• 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.

  • NAG submits response to Southern Pipeline consultation

    Normandy Action Group submitted its response to the Southern Pipeline corridor Option M & Q proposals as they affect land surrounding Flexford, Normandy and Wanborough. The response highlights that the consultants appear to have failed to take account of the local landscape designations of Area of Great Landscape Value [AGLV] and Site of Nature Conservation Importance [SNCI] in drawing the north and south boundaries of the Option M & Q corridor.

    Any pipeline laying towards the southern corridor boundary is likely to drive a wide swathe thorough the AGLV land that stretches north from the A31 down the northern slopes of the Hogs Back to Flexford Road; any pipeline laying towards the northern corridor boundary is likely to have a severe impact on the woodlands to the west of Normandy ward.

    The content of the response is available on the NAG web site

     
  • Housing proposal at Palm House Nurseries refused

    The planning application for six 2-bed houses [18/P00470] on the site of the former Palm House nurseries, that would result in the demolition of the existing horticultural building, has been refused.

    The officer report maintains that the "proposal would not constitute a sympathetic development but would result in the erosion of the agricultural and rural character of the site and surrounding area and would therefore fail to respect the established pattern of development within the area". 

     
  • Article 4 Direction compliance at Wanborough being tested

    Guildford Borough Council [GBC] has to decide whether to confirm the Article 4 Direction within 6 months of it first being served. A report is being drafted which, it is understood, is likely to propose continuation indefinitely. It will go before a planning committee meeting, probably at the end of June. The large number of representations sent by residents to Tim Dawes, Planning Development Manager at GBC has, it appears, ensured there will be a recommendation to continue.

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