Guildford Borough Council [GBC] has to decide whether to confirm the Article 4 Direction within 6 months of it first being served. A report is being drafted which, it is understood, is likely to propose continuation indefinitely. It will go before a planning committee meeting, probably at the end of June. The large number of representations sent by residents to Tim Dawes, Planning Development Manager at GBC has, it appears, ensured there will be a recommendation to continue.

However, this does not mean residents can sit back and think the problem is solved. Should the Article 4 Direction be established indefinitely, each major or minor change by plot owners/occupiers will be subject to a planning application and in each case, residents will need to submit their comments to the application when it appears.

Already, plot owners appear to be breaching the Article 4 Direction with the erection of inappropriate fencing on the 20 acre field at the right-angled bend in Westwood Lane. This has drawn the attention of GBC planning officers, generating requests for a retrospective planning application within 28 days. Once again residents will need to submit their comments to the application when it appears.

The initial change of use application by one plot owner, from agricultural to equestrian, is subject of an appeal submission to the Planning Inspectorate. Once again residents will need to submit their comments to the appeal when it appears.

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