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The Surrey Draft Waste Local Plan 2018-2033 outlines facilities needed in the future to deal with business, domestic and civil engineering waste, including proposed locations and methods.

The plan lists nine proposed sites for waste facilities, that are either on or adjacent to Green Belt land:

Normandy residents might be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the Surrey County Council site assessment methodology rejects the site at Strawberry Farm, Glaziers Lane and the site at Chapel Farm, Guildford Road for further development at the second screening stage in the Surrey County Council Minerals and Waste Planning Policy, Surrey Waste Local Plan, Site Identification & Evaluation Report, November 2017.

Surrey county council is facing a £100 million cash crisis as scores of councils struggle to close budget deficits, an investigation by the Local Government Information Unit has found.

Business rate retention policy is in limbo, the fair funding review and social care green paper have been pushed back, and the Revenue Support Grant is still on course to disappear by 2020.

Councils are facing a cliff-edge and need answers now. 

Perhaps encouraged by the on-line petition instituted by a Wanborough resident approaching its 500 supporter threshold, Guildford Borough Council leader and lead councillor for planning has invoked the sought for Article 4 Direction on the AGLV land at Wanborough.

Guildford Borough Council had submitted a request to government for funding for a road bridge at Ash level crossing, among other infrastructure projects, to ease the path for the submitted Guildford Local Plan. The lead councillor for infrastructure, Cllr Matt Furniss, took to Twitter recently to announce approval for such funding.

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.

Monday the 25th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template