Following the rejection by the judge of the three requests for Judicial Review against the Guildford Local Plan, two of the three claimants (Compton Parish Council and Jules Cranwell) have decided not to take matters any further, while the third (Ockham Parish Council) decided to mount an Appeal but found their case rejected.

Once a Local Plan is agreed the planning authority needs to consult on certain aspects of its implementation. Guildford Borough Council (GBC) is now consulting on its Draft Strategic Development Framework document which, when finalised, will provide detailed formal guidance to assist future master planning, planning and development of the strategic sites in the Local Plan, including Blackwell Farm. There is therefore an opportunity now to feed in any views on the form this development should take.

If any resident would like to comment on the draft SPD, please visit the consultation homepage. The deadline for consultation is 24 February at 1200.


As reported in Guildford Dragon, differences in priorities between the political groupings in Guildford Borough Council resulted in a motion calling for a development moratorium in response to the climate emergency being kicked into the long grass. With a new Brownfield Register due for release, some councillors arguing it was best to wait in order to maximise brownfield development with others questioning the real motives behind the deferment. 

In early November 2019, the Guildford Local Plan will be subject to Judicial Review [JR] in the High Court. Two local Parish Councils (Ockham PC and Compton PC) and Green Belt campaigner Mr J Cranwell have initiated three JRs on the grounds that the council agreed a housing requirement of 10,000 new dwellings but nonetheless allocated land for 14,000 houses, failing to show “exceptional circumstances” for the release of green belt land to build housing in excess of that required.

As reported in the Guildford Dragon, these three challenges are not seeking to reject the whole Local Plan. Should the claimants be successful, the council will be able to consider amendment of the proposed use of rural sites within the adopted Plan.

Following a series of public hearing sessions on the draft Guildford Local Plan, which were held from 5 June 2018 to 5 July 2018. The interim conclusion by the independent Inspector is that the plan is ‘sound’ subject to main modifications.

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