the development could be shaped in the future.”
When asked what concerns residents have expressed, Tracy said: “There are always standard concerns that come about with all development – transport, traffic generation, drainage. But through the planning process we aim to satisfy those to the satisfaction of the council.”
Feedback can be left at wyg.com/consultations/coxbridge-farm until March 12.