Ash Parish Council had initiated a Judicial Review [JR] of the decision by Guildford Borough Council to approve a planning application (12/P/01973) for 

(a) Outline Planning Permission for the development of up to 400 residential dwellings on 22.1 ha of the site including the creation of an access point from Ash Lodge Drive,

the demolition of No. 52 South Lane, and the demolition of No. 54 South Lane to enable the creation of a second access point from South Lane. Creation of a primary route through the site and an emergency access link from South Lane. Provision of open space including children's play areas, community allotments, sustainable urban drainage systems and green links on the site

(b) Full Planning Permission for the change of use from agricultural land to use as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) on 24.0 ha of land to the south of the dismantled railway/Christmas Pie route to serve the proposal and the surrounding area, including accesses, pathways and associated landscaping

seeking to quash the planning permission. The dispute between the parties was the interpretation and status of policy RE4 of the Guildford Local Plan [n.b. 2003 Local Plan as amended 2007] and whether the officer report significantly misled the Council.

Ultimately the decision went against Ash Parish Council in the weighing of Policy RE4 against the new requirements of the NPPF.

As this planning application included 24 hectares of land to be designated Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace [SANG], it is likely that this provision will be given due weight should any potential development areas be identified in the north-west area of the the borough within the 400m-5km protection zone around the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area [TBHSPA] when the Guildford draft Local Plan is brought forward again for consultation in or around June 2015.


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