Document Section Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Chapter 4: Housing: Delivering New Housing Delivering New Housing in Haslemere [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID /190
Respondent Gareth David [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Jul 2018
Current Status Accepted

As a resident of Old Haslemere Road for the past 28 years – and living within 200 yards of the entrance to Red Court – I am writing to express my deep concern and profound objection to the possible development of this site.

Such a development would not only destroy the tranquil and rural nature of this side of Haslemere, but would also generate unacceptable levels of traffic on inadequate roads and destroy a large area of land that enjoys the designation of being an Area of Great Landscape Value.

There are more than enough brownfield sites within the Haslemere area to accommodate new residential development, so it would be an unforgivable act of vandalism to allow the loss of precious woodland, such as this site.

Scotland Lane is already a dangerously narrow road in places, with a difficult access onto the A286 at its southern end, so any increase in traffic will make life even harder and more hazardous for those living in the vicinity.

Red Court itself is a Grade II listed building so, like Longdene House nearby, should be protected along with the ground in which it stands, not surrounded by a modern and totally unwarranted new residential development.

Sites such as this are awarded AONB/AGLV status because of value and character – in this case forming a natural and wooded southern edge to the town.

It would be an act of criminal folly to disregard the critical environmental status of this site for the short term gain of the opportunist developer who has so recently bought this site, with the sole objective of making a “fast buck” at the expense of all those who live nearby and who value the quality of this neighbourhood.