As a result of increasing concern among ministers, in the run-up to the general election, that councils are permitting swathes of new housing on Green Belt land in order to meet the 5-year land supply and housing targets demanded by the NPPF, Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has issued new guidance.

Almost immediately, leader of Guildford Borough Coucil, Cllr. Stephan Mansbridge, announced that the green belt will be considered as a ‘stronger constraint’ in the local plan process.

Local press editorial suggests "A policy U-turn by Guildford Borough Council (GBC) may lift the threat to villages at risk of losing their green belt status in Guildford’s local plan". However, the residents of all villages around the borough threatened with large-scale housing development now and in the future have become wary of any statements by local politicians surrounding the Local Plan process in the borough in the last few months and will adopt a 'wait-and-see' attitude.

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