Sweeters Reach, Off Loxwood Road & Chilton Close, Alfold, Surrey

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Application submitted

An Outline Planning Application has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council for determination (WA/2019/0745)

The application can be viewed at: http://planning360.waverley.gov.uk/planning/search-applications.

Neighbours and statutory consultees will be formally consulted by the Council directly in due course.

The site

Catesby Estates plc are promoting 14.99 acres of land east of Loxwood Road/Chilton Close in Alfold with potential for new homes including a policy compliant percentage of affordable housing. The site lies within the administrative area of Waverley Borough Council.

The site sits to the east of the recently approved CALA Homes development for 55 dwellings (ref nos. WA/2015/2261 and WA/2017/1250).  Vehicular access will be provided off the main access road of the approved 55 homes scheme by CALA Homes to the west of the site (ref nos. WA/2015/2261 and WA/2017/1250). The access off this road will promote high levels of permeability on-site and be designed with low vehicle speeds in mind resulting in safer social streets.

Masterplanning

Sweeters Reach, a new masterplanned neighbourhood for Alfold.  A sense of place will be created through the retention of existing site features including trees and hedgerows and the creation of distinctive areas of open space and habitats.

The illustrative masterplan provides a new vehicular access from the site under construction, open space provision including an ecological area and trim trail as well as sustainable urban drainage areas.

Built form comprises a mixture of smaller and family sized homes consisting of detached, semi-detached and terraced two storey properties as well as a small number of apartments. The planned density of individual development blocks will vary across the Site, responding to the character of the immediate context.

Development blocks will overlook areas of open space and promote a safe environment to enjoy walking and spending time outdoors enjoying nature.

Planning background

Waverley Borough Council adopted a new Local Plan in early 2018 which sets out a need to deliver at least 590 homes per year across the Borough. Whilst the majority of houses will be delivered in the larger settlements of Farnham, Godalming, Hazelmere and Cranleigh, a proportion will be delivered in villages such as Alfold (including Alfold Crossways).  The Local Plan requires Alfold to provide a minimum of 125 new homes over the Plan period. 

The application site has previously been assessed by Waverley Borough Council as potentially suitable for development, in addition the site has subsequently been considered in the evidence base for the Alfold Neighbourhood Plan, which found that the site may be suitable for allocation subject to resolving issues and mitigating identified constraints. Technical work undertaken by Catesby Estates on the site to date demonstrates the site is suitable for development and that potential technical issues can be resolved.

Waverley Borough Council is currently unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The housing land supply position in the Borough has worsened in part due to unforeseen delays in the progression of the second part of the Local Plan which is responsible for allocating sites for development, and delays in bringing forward the Dunsfold Park scheme. This results in an urgent need for delivery of homes in Waverley. Whilst some development has already been permitted in Alfold, the allocation is set as a minimum and the Local Plan recognises that those villages not within Surrey Hills AONB or Green Belt offer more scope for growth.  

The first phase of development to the east of Loxwood Road is currently being built out by CALA Homes. Proposed development at the application site represents a further logical and proportionate extension to the village, which would bring a range of benefits:

  • The proposals would provide much-needed housing for the Borough
  • New residents would assist in enhancing and maintaining the vitality of the community
  • The scheme would lead to sustainable growth in Alfold without causing harm to the landscape
  • The scheme would provide much needed Affordable Homes allowing those that currently cannot afford to buy or rent in Alfold to live in the community where they have existing connections
  • The inclusion of smaller dwellings provide housing would assist in first-time buyers getting on the property ladder
  • The scheme can provide betterment to drainage of nearby properties
  • The scheme could facilitate improvements to the available facilities, sustainability and accessibility of the settlement

Looking for a new home?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year. 

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

Alfold is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, and local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

  • Average price of a home in Alfold is £591,250 (Source: Rightmove)
  • More than double the UK average of £ £230,776 (Source: Land Registry)
  • House prices have risen by 31% in Alfold since 2013 (Source: Rightmove)
  • A first time buyer would need a deposit of £59,125 based on the current average house price in Alfold

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above.  We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Alfold.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.  30% of the new homes delivered at Sweeters Reach will be affordable housing and these homes will be delivered and managed by a registered affordable housing provider.

Application submitted

An Outline Planning Application has been submitted to Waverley Borough Council for determination (WA/2019/0745)

The application can be viewed at: http://planning360.waverley.gov.uk/planning/search-applications.

Neighbours and statutory consultees will be formally consulted by the Council directly in due course.

