It seems Guildford borough is the big loser, accounting for 46% of the annual loss of Green Belt, reducing the area of Green Belt in the borough by 6%. Local residents' groups opposed to this significant loss went to the extent of forcing a Judicial Review of the Guildford Local Plan process carried out by Guildford Borough Council under its previous leadership but to no avail.

In its latest document on English local authority Green Belt, the Ministry of Communities, Housing and Local Government [MCHLG] reports a reduction of 3,520 hectares in the area of land designated Green Belt land between the end of March 2019 and the end of March 2020. This is due, mainly, to local authorities driven by the requirements of the NPPF removing land from the Green Belt ready for housing development to meet the government target of 300,000 new dwellings per year. 

As the report points out

"Of the fifteen local authorities reporting changes to their land designated as Green Belt, Guildford contributed 46% of this change alone, with a reduction in its Green Belt of six per cent. The reported decrease of 3,170 hectares of land designated as Green Belt during 2019-20 is the third largest decrease reported in recent years, following the changes recorded in the previous two years. The number of local authorities making changes to land designated as Green Belt has also increased in recent years, particularly from 2014-15 onwards"

Who would have guessed?

Wednesday the 17th - Published by Normandy Action Group, 166 Glaziers Lane, Guildford GU3 2EB - with thanks to Keith Witham, Surrey County Councillor - Hostgator Coupon Template