• 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.

  • 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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