Monday, 15 March 2010
Town Council Meeting held on Thursday 11th March
John and I feeling quite jubilant after the meeting. The Town Council rejected the current planning application for the following reasons:
The proposal will:
(a) Result in the loss of a valuable heritage feature.
(b) Over develop the site.
In addition the proposed change of use runs contrary to the Hindhead Together Plan to make the Hindhead Cross Roads Area a tourist attraction.
The decision by the Town Council has given the Undershaw Preservation Trust a huge boost, inevitably we still have a long way to go and this is just the first hurdle.
Our next big stumbling block will be Waverley Borough Council, but with another article awaiting to be published in another national Newspaper and an article in the Surrey Advertiser next week we hope to overcome this. Our question to Waverley Borough Council is: "who has been responsible for the deterioration of this Grade II listed building - our national heritage - and if this application is passed; will it be Waverley Borough Council that has blood on their hands?" Surely the Conservation Officer would not wish to be tarred with this!
The Daily Mail article was certainly very well written by Robert Hardman and I thank him for such an excellent report. It is almost a plea to the nation. There was also a small snippet in the Daily Telegraph on the same day.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO OBJECT DIRECTLY TO WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL TO THE CURRENT PLANS FOR CONVERSION. THE HOUSE SHOULD NOT BE SPLIT INTO 3 SEPARATE DWELLINGS AND PUBLIC ACCESS SHOULD BE RETAINED TO THE HOUSE AND GARDENS. ITS CHARACTER AND CHARM SHOULD BE RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY TO HOUSE A LASTING TRIBUTE. YES TO ONE HOUSE, NO TO MANY!