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At an EGM of the full council on 27 Oct 2017, it was announced that a further restricted Regulation 19 consultation on the proposed Guildford Local Plan will take place in 2017, delaying the plan process by a further 10 months.

In an article in the Sunday Times newspaper, 23 October 2016, it is revealed that "about 32,000 comments" were received in reply to the July 2016 draft Guildford Local Plan Regulation 19 consultation; this is a substantial increase over the reported 20,000+ received in reply to the July 2014 Regulation 18 consultation. This volume is among the highest in the country in response to a local plan consultation.

On 10 October 2014, Guildford Borough Council [GBC] issued its decision in respect of planning application 14/P/00779, an outline application for 90 houses and 3 retail units at North Wyke Farm, Wyke, Normandy. The decision was to refuse.

Interestingly, rather than have this application heard in front of the full council Planning Committee, it was delegated to the case officer.  This might well not be the end of the matter, as the opportunity to appeal is available to the applicant.  Any appeal would be considered by the Planning Inspectorate and, should it arise, residents that registered their objection to the initial application might wish to submit their comments to the inspector dealing with the appeal.

 

As a result of increasing concern among ministers, in the run-up to the general election, that councils are permitting swathes of new housing on Green Belt land in order to meet the 5-year land supply and housing targets demanded by the NPPF, Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued new guidance.

Almost immediately, leader of Guildford Borough Coucil, Cllr. Stephan Mansbridge, announced that the green belt will be considered as a ‘stronger constraint’ in the local plan process.

Local press editorial suggests "A policy U-turn by Guildford Borough Council (GBC) may lift the threat to villages at risk of losing their green belt status in Guildford’s local plan". However, the residents of all villages around the borough threatened with large-scale housing development now and in the future have become wary of any statements by local politicians surrounding the Local Plan process in the borough in the last few months and will adopt a 'wait-and-see' attitude.

Keith Witham, the County Councillor for Normandy reports, "Surrey County Council has enormous pressures on its funding.  Increased demands for essential services, that it must legally provide, such as adult and childrens social services and school places, coupled with reduced Government funding, means Surrey must review its  spending on all the services provided for the county’s residents that are "non-statutory" in other words for which there is either no legal obligation to provide, or which are currently being provided higher than the minimum level. Surrey receives the lowest Government grant of any County Council in the UK".

"One of those services is local transport where the council currently spends around £18 million a year. This includes subsidising public buses, Community Transport and concessionary fares".

"There is a review is to make savings while maintaining the services that residents rely on the most, such as services that get people to work, hospitals and schools. To help achieve this, SCC has launched a public consultation, running from now until 14th January 2015".

You can have your say by 

  • taking part in the online survey, or
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  • searching the Surrey County Council web site for "online survey"
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