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Help protect Sayers Croft

Last year a planning application was made to build a housing estate on the boundary of Sayers Croft. We appealed to the local community and the users of the Centre to help us oppose this development. We had over 400 objections and the development was thrown out by the planning committee of Waverley Borough Council. The developer has now cynically submitted a new scheme, this time with fewer but much larger houses, some of which are 36 feet tall which will tower over Sayers Croft.

We are again asking for your help in opposing this insensitive development. If we have fewer objections than last time, the developer will claim that their new scheme is more popular. However, the same arguments against it hold sway – indeed in many cases the new scheme is worse in that the houses will be bigger and more expensive making future conflict with the centre even more likely.

Please give a few minutes of your time to register an objection. Please share this with family, friends and colleagues. Everyone can object – it doesn’t have to be just one person per household.

Help to protect Sayers Croft’s rural status for the benefit of generations to come.

You can object on line using this link:

or by emailing:

or by writing to:

Planning Services, Waverley Borough Council, The Burys, Godalming Surrey GU7 1HR.

Deadline: Friday 20th February

Our main objections are described below. Please feel free to cut & paste.


* Sayers Croft was built in 1940 and has a rich heritage including a Grade 2 Listed building. The whole site has been recommended by English Heritage to be designated a Conservation Area. Under the National Planning Policy Framework, developers and local authorities must consider the setting of Heritage assets

Economic Sustainability:

* Sayers Croft provides employment for over 40 people and provides homes for 27 local people in affordable accommodation. Its business relies solely on providing quality outdoor learning experiences for young people in a rural setting. The raison d’être of Sayers Croft is to provide quality outdoor learning experiences. The majority of children visiting Sayers Croft (around 15,000 per annum) are from inner city London and come to Sayers Croft for the rural setting – to get away from housing developments, traffic, concrete playgrounds – to experience nature in a way they never have had the opportunity to before

* At Sayers Croft there is often noise created by late-night discos, fire drills and alarms, drumming in the woods or simply the sound of 200 children having fun. It doesn’t take much imagination to foresee conflict between the new residents of million pound plus houses and the educational institution


* Natural England guidance states “Great crested newts, their breeding sites and resting places are protected by law. The law protects them throughout their lifecycle.” Developers and Local authorities have a legal duty to ensure that these animals, which have been found at Sayers Croft less than 50m from the development site, are not harmed. In this case the developers have not shown due diligence in conducting the necessary surveys. If the local authority were to pass this application without due diligence, they too would be negligent.


Objections must be lodged by 20th February



Thank you from David and everyone at Sayers Croft

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