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Borough-wide referendum 13 October 2016

Guildford's political groups have united to campaign against introducing an elected mayor system in an up-coming referendum that could change how the borough is governed. 

The referendum is being forced by a petition launched by former councillor Monika Juneja asking whether Guildford borough should be led by an elected mayor; campaign flyers are already beginning to be distributed in the borough.

Location: Fairoaks Smallholding (part of Brook Farm), Aldershot Road, Normandy, Guildford, GU3

Ref: APP/Y3615/W/15/3134364

Appeal Open Date: 16 September 2015

The owner of the land to the south of Grassypiece Copse recently submitited an appeal against the refusal by Guildford Borough Council [GBC] to grant planning permission for a change of use of an existing building from commercial to residential.  

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.

Created by consultants Allies & Morrison, the Guildford Town Centre Master Plan document presents a view of the future of the town and has been widely publicised in the local press. The lead councillor for planning and the council leader believe the proposals are "based on local people’s clearly-expressed wishes", "delivering what the town and borough need for the benefit of local people." 

After due consideration, the Planning Inspector that examined the appeal in public (APP/Y3615/A/14/2214238) dismissed the appeal, finding "...the proposal would be inappropriate development in the Green Belt, harmful to openness and to one of the purposes of the Green Belt. No other material considerations outweigh the harm so as to amount to very special circumstances to justify the proposed development."

Residents had worked extremely hard to combat this application, adjacent as it was to the site of 26 new affordable housing units being built on behalf of Mount Green Housing Association, putting forward their concerns over likely local flood risk.  If built, these additional units on the green field alongside the North Downs Line railway embankment would result in an area of intensive housing development in what has previously been a quiet country lane.

On Wednesday 24 September 2014 , local media carried the story attributed to leader of the council, Steven Mansbridge, that there is to be a big delay to Guildford's Local Plan. Before the delay, the next draft of the document was due to be released in March. There is now no set date on this new document, but Cllr. Mansbridge has said it will definitely be after the elections in May next year.  This announcement follows comments by Guildford MP Anne Milton in the local press that the current plan ‘lacks vision and ambition’.


Please ensure all responses are submitted by the deadline.

The manner with which residents letters and documents were treated last time when received by the council encourages us to remind you to submit by more than one means if possible.  If you are choosing to respond on-line, why not be doubly sure and submit a written version of your responses.

In all cases, make sure your response type is clearly stated.  

If you are answering the questionnaire, the questions are asking if you agree or not.  Clearly define the question number and the question to which you are answering, state "YES" you agree or "NO" you disagree, before expressing your detailed answer.  Be careful where there are multi-part questions to answer each part separately.

 When responding the 19 Policies, list your responses to each of the Policies, label your answer at the top with the Policy number and name and then clearly either "ACCEPT" or "REJECT" before setting out your arguments. 

When responding to the Site Allocations, state the number and name/location of the site, whether you "ACCEPT" or "REJECT" the site allocation and then present your arguments to support your overall response.

Postal address for you r responses:

Planning Policy
Planning Services
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House
Surrey GU2 4BB

Email address for your responses:

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Normandy Action Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting in Normandy Village Hall, 7.00 pm, Tuesday 9 September

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