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Dunsfold Park Planning Application - Public Inquiry

The Joint Parish Councils succeeded in our requests for the Secretary of State to call-in the planning application for 1800 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome (Dunsfold New Town). This means that he will decide whether planning permission is granted after a full Public Inquiry. We urgently need funds now for the forthcoming Public Inquiry, which is scheduled to start on 18th July.

As Rule 6 parties, POW and the Joint Parish Councils will be taking a leading role in the Public Inquiry to persuade a Planning Inspector and the Secretary of State that Dunsfold Park is the wrong place for the proposed development and this application should be refused. The Secretary of State’s decision will be final.

We will be the only Rule 6 parties arguing for the application to be refused, for which we have been advised we have a strong case and every chance of being successful.

In order to put up a robust case, we have appointed professionals to represent us:

A traffic consultant;

A planning consultant, and


None of these come without significant cost. The consultants have begun work preparing for the case, including our Statement of Case for the Public Inquiry but more funds are needed if they are to represent us at the Public Inquiry and the Local Plan Examination. The Statement of Case can be downloaded from www.alfold.org.

In addition to the Public Inquiry, our consultants have also prepared our response to the Planning Inspector’s Matters and Issues and will represent us at the forthcoming Examination in Public of Waverley’s Local Plan, which allocates 2600 houses to be built at Dunsfold Park.  Please visit www.alfold.org for updates.

To make a donation you may pay by cheque to Alfold Parish Council and post to Lock House Lodge, Knightons Lane, Dunsfold GU8 4NU, or pay via BACS to Alfold Parish Council, 30-94-41  01726933.

Hascombe Hill Car Park

Following a short period of closure, the Hascombe Estate have re-opened the Hascombe Hill Car Park until the end of  September. The parish council is hoping to negotiate with the Estate during the summer about access to the woods and to keep the car park open. More information will be posted here in due course.

Dunsfold Park Transport Assessment Review


A Report written by Vision Transport Planning for Eleven Parish Councils on Dunsfold Park’s Transport Assessment and vehicle trip forecasts concludes that

Proposals fail to meet national, regional and local policies in respect to sustainable development and transport

The site is not sustainable, in the wrong location and cannot be made accessible by the sustainable mitigation measures that are proposed

The development will be ‘car dependent’ and will result in a ‘severe’ impact on the wider highway network both in terms of capacity, congestion and road safety

Forecasts of the number of vehicle trips are not robust and are underestimated

Storage and Distribution Employment trip rates (B8 use) are greatly understated

Traffic impacts have not been compared appropriately

A281 corridor forecasts do not show the traffic impact or junction performance appropriately

The impact and traffic using rural roads and wider junction network is understated

Road safety issues have not been properly assessed

Mitigation measures are limited

Junction modelling should be revisited


Eleven Parish Councils within Waverley, Guildford, Horsham and Chichester Local Authorities, representing over 21,000 residents, joined to commission a review by Vision Transport Planning of the Transport Assessment dated December 2015 and other transport analyses which had been prepared for the applicants. The review report has been completed and will be submitted to Waverley and others for their consideration as part of their evaluation of the planning application and preparation of their Emerging Local Plan.  It is a technical report and has 38 pages plus appendices which give a critical assessment of the applicant’s Transport Assessment..


Transport Assessment Review

Press Release - further information

Dunsfold Park Planning Application

At its meeting in January, Hascombe Parish Council resolved to object to the recent Dunsfold Park planning application to create a new settlement. The parish council will submit its full written response to the application in due course.

In the meantime, the parish council has been working with other local parish councils across Waverley, Guildford and Chichester, and have just written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government requesting that he ‘call-in’ the Dunsfold park application. That letter and a press release issued today can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Joint Parish Councils letter to Secretary of State

Press Release 2.3.16

New Hascombe Community Facebook page

Tony Kerby has set up a new Hascombe Community Facebook page. The page will be a friendly ‘virtual’ notice board for Hascombe residents to broadcast messages quickly and widely amongst our community.

Dunsfold Aerodrome still not suitable for substantial housing development

This was the conclusion of an independent Strategic Transport Review commissioned by Hascombe Parish Council and seven other parish councils. The following press release has been issued today (3/3/15). The Review can be downloaded by clicking on this link: STRATEGIC TRANSPORT REVIEW

Joint Parish Councils’ Press  Release 2nd March  2015


An independent Strategic Transport Review (The Review) commissioned by eight Parish Councils has reported on transport assessments submitted to Waverley Borough Council by consultants on behalf of Dunsfold Airport Limited (DAL) and by Surrey County Council.  The Review has found that the assessments are flawed and that the impact of a substantial new housing development of up to 3400 new houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome is significantly understated. In 2009 the Secretary of State rejected a similar 2600-dwelling development on the Aerodrome on the grounds that the additional road traffic it would generate would have a ‘severe, unacceptable and unsustainable impact on an overstretched local road network’. The Review considers that the Secretary of State’s 2009 conclusion remains valid and reinforces the Parish Councils’ view that DAL have failed to show how building such a development on Dunsfold Aerodrome could be sustainable.

