One of the files in Taylor Wimpey’s planning application for White Dirt Farm was a ‘Statement of Community Involvement’. In it, Taylor Wimpey explain how the community has been consulted, that views have been incorporated into the plans, and as a result the design has evolved to address the community view.
Taylor Wimpey advise in their report that:
13% of the visitors to the consultation took the opportunity to oppose the plans
4% of comments said the views into the land should be preserved
5% were worried about the loss of the gap land
1% felt White Dirt Lane was unsuitable for cycle or foot paths
3% felt the development would worsen traffic in the surrounding roads
This is not the consultation I visited, nor the view I know the community has about the development. Many of you reading this will now realise why I posted a poll asking the exact same questions, but in a Yes – No – Don’t Know format. You will not be surprised to learn that this generated very different results, and this has been used to gather key data to challenge Taylor Wimpey’s ‘statement of community involvement’.
Along with the failure to consult with Horndean Parish Council, the general consultation quality and the two different plans of White Dirt Farm, Taylor Wimpey’s consultation has been a very substandard affair.
I have summarised this and the letter below is for the attention of the case officer asking him to support my view that the consultation was ineffective, and the application has no more weight than an application where consultation had not been carried out. If accepted this would be a serious embarrassment and a blow to Taylor Wimpey. Something like this could be the swinging point on a marginal application.
There are two files below. The Taylor Wimpey consultation report which has been submitted to EHDC and my letter raising my concerns.