Save Broom and Lees
... because the Green Belt matters

Broom and Lees is a large sports field on the north eastern side of Hurtmore Road in Godalming, Surrey.
It is owned by Charterhouse School.

Waverley Borough Council has repeatedly sought to protect the Green Belt status of this historic field,
which falls within an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV),
but Charterhouse is demanding that protection be set aside to make way for a housing estate.

This website was established to help provide information to local residents, and many other interested parties,
whose aim is to Save Broom and Lees.

Thank you for visiting this site.
The Save Broom and Lees Campaign look forward to your support over the coming months.
Please bookmark this page and revisit for updates.

Latest news from the Campaign, 25 Oct 2018
One of our Borough Ward Councillors has reported a very useful meeting with the Head of Planning to better understand Waverley’s current thinking about the proposed development at Broom and Lees.

In summary, Waverley is taking a very robust approach to the proposed application and continues to resist attacks on the Green Belt. B&L was not put forward for release during the recent consultations and the council has rejected much smaller householder applications on local Green Belt in the past.

The suggested ‘benefits’ of the development are not seen to be in the public interest and the site would represent over-development and poor design and out of keeping with its surroundings. Moreover, Godalming is meeting its requirement for housing and therefore no new proposals are required.

Editor’s note:
The size and scale of this development means that would almost certainly go to the Secretary of State and public enquiry, resulting in high costs and damaging reputational risk within the local community in which the school is embedded.

While Waverley’s stance is extremely pleasing – and warrants the community’s wholehearted support – it remains essential that the present campaign maintains its momentum.
See Planning Timeline 27 Oct 2018 re a letter sent to the school's governors.
See Planning Timeline 27 Oct 2018 for an update from Godalming Town Councillor Steve Cosser.

A Freedom of Information request (No. 1403981) was made to Waverley Borough Council in September 2018 relating to Broom and Lees. The Council responded on 23 October 2018 by releasing three previously unpublished documents: a pre-planning proposal from Savills (agents for Charterhouse) written on 3 Jul 2018; a draft site plan; a location plan. The last two documents appear to be the same as published either in the exhibition leaflet or as other site locations of the field.

Permission has been sought from Waverley (26 Oct 2018) to reproduce all three documents here.

They are now available in our Downloads section.

Some of the information contained within the written submission, such as names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers, has been redacted. So has commercially sensitive and confidential information. The redacted information is exempt from disclosure under S40 (Personal Data) of the Act (where disclosure may contravene the Data Protection Act 2018).

All remaining information is already available on Waverley's web site.

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