Notwithstanding the failure of the various attempts to have the Local Plan subjected to Judicial Review, the Save the Hog’s Back Group has written to all Councillors asking them to review the Plan in the light of the absence of any proposals for A3 widening in the Government’s Road Investment Strategy, which was published in March.

Following the rejection by the judge of the three requests for Judicial Review against the Guildford Local Plan, two of the three claimants (Compton Parish Council and Jules Cranwell) have decided not to take matters any further, while the third (Ockham Parish Council) decided to mount an Appeal but found their case rejected.

NAG has asked GBC whether further guidance will be forthcoming on the design policies to be applied in settlements that are ‘inset’, as we believe it would be helpful for local residents to have clear guidance as to what is and what is not likely to be acceptable.

Once a Local Plan is agreed the planning authority needs to consult on certain aspects of its implementation. Guildford Borough Council (GBC) is now consulting on its Draft Strategic Development Framework document which, when finalised, will provide detailed formal guidance to assist future master planning, planning and development of the strategic sites in the Local Plan, including Blackwell Farm. There is therefore an opportunity now to feed in any views on the form this development should take.

If any resident would like to comment on the draft SPD, please visit the consultation homepage. The deadline for consultation is 24 February at 1200.


As reported in Guildford Dragon, differences in priorities between the political groupings in Guildford Borough Council resulted in a motion calling for a development moratorium in response to the climate emergency being kicked into the long grass. With a new Brownfield Register due for release, some councillors arguing it was best to wait in order to maximise brownfield development with others questioning the real motives behind the deferment. 

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