A roundup of some of the latest planning activities in our village:
Approval has been given to replace Homebase with 3 retail units plus 7 additional parking bays. In the past there have been restrictions on what they can sell in Sainsbury’s and Homebase. With the latest approval the conditions have been watered down. In our opinion, Sainsbury’s have frequently breached these conditions already (the addition of Timpson’s being an obvious one).
Condition 4: The range of goods sold in the development hereby approved shall be solely comparison goods unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Condition 7: No part of the total floor space of the store shall be used for separate concessions including key cuttings/shoe repair, hairdressers, banking, photo developing studios, opticians, dry cleaners or any other concession unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Planning application to build a part two storey, part single storey rear extension plus rear dormer roof extensions and sub-division of x 3 dwelling houses into seven flats (3 x 1 bedroom and 4 x 2 bedroom) with associated parking.
last month the Planning Officer refused permission for Thameswey to build 4 terraced houses on the land between the Co-op and the bungalow, however Thameswey have submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State. Thameswey is wholly owned by Woking Borough Council and they refuse to accept the decision of the local Planning Office.
Planning application to build a two storey detached dwelling (4 bedroom).
This is not the first planning application for this piece of land. The land belongs to a house on Bagshot Road. In fact the last application that was rejected is still pending a decision on an appeal.
Ref PLAN/2019/0521 and PLAN/2018/0736
For more details on these take a look around our website, and visit the WBC planning portal here.
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, and get a sneaky peek into everything this years Village Show has in store, then now you can. Click here to download this years bumper 8 page programme, packed with all the plans, activities, stalls and details that you need to know to make your afternoon a successful one. (Please note – this is a large file so it may take a few moments to download it)
If you haven’t already, then mark Saturday 20th July in your diary, as it’s the biggest event of the year, and you wouldn’t want to miss it!
We always run our free minibus to and from The Vyne so you don’t have to worry about any parking issues. Or why not walk down?! It’s only half a mile from the centre of the village, across Waterers Park.
Our eager team of volunteers are out there pounding the pavements to bring you the latest issue of your local magazine – myKnaphill. It’s a fantastic issue covering all the hot happenings this Summer, including the hottest of them all – the KNAPHILL VILLAGE SHOW of course!
So stand by your letterboxes! And if, for some strange reason, you don’t receive your copy through the post, or you’re outside our catchment area, then fear not, you can simply pick one up from many locations on the high street, or click here to visit our MAGAZINE page where you can download your copy now, or any of the previous back issues.
The AGM was held on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, at the Knaphill Baptist Church, High Street, Knaphill. John Butler, chair of the committee warmly welcomed everyone and then handed over to our speaker, Sarah Squire, who gave us a fascinating talk on the history and background of Squires garden centres.
Afterwards, we covered the official business:
Well we got in touch with Goldsworth Park Angling Club who manage the ponds, and who had put up the notices, to find out a little bit more. Here’s what they said:
On Wednesday 24th April we noted a sudden change in water colour from the normal brownish to a grey/brown and some fish mouthing the surface suggesting an oxygen problem.
The Environment Agency were contacted and were on site within the hour taking dissolved oxygen tests, which proved to be dangerously low at only 15%. At this point Thames Water were called out, aerator pumps were deployed and water samples taken.
It would appear that something nasty got into the pond through the drainage pipes.
Only a handful of small fish have died and the dissolved oxygen level, thanks to the pumps, is at a safer level. We are also given to understand Thames Water brought in camera crews to investigate all the drain pipes for possible sources.
A few days later Thames Water have confirmed that all is now ok and the problem has been solved, however under data protection they will not provide any further information, but to get back in touch if anything unusual happens again.
So, the answer is that we don’t know what was causing the problem, but that it seems to be better now. Fishing has recommenced, however perhaps dog owners might want to exercise caution over letting their dogs swim or drink from that pond for the time being, purely as a precaution.
Note: the site owners are Thames Water, and only pond number four (not ponds 1, 2 or 3) were affected.
The Knaphill Residents Association Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 8th May, and everyone is welcome to attend. Come to hear a talk from our guest speaker, Sarah Squire, owner of Squires garden centres, followed by a round up of the work we have carried out in the last year, as well as a review of the Village Show.
We encourage all residents to come along, and refreshments will be provided.
We are pleased to be able to share the list of Persons Nominated for the Borough Council Elections, which will take place on Thursday 2nd May, 2019. The KRA has no political bias so we will not comment on any candidates. The full list for the borough can be found here and the Knaphill nominations are shown below.
Once again, don’t forget to take your photographic ID along with you when you go to the polling booth, as you’ll need it to be able to cast your vote. Full information on this can be found at Woking Borough Council’s website, here.
Surrey Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey are teaming up to hold a series of public engagement events in every borough and district across the county.
The ‘Policing Your Community’ events are an opportunity for residents to come and speak to Surrey Police’s Temporary Chief Constable Gavin Stephens and Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro as well as hear from their local Borough Commander.
The Chief Constable will give an update on the current challenges for policing and future plans for the service in Surrey whilst local Borough Commanders will update on the policing priorities and community issues in your area.
This is your chance to ask questions, hear about, and comment on, the future of policing in Surrey including an outline of plans for the 100 extra officers, operational staff and Police Community Support Officers to come from additional council tax funding.
T/Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “We want to deliver the best possible policing service in Surrey and it is extremely important our residents are involved in understanding and shaping how we do this. These events are a great opportunity to get those conversations going and we really want to talk to as many people as possible so please do register for your local event and come along to see us.”
PCC David Munro said: “Residents regularly tell me how much they value policing in their local area and it is really important to me that we involve the Surrey public in our plans for the future through events like this. This year’s council tax increase has given Surrey Police the opportunity to employ an extra 100 officers and operational staff and I look forward to hearing the views of our local communities on the proposals for their deployment.”