16th June 2015
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee member Martin Bamford attended the Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee meeting yesterday, to speak up for business in Cranleigh.
After welcoming the new Planning Committee on behalf of the new Chamber of Commerce committee and our members and saying we look forward to working with them on planning matters which are relevant to the local business community, Martin explained one of the goals of the Chamber was to provide appropriate increased accommodation for employment.
He spoke in support of a planning application for a new retail unit adjacent to 110 High Street, saying we support this application as it would create a valuable new retail unit at the heart of the village, contributing towards a thriving High Street environment.
Martin explained that retail space in the High Street is currently at a premium, so the addition of a new retail unit will improve supply which we expect to be met by growing demand in this recovering economic climate.
He also commented that the plans submitted will mean vehicles will no longer be crossing the High Street pavement, which is positive for the safety of shoppers and pedestrians.
The Cranleigh Parish Council Planning Committee discussed the application and agreed to put it forward to Waverley Borough Council with no objections.
They commented that parking in the village is at a premium and also had a concern about lighting behind the property, as there is a bin store area for residents of the flats above.
We look forward to representing the Cranleigh business community at future Planning Committee meetings and with other key stakeholders in the village.