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Residents have been taken by surprise at the sudden appearance of a new planning application (15/P/01670) for 73 dwellings plus retail space at the North Wyke Farm site at the Westwood Lane cross-roads opposite Wyke School. Refused by the Planning Inspector at appeal on the previous occasion in July 2015 for inappropriateness in the Green Belt under current borough council policies, the applicant has submitted 37 new documents to support the new outline application.

 As many parents that deliver and pick up children during the dark mornings and afternoons of autumn and winter term-time will confirm, this area around the cross-roards with the main A323 Aldershot-Guildford road at these key times is extremely busy.  Parents campaigned successfully in 2012 for the introduction of 'wig-wags' by the responsible highways authority, Surrey County Council. Anecdotal evidence suggests this has had some mitigating effect on traffic speed and heightened driver awareness but makes no contribution to reduce the high levels of traffic and congestion on the A323 at this point at travel-to-work time in the morning and evening. Housing development at this point in Normandy will simply increase existing pressures on road safety at peak times.

'Concreting over' of the natural green fields at the eastern side of Westood Lane that lie between Walden Cottages and the A323 that currently contribute to flood alleviation during more frequently seen heavy rainfall events will force the excess surface water into the development and across onto the main road. These fields contribute to the 'openness' of the Green Belt in and around Normandy settlement that prevents sprawl and acts as a barrier to the onward march of Guildford urbanisation through Worplesdon in the east and the increasing development of Ash and Tongham to the west. 

The close date for residents' comments is 16 October 2015.

Monday the 19th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template