• 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 - 105 houses threatened in next 5 years

  • 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.

  • Public consultation on the 'Main Modifications' to the Local Plan

    Public consultation on the 'Main Modifications' to the Local Plan, which include a proposed site, A64, for 105 houses on Green Belt in Normandy, closes at noon on Tuesday, 23 October. Here are the details of how to respond; at first sight it looks impenetrable but it is actually not. Visit the consultation homepage and you will see that you can respond in three ways:

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  • Considerations when responding to A64 site proposal

    A proposed major new housing development threatens the rural character of Normandy. Should you intend to comment on the proposal as part of the consultation you may wish to consider the following points:

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  • Proposed major new housing development threatens rural character of Normandy

    A proposed major new housing development threatens the rural character of Normandy. Have your say in the current public consultation (closing date 12 noon on 23 October).

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