ERA Editor: Although Alfold is further away from Effingham than stories we normally highlight, this latest partnership represents I feel a new front in the way developers are finding imaginative ways to promote large-scale developments. I’m therefore including it as information to be aware of. I think that with the possible exception of bodies like the National Trust, there can be few people or organisations with enough land for a few hundred houses or more, that developers will not consider as possible partners.
Plans for 375 houses and primary school in Alfold unveiled
Developer is planning to build on the 269-acre estate of Care Ashore and is planning a second consultation
Posted 17:29, 18 February 2015 by Georgina Townshend
More than 350 houses and a primary school could be built on the 269-acre estate of Alfold charity Care Ashore.
A developer says it will return for a second consultation after revealing its plans to build 375 homes, as well as infrastructure improvements, including a new sewage system, a primary school, village shop, and sports facilities.
The investment scheme is believed to be worth £10 million.
A spokesman for Care Ashore said: “Care Ashore together, with its development partner, Thakeham, is still gathering the views of the local community on proposals to upgrade the charity’s facilities and provide a number of community amenities by using part of its Springbok Estate in Alfold for a sensitive residential development.”
Care Ashore provides assistance to former servicemen of the merchant and Royal navies and fishing fleets, by way of sheltered housing with support and respite holidays
Financial pressures faced by the charity have resulted in a need to raise capital to secure its future and enable it to continue meeting its aims.
According to the charity, Care Ashore has faced government and local council funding reductions and many grant-making organisations no longer have the finances to provide the level of support previously made available.
The charity has enlisted the services of Thakeham to utilise some of its estate, enabling it to renew and expand the Care Ashore facilities and accommodation as well as provide a number of amenities for the wider community.
Full story and drawing here
ERA Editor: Alfold has been in the news before, facing multiple applications for large-scale developments. Campaigners against these plans described the village as “under siege”. The full story here is from 2013, so I hope things have improved for Alfold in the interim, though it seems they are now facing a new challenge.