This article first appeared in the St Mark's Parish Magazine in April 2022

Ever wondered how the planning system works, and how you can engage with it? You might be seeking planning permission yourself, wanting to comment on another local planning application, or just wishing to understand the basis on which planning decisions are made. Here are a few of the essentials.

At the end of March NAG joined a webinar hosted by the company, R4C, responsible for organising the public consultation on the AONB boundary review. Natural England were present to answer questions about the process so far and next steps. It was a very informative session, and we have attached the slides to this article.

Local residents have been horrified to see the sudden appearance of a pitch for two caravans in the field by the Westwood Lane bend (the ‘lower AGLV field’), with associated hard standing laid over a plastic membrane following levelling of the field, and concreted-in fencing marking the site. This article sets out the background to this unhappy situation.

At the recent NAG AGM we discussed biodiversity, how to protect it, and whether the Government’s latest proposals will help.

The Planning Inspectorate has rejected three Appeals against Enforcement Notices issued by Guildford Borough Council regarding unauthorised development in Wanborough Fields.

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