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Planning application 16/P/01452 for 42 dwellings on land east of Glaziers Lane, adjacent to the North Downs railway line and north of the railway bridge, has been refused. While there were circumstances that weighed in favour of the development, according to the decision letter, they did not amount to the "very special circumstances" needed to outweigh substantial harm to the Green Belt.

At a presentation during Normandy Parish Council monthly planning meeting 24 February 2016, residents heard from Guildford Borough Council [GBC] Lead Councillor for Planning that the 'safeguarded land' previously proposed in the draft Guildford Local Plan to be removed from the Green Belt and reserved for future housing development has had this status reversed. In addition, under the newly introduced GBC "sensitivity" analysis of land parcels, based on a traffic light system 'red', 'amber' and 'green', where 'red' is land with the highest sensitivity, this land (located in Land Parcel H12, GBCS Vol 5) has been allocated a 'red' rating. Generally, the expectation would be that this land would not be included in the draft Local Plan for any form of development and remain to fulfill its important Green Belt purpose, preventing the merging of Flexford and Normandy and restricting sprawl.

A new planning application [16/P/00222] was submitted towards the end of January 2016 for up to 254 residential dwellings on land at Manor Farm, The Street, Tongham. On approx. 13 hectares, this implies a low density development suggesting executive homes. As part of the application is a proposal for conversion of nearly 18 hectares of agricultural land to Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace [SANG]. This land proposed for SANG is easily visible to the left of the A31 as the dual carriageway dips down from the Hogs Back towards Farnham. Both areas of land, should permission be forthcoming, would push development to within a few metres of the border of the Surrey Hills AONB.

Ahead of the scheduled parish council meeting Wednesday, 24th February 2016 at Normandy Village Hall, Normandy Parish Council has published the list of twenty-seven questions submitted by residents and parish councillors to the three portfolio holders from Guildford Borough Council who will be attending to answer the questions and make statements on their portfolios, that cover many aspects of the Local Plan.

Planning consultants acting fo the land owner say they plan to submit an application for outline planning permission for 370 dwellings and a five form entry secondary school on the land opposite Fairlands, with the housing to be three storey apartments, two and a half, and two storey houses.

As a result of government planning guidance changing, reclassifying previously developed land in the Green Belt as 'brownfield', the residents of Worplesdon find themsleves confronted by a new proposal at Merrist Wood College.  The college has published a proposal for 120 homes to be built on site to secure the financial future of the educational institution.

As one of a series of visits to all parish councils in the borough, the Guildford Borough councillors responsible for the key areas of Roads, Planning and the Environment

  • Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Cllr for Infrastructure & Environment
  • Cllr Paul Spooner, Lead Cllr for Planning
  • Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Cllr for Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure

are coming to make statements on their portfolios that directly impact Normandy parish and community (i.e. the draft Local Plan) at the next monthly Parish Council Meeting, Normandy Village Hall on Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.15 pm.

Residents should submit questions in writing, in advance, by the 12 February 2016 deadline as Normandy Parish Council will be forwarding the questions to GBC in order for the borough councilllors to consider their answers in advance of the meeting.The Chair of the parish council will be asking the questions on behalf of residents during the meeting.

The latest forecasts of household formation rates for Guildford borough from the Department of Communities and Local Government [DCLG] plus the Office of National Statistics [ONS] updated population forecasts to 2021 show a lower future population for Guildford than previously estimated.  This might affect annual housing targets in the emerging Local Plan.

Tuesday the 20th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template