Infrastructure and delivery

Policy I1: Infrastructure and delivery

To support delivery of this Local Plan, infrastructure needed to support development should be provided and available when first needed to serve the occupants and users of the development. This will be secured by planning obligation, planning condition, or from other infrastructure funding, including the Community Infrastructure Levy. Where the timely provision of necessary supporting infrastructure is not secured, development may be phased to reflect infrastructure delivery, or will be refused.

The key infrastructure needed to support the delivery of this Plan is provided in the Infrastructure Schedule at Appendix C. The Local Plan also includes land allocated for infrastructure. This infrastructure is listed at Appendix C. The non-site specific and more general infrastructure requirements are set out in the Planning Contributions Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) 2011, which will be updated as required.

Through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) we will collect financial contributions from most new build developments in the borough. We will use CIL receipts towards providing infrastructure to support development, and will facilitate the spending of up to one quarter of CIL receipts originating from each Parish and from Guildford town, on local priorities to support development.

In allocating developer infrastructure contributions, we will prioritise Thames Basin Heath Special Protection Area mitigation and avoidance in order to ensure that we meet our legal responsibilities.

Response: Object 

Various aspects of Infrastructure are acknowledged as congested, inadequate for the existing population and not able to accommodate much growth. However, greenfield sites – requiring heavy infrastructure investment – are targeted in order to generate CIL income for the council. This is not sensible. The current draft CIL scale also encourages development on greenfield sites rather than brownfield.

The Council’s methodology assessing traffic and roads infrastructure needs is inadequate. It identifies only the tip of the iceberg in terms of existing congestion. Looking at local traffic situations around the Borough it becomes clear that the schemes proposed will not solve existing congestion and the local road network has not been given sufficient consideration. Some proposed locations would require highway schemes that involve demolition of property and road-widening in residential areas to solve the resultant congestion.

The A3 improvements are not guaranteed to take place but they are being used to justify removing large areas from the Green Belt before detailed traffic assessments have taken place. These detailed investigations are being deferred until the planning application stage and will be left to developers to prepare. If a site then proves to be unsustainable its Green Belt protection will have been lost for no reason and unsuitable development will take place by a more insidious process.

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