• Our Normandy Village - Glaziers Lane

  • Our Normandy Village - land near Pussey\'s Copse with Ancient Woodland

  • Our Normandy Village - view to the Hog\'s Back and Surrey Hills AONB

  • Our Normandy Village - St Marks Church, Wyke, 15th c.

  • Our Normandy Village - winter sunset

  • Our Normandy Village - public view into Normandy from Hog\'s Back in Surrey Hills AONB

  • Our Normandy Village - Ancient Woodland vista

  • Our Normandy Village - Write to Fight

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Planning Inspector, Jonathan Bore, has been appointed for the Guildford Local Plan Examination in Public.  He also conducted the examination of the Mid Sussex and Waverley Local Plans. His report on the latter, is highly relevant.

The proposed 2018-19 budget and other financial plans will be discussed for recommendation at the Executive meeting on 23 January, for final discussion and approval by the Full Council on 7 February. This will include the council's investment strategy. It appears the western wards of the borough may be surprise recipients of council largesse. However, when looked at against the background of the submitted Guildford Local Plan sites there might be a hidden agenda.

GBC has revealed that it is working with sources of external joint funding such as the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Surrey County Council and Network Rail on key infrastructure projects such as

  • new Guildford West station in Park Barn
  • improving the A331/A31 Hogs Back road junction
  • new road bridge over the railway in Ash

These particular infrastructure projects appear to enable those parts of the Local Plan (before it has even been examined and approved by the Planning Inspectorate) to the west of the town concerning

  • the expansion of Surrey Science Park by University of Surrey
  • the proposed housing development by University of Surrey at Blackwell Farm and its associated secondary school
  • the need for rail service access to expanded University of Surrey accommodation on Manor Farm, the expanded Surrey Science Park and the new settlement with its school
  • the need to remove the traffic flow blockage of Ash level crossing on the A323 as more and more housing is pushed into Ash and Ash Green. 

The trajectory of the Guildford Local Plan was set in 2010 and it looks as if it hasn't changed much.

Much comment has been generated by the decision of the planning inspector [APP/Y3615/W/16/3161412] to approve on appeal a proposed £150 million scheme of Solum Regeneration [14/P/02168] to rebuild Guildford's railway station complex to include 438 new homes in high-rise blocks up to 10-storeys high, new office space and a multi-storey car park. Guildford Borough Council appear particularly disappointed. There have been suggestions that the council might consider initiating a formal Judicial Review of the inspector's decision.

Other groups such as GVG [Guildford Vision Group] and Guildford Society have consistently drawn attention to the potential impact on traffic flows in the town centre and views into and out of the town from the south-west being significantly affected by the mass and height of the proposals. More than 200 people objected to the plans during the public consultation period, as well as groups such as CPRE [Campaign to Protect Rural England], GRA [Guildford Residents' Association] and the Holy Trinity Amenity Group.

Local press reports indicate Guildford Borough Council [GBC] has entered into talks with the University of Surrey [UniS] in regard of the provision of student accommodation. According to the UniS Financial Statements in 2016/17, it is planning to invest £80 million in accommodation on its Manor Park campus over the next two years, to provide 1,150 rooms, but there appear to be budgetary constraints. The council's investment strategy outlines plans to invest an estimated £81 million in student housing by 2020-2021 and is to be presented for approval at the beginning of February. GBC is looking to make the investment over a three-year period.

This investment might lead to some reduction in the reported 1,700 properties in the Guildford urban area dedicated to student lets, releasing them for local families and essential workers, potentially reducing pressures generated in the submitted Guildford Local Plan to build a high proportion of new homes in the Green Belt.

  • Retrospective planning application for stabling & fencing on AGLV land at Wanborough

    Whilst the Article 4 Direction on the AGLV land at Wanborough is welcome, it has become evident it is less than permanent, apparently being in place for only 6 months.

    As a result of the council's action, a retrospective planning application [18/P/00044] has been submitted for Change of Use for Plot F "from Agricultural to Equestrian for the use of keeping horses for pleasure. Erection of 3 units of mobile field shelters/stables, gate and fencing", rather than agricultural land where only grazing is permitted. On observing the plot, a casual passer-by would find it hard not to conclude the "mobile field shelters" are permanent stable blocks. 

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  • Planning application for 30 dwellings at former Elms Gardens site refused

    The refusal of 17/P/02326 highlights four key issues for larger scale developments in the Glaziers Lane.

    • The bulk of the development is at odds with the openness of the Green Belt and represents inappropriate development
    • Lack of proof that "very special circumstances" exist for development in the Green Belt
    • In opposition to the ribbon form of development in the area
    • The requirement to mitigate the impact of development that falls within the 400m-5km zone of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area
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Thursday the 22nd - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template