• 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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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.

Solum Regeneration is a joint venture between Capital & Counties Properties plc [Capco] and Network Rail to explore redevelopment opportunities on and around significant railway sites in London; Capco acquired Kier Limited's share of the Solum Regeneration joint venture during May/June 2015. The original Network Rail development partner in Solum was Kier Property when Solum was set up in 2008. The portfolio of completed projects includes schemes at Epsom, Christchurch and Haywards Heath; active projects are at Walthamstow and Twickenham; other schemes in the pipeline include Kingswood Gateway at Lower Kingswood station, Bishop's Stortford goods yard and now Guildford station. The Twickenham, Bishop's Storford and Guildford existing projects will continue to be taken forward by Kier Property.

This activity chimes with the current Government drive to concentrate high density housing development around transport hubs where 'sustainable development' aims point toward reduced car commuting, increased walking and cycling, along with the potential for reduced air pollution and obviate the need for greenfield sites for new housing.

  • Local Plan EiP Ponders Additional Housing Sites

    NAG attended this hearing 3 July; we were not able to speak as there had been no prior warning of a site in Normandy/Flexford’s being up for discussion. In any event the Inspector made clear he would not allow a detailed discussion of the sites Guildford Borough Council [GBC] had put forward in response to his challenge to find ways of bringing forward house-building in the early years of the plan period; he simply wanted to be able to assess whether or not they would be effective in helping to deliver this objective. CPRE Surrey, who were able to speak, said there would be objections, no doubt, from the communities affected should these sites be included in the final plan. GBC had very little to say about the Normandy/Flexford site and even struggled to show the Inspector a map giving its location.

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  • Guildford Borough Council Executive votes to retain the Article 4 on Wanborough Fields indefinitely

    As residents in Wanborough had hoped, Guildford Borough Council’s Executive Committee voted at their meeting 17 July 2018 to confirm the Wanborough Fields Article 4 Direction. Eleven Wanborough residents attended the meeting to observe the vote.

    The report recommending confirmation states in clear terms the benefits of retaining the open landscape provided by Wanborough Fields.

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  • Barn Development at Wanborough Fields

    You will have seen work beginning on the barn being redeveloped for residential use, with the wooden barn frame dismantled to make way for the proposed parking spaces, although no decision has been published on the planning application [18/P/00765]. The plan is to construct three 5-bedroom dwellings within the envelope of the present concrete and steel barn.

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