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Approximately 6,500 residents of the borough generated 32,000 comments to the 2016 Local Plan consultation. The high number of comments caused the council to review further some of the evidence base documents and propose a further, fourth, consultation in 2017. The proposed submission local plan was redrafted and, from a Normandy & Flexford point of view, the 'strategic site' A46 (land between Normandy & Flexford settlements) and the minor site A47 (land at Flexford covering an SNCI) were withdrawn.

Overall, the council had a further consideration of the Guildford part of the West Surrey SHMA in February 2017 and returned with a slightly modified annual overall housing number, with part of the total figure pushed out beyond the 2034 end date of the local plan, attempting to give the impression that the total housing number had been reduced. The distribution of new housing in the west of the borough was modified to take account of the withdrawal of Site A46, with 500 or so more houses being pushed onto Ash Green and into the multi-part Site A29 around Ash ad Tongham; a reduction to 1,800 new dwellings at the proposed Blackwell Farm site was balanced by the addition of a secondary school to account for the loss at withdrawn Site A46.  

This reduction from 3,000 to 1,800 units at Blackwell Farm appears to have been re-balanced by inserting new sites without prior notification around Send, particularly at Garlick's Arch. The plan continues to be dominated by around 70% of new housing proposed for the Green Belt and approximately 6,500 new homes being proposed within the 400m-5km mitigation zone of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area and SSSI. The council has yet to be seen to respond to the Government requirement to create a brownfield register and prioritise brownfield land, mainly in the council's ownership around Woodbridge Meadows, for new housing that would reduce the need to push housing onto the Green Belt in such quantity.

The fourth round of consultation started at the beginning of June 2017 and is finishing mid-July 2017. The council has 'restricted' comment to the 'changes' in the draft plan documents but this also permits reference to the new evidence base documents that support any new or changed content in the proposed submission plan documents.

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