• 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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CPRE’s annual State of the Green Belt report highlights that there are currently 460,000 homes being planned to be built on land that will soon be released from the Green Belt. Moving Green Belt boundaries when reviewing local plans makes it easier for local authorities to release land for housing, but is only supposed to take place under ‘exceptional circumstances’. This strategic shrinking of the Green Belt, as a way of getting around its protected status, is as harmful as building on the Green Belt itself.

An individual with considerable software skills in the development of on-line maps has been hard at work again. Dan Cookson has produced another excellent on-line map showing the location of housing developments over the last 10 years across England. The on-line map enables the visitor to move around and zoom in to a low level in their preferred area to reveal what has been built where.

The government expects to issue its revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) by the end of July, to coincide with Parliament's summer recess, despite having had to consider an overwhelming response to this spring's consultation.

The NPPF document (and others) presented for consultation is now set in 17 topic-based chapters which provide a clear overview of the planning framework and the relevance of different policies. We shall provide further details once the revised Framework is published, but in the meantime if you would like to know more about the changes the Government were proposing in the consultation you might want to look at this blog piece from planning consultancy Lichfields.

There was a hearing on Thursday 12 July 2018 at the High Court with CPRE SurreyPOW (Protect Our Waverley)and others seeking a judicial review of the Waverley local plan. CPRE have been granted permission for a legal challenge to go ahead. This will put the spotlight on Waverley council, the Planning Inspectorate and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for their approach to 'housing need'. CPRE's case focuses specifically on the imposition on Waverley of 'unmet need' from Woking, and the consequences of this 'uplift' on Waverley's countryside including Green Belt and AONB.

It is worth noting that the same Inspector who examined the Waverley plan, Mr Jonathan Bore, also examined the Guildford plan and deployed the same ‘uplift’ argument there. The eventual outcome of the Waverley judicial review will therefore be significant for Guildford’s plan.

  • 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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