“The site is located in an area where there is a limited choice of transportation modes.  As a result, reliance upon the private car is considerably higher than the borough average,” said Alan Ground, spokesperson for the Joint Parish Councils. “In essence nothing has changed since the Secretary of State’s Decision in 2009. Putting traffic lights in Bramley whilst building 2000 or 3000  houses further down the A281 is not going to improve an already congested road and the idea that the Downs Link could be used as a bus route has no business case to support it.”

“Also little or no consideration has been given to the impact of the additional traffic needing to flow to the west to reach the railway stations at Milford, Witley, and Godalming and the A3 trunk road through miles of narrow country lanes some only single-track with passing places. The Joint Parish Councils will now submit this independent Review to Waverley Borough Council and trust that their own transport assessments will bear out the Review finding that on the currently available evidence Dunsfold Aerodrome is not a sustainable location for such  a development.

Note to editors

The Joint Parish Councils who commissioned the report are Alfold, Bramley, Busbridge, Chiddingfold,  Dunsfold,  Hambledon,  Hascombe &  Wonersh.

The Transport appraisal was conducted by Motion, transport planning consultants based in Guildford. Motion specialises in advising clients in the development sector on all matters concerning transportation, highways and traffic.


SAVING A LIFE – How to use the new Defibrillator

Thanks to funding from British Heart Foundation, a private donation and the Parish Council, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED, for short) has been installed in Hascombe near the post box on the south wall of The White Horse Pub which faces Nore Lane. It will be available for Hascombe residents to use if they are ever faced with someone who has gone into cardiac arrest, at any time of the day or night.

But if you were faced with trying to save a life of someone having a cardiac arrest, would you know what to do?

Tessa Weaver, St John Ambulance Community First Responder Team Leader, who has twice demonstrated the AED to Hascombe, and Godalming resident, Nikki Legg, set out to answer the questions they’ve been most frequently asked.

What does an AED actually do?

An AED analyses a patient’s heart rhythm and diagnoses whether a shock might be beneficial. If so it will charge up and fire an electric shock in order to allow the heart to restore an effective rhythm. For every minute without chest compressions and defibrillation the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by 10%.

Shouldn’t we be advertising the AED everywhere?

AEDs don’t need to be advertised. The first thing you should do in an emergency is dial 999. The operator knows where all the local AEDs are and will instruct you to fetch it when you call them.

I haven't been trained - can I still use the AED?

The beauty of the AED is that anyone can pick one up and begin using it: They are designed to be used safely by people with no training at all. The ambulance operator will talk you through chest compressions and how to use the AED and at the same time the AED will be telling you what to do.

Couldn’t I make somebody worse?

The machine can only give a shock if pads are correctly applied AND the machine has detected that the patient might benefit from the shock. If the patient will not benefit from a shock the machine will not charge up and will not deliver a shock.

For someone in cardiac arrest, if nothing is done the outlook is bleak. They are not breathing and their heart is no longer beating effectively. Defibrillation (along with chest compressions) is their only hope.

If I found someone in cardiac arrest, what would happen?

Firstly, you would dial 999 and call for an ambulance. The operator would ask you to do some checks; from this they will be able to tell if the patient is in cardiac arrest. If it is a cardiac arrest the operator will explain how to do chest compressions.

If you are alone they will ask you to shout for help and to carry on with chest compressions until somebody else arrives because, at this stage, it is crucial that the patient receives continuous chest compressions.

If you have a second helper then the operator would tell you where the nearest AED is and ask one of you to collect it while the other continues chest compressions. Opening the lid triggers the AED to begin talking to you. The operator will still be on the phone guiding you too. The AED will request that you place the pads on the person and the packaging shows you precisely where to apply them. The AED will then tell you not to touch the person whilst it measures the heart rhythm. If it finds the rhythm it’s looking for it will tell you to stand clear while it charges up. It may instruct you to press the flashing button in order to fire the shock. It will then ask you to continue chest compressions. You just follow these instructions until the ambulance arrives.

Any more questions? If so please email Charles Orange charlesorange@hotmail.com or Kevin Kingham kevin@pan-global-catering.co.uk

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