Hascombe's idyllic village pond threatened by Waverley BC
Hascombe locals angered by Waverley Borough Council's plans to build two industrial units in the heart of one of Surrey's most idyllic villages
Waverley Borough Council is considering allowing two industrial units to be built in the heart of Hascombe, one of Surrey’s most idyllic villages.
Local residents are fighting to preserve the village, which attracts visitors from far and wide, and ensure it isn’t compromised by what they believe to be "wholly unnecessary and inappropriate development."
They are calling on anyone who knows Hascombe and values the unique quality of this Surrey village to object to the proposal.
The proposal will see units built on the village pond which is in a Conservation Area. It is believed this will have a seriously detrimental effect on the local environment and cause a major safety issue due to increased traffic and parking.
Hascombe, near Godalming, lies on the ancient Greensand Way and is frequented daily by countless ramblers, dog walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. It is bordered by centuries-old houses and is home to numerous species of wildlife, including Canada geese, bats, grey herons and newts.
The village is situated in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in a designated greenbelt. Previous residents include Winston Churchill, Chris Evans and Billie Piper.
“The pond is the jewel of our village and the proposed industrial units are totally inappropriate" says local Bruce.
"They would significantly diminish the beauty of this special place and the noise would spoil the tranquil oasis. We are also very concerned about increased traffic and the danger that would pose to leisure users, children and dogs on the narrow single track lane.”
Objections are made by accessing the planning section of the Waverley Borough Council website and commenting online on planning. Share your views below