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7 April 2016

For immediate release:

Revised draft Guildford Local Plan impact on Normandy and Flexford

Chairman of Normandy Action Group, Roger Shapley commented

"Normandy Action Group is very disappointed that GBC has chosen to extract 72.4 hectares of agricultural land farmed for crops over decades and used to pasture livestock to be concreted over. While we appreciate the county council need for new school places, such provision should not be used as an excuse by Guildford Borough Council to remove this land from the Green Belt. A "developer-led" proposal means not just a school but thousands of houses for private profit. 

With the increasing urbanisation of Ash & Tongham, the Green Belt in Normandy plays a vital role in preventing urban sprawl between Guildford and Aldershot and this proposal does completely the opposite. The local infrastructure is already under strain with local flooding issues and poor sewerage services as Normandy and Flexford settlements are on the Hogs Back spring line. Doubling the size of the community will not solve these problems but likely make them worse. Developers cannot develop away the local terrain and its dominant drainage issues. 

The A323 is already at capacity at rush hour and any accident on the A31 or A3 in the Guildford stretch sees thousands of car journeys diverted down our D class roads, bringing the whole area to a standstill. 3,000 new homes implies approximately 4,750 more cars. The Surrey County Council OGSTAR traffic simulation Scenario 7 published in January 2014 shows that if all houses are built our local roads will exceed their design capacity almost continuously. Residents will be lucky to make it out of their font driveway in a car anytime. 

Our community is within the important restricted zone of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area. Introducing 1,000 school children daily and up to 3, 000 new residents with pet dogs and cats does not bode well for the rare bird species on this European protected habitat.

The community has yet to digest the full implications of this proposal and voice their response."

Monday the 13th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template