The site

Catesby Estates plc are promoting 14.99 acres of land east of Loxwood Road/Chilton Close in Alfold with potential for new homes including a policy compliant percentage of affordable housing. The site lies within the administrative area of Waverley Borough Council.

The site sits to the east of the recently approved CALA Homes development for 55 dwellings (ref nos. WA/2015/2261 and WA/2017/1250).  Vehicular access will be provided off the main access road of the approved 55 homes scheme by CALA Homes to the west of the site (ref nos. WA/2015/2261 and WA/2017/1250). The access off this road will promote high levels of permeability on-site and be designed with low vehicle speeds in mind resulting in safer social streets.

Masterplanning

Sweeters Reach, a new masterplanned neighbourhood for Alfold.  A sense of place will be created through the retention of existing site features including trees and hedgerows and the creation of distinctive areas of open space and habitats.

The illustrative masterplan provides a new vehicular access from the site under construction, open space provision including an ecological area and trim trail as well as sustainable urban drainage areas.

Built form comprises a mixture of smaller and family sized homes consisting of detached, semi-detached and terraced two storey properties as well as a small number of apartments. The planned density of individual development blocks will vary across the Site, responding to the character of the immediate context.

Development blocks will overlook areas of open space and promote a safe environment to enjoy walking and spending time outdoors enjoying nature.

Planning background

Waverley Borough Council adopted a new Local Plan in early 2018 which sets out a need to deliver at least 590 homes per year across the Borough. Whilst the majority of houses will be delivered in the larger settlements of Farnham, Godalming, Hazelmere and Cranleigh, a proportion will be delivered in villages such as Alfold (including Alfold Crossways).  The Local Plan requires Alfold to provide a minimum of 125 new homes over the Plan period. 

The application site has previously been assessed by Waverley Borough Council as potentially suitable for development, in addition the site has subsequently been considered in the evidence base for the Alfold Neighbourhood Plan, which found that the site may be suitable for allocation subject to resolving issues and mitigating identified constraints. Technical work undertaken by Catesby Estates on the site to date demonstrates the site is suitable for development and that potential technical issues can be resolved.

Waverley Borough Council is currently unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land, as required by the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The housing land supply position in the Borough has worsened in part due to unforeseen delays in the progression of the second part of the Local Plan which is responsible for allocating sites for development, and delays in bringing forward the Dunsfold Park scheme. This results in an urgent need for delivery of homes in Waverley. Whilst some development has already been permitted in Alfold, the allocation is set as a minimum and the Local Plan recognises that those villages not within Surrey Hills AONB or Green Belt offer more scope for growth.  

The first phase of development to the east of Loxwood Road is currently being built out by CALA Homes. Proposed development at the application site represents a further logical and proportionate extension to the village, which would bring a range of benefits:

  • The proposals would provide much-needed housing for the Borough
  • New residents would assist in enhancing and maintaining the vitality of the community
  • The scheme would lead to sustainable growth in Alfold without causing harm to the landscape
  • The scheme would provide much needed Affordable Homes allowing those that currently cannot afford to buy or rent in Alfold to live in the community where they have existing connections
  • The inclusion of smaller dwellings provide housing would assist in first-time buyers getting on the property ladder
  • The scheme can provide betterment to drainage of nearby properties
  • The scheme could facilitate improvements to the available facilities, sustainability and accessibility of the settlement

Looking for a new home?

The worsening of the UK housing crisis is well publicised, with the Government vowing to deliver 300,000 new homes every year. 

The pressure on the housing market is significant with the demand for homes outstripping supply.  An increase in life expectancy, single person occupancy and the demand for second homes being just some of the contributing factors.

Alfold is a highly desirable, but expensive place to live, and local people are struggling for the opportunity to get on the housing ladder and find a place they can call home.

  • Average price of a home in Alfold is £591,250 (Source: Rightmove)
  • More than double the UK average of £ £230,776 (Source: Land Registry)
  • House prices have risen by 31% in Alfold since 2013 (Source: Rightmove)
  • A first time buyer would need a deposit of £59,125 based on the current average house price in Alfold

Be the first to hear the latest news on our affordable homes by emailing us at info@catesbyestates.co.uk or filling in our HAVE YOUR SAY FORM above.  We are keen to hear from young professionals and key workers who are looking to get on the housing ladder in Alfold.

What is affordable housing?

Affordable housing is a combination of affordable rent and shared ownership housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market.  30% of the new homes delivered at Sweeters Reach will be affordable housing and these homes will be delivered and managed by a registered affordable housing provider.

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