HELP SAVE STURT FARM!
Sturt Farm in Haslemere dates back to the 12th century and holds a place in the hearts of many members of the local community. The farm has been enjoyed by many generations and is still much-loved today. There is a proposed development for 150 houses on the farm, which would see a precious area of Haslemere disappearing forever. As well as being a popular part of the town that would be sorely missed, there are many other important reasons why this area should be protected at all costs...
Sturt Farm provides a save haven for wildlife, both fauna and flora.
The farm is sited on an aquifer which provides a source of drinking water for Haslemere. For this reason, the area is in a ground water protection zone.
Sturt Farm is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV). It is also included within the Surrey Hills AONB policy.
Sturt Farm is one of only three special green areas in the town, which according to the Haslemere Design Statement "are effectively the green 'lungs' within the townscape of Haslemere". To lose one of these few special areas would be a great shame for the whole community.
A previous application to develop on this land has been turned down by the Secretary of State for the Environment. However, there are fears that permission could be granted on this occasion because of government pressure for new housing. We urge everyone to show their support by signing this petition. Once this land has gone, it will be gone forever.