• 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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It had long been argued by local residents and community groups that the basis of the West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment [SHMA] produced by consultants GL Hearn, whose modelling underpins much of the local authority arguments about the Objectively Assessed Need [OAN] of 695 houses per annum, was distorted by an assumption in the ONS population estimates that students who occupied the critical 20-24 year old cohort did not return home at the end of their courses but remained in the local community to swell future household formation and thus falsely ramp up apparent housing need. The arguments and analysis produced in Guildford by our local residents and community groups seem to have had an important impact on ONS thinking.

Towards the end of March 2018, the Office of National Statistics [ONS] released the latest Mid-year Population Estimates 2012-2016. Changes in methodology have had a significant impact on towns with universities. For example, the population estimates have been revised downwards by around 7,200 in Cambridge, 6,000 in Oxford, 4,000 in Bournemouth and by 2,300 in Exeter. In Guildford, this implies a reduction of approximately 1,200.

This may have fed through to the thinking of the local authority, who submitted a new OAN estimate to the inspector during last week's Examination in Public proceedings some 30% lower than that quoted in the West Surrey SHMA.

  • New Housing Development on Green Belt in Normandy?

    On Friday 24 August Guildford Borough Council [GBC] published its modified Local Plan in response to the challenges laid down by the Planning Inspector following the Examination in Public in June/July. Just before the Bank Holiday weekend - a good time to bury bad news, perhaps...

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  • Application to extend "affordable" housing development in Beech Lane

    The adjacent field to the 2016 "affordable" housing development is now subject of a planning application. Application 18/P/01591 is presented as an "Outline application for residential development for affordable housing with access via Hawthorn Close" at "Land south of, Beech Lane, Normandy, GU3 2JH."

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  • Wanborough Fields Update

    Following confirmation on July 17th, the Secretary of State, Surrey County Council, landowners in Wanborough Fields and Vantage Land have been served with notices and copies of the Article 4 Direction, with site notices displayed at five locations around Wanborough Fields.

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