NAG attended this hearing 3 July; we were not able to speak as there had been no prior warning of a site in Normandy/Flexford’s being up for discussion. In any event the Inspector made clear he would not allow a detailed discussion of the sites Guildford Borough Council [GBC] had put forward in response to his challenge to find ways of bringing forward house-building in the early years of the plan period; he simply wanted to be able to assess whether or not they would be effective in helping to deliver this objective. CPRE Surrey, who were able to speak, said there would be objections, no doubt, from the communities affected should these sites be included in the final plan. GBC had very little to say about the Normandy/Flexford site and even struggled to show the Inspector a map giving its location.

As residents in Wanborough had hoped, Guildford Borough Council’s Executive Committee voted at their meeting 17 July 2018 to confirm the Wanborough Fields Article 4 Direction. Eleven Wanborough residents attended the meeting to observe the vote.

The report recommending confirmation states in clear terms the benefits of retaining the open landscape provided by Wanborough Fields.

You will have seen work beginning on the barn being redeveloped for residential use, with the wooden barn frame dismantled to make way for the proposed parking spaces, although no decision has been published on the planning application [18/P/00765]. The plan is to construct three 5-bedroom dwellings within the envelope of the present concrete and steel barn.

On 18 July 2018, GBC approved a planning application [18/P/00207] to demolish the farmhouse and outbuildings on the site to make way for the erection of four dwellings (one x one-bed, one x two-bed and two x five bedrooms) on the footprint of the existing buildings. Although beyond the current settlement boundary, the officer report highlights a sympathetic proposal that will not impact on the openness of the Green Belt as the mass and footprint of each proposed building are effectively identical to the existing structures. In addition, this is a self-build project.

Planning inspector Jonathan Bore, who is overseeing the public examination of the Guildford Local Plan, has repeatedly pointed to the need for more homes to be built earlier in the plan period, rather than coming in later as proposed by Guildford Borough Council’s proposals. The Inspector’s latest challenge on this topic can be seen here. On 28 June the Council issued its response, available here. This identifies a number of sites around the borough that are not part of the Plan proposals but which, the Council argues, could boost housing supply in the first 5 years of the plan. This includes a site in Normandy described as "Village Extension, East of Glaziers Lane, Flexford, 105 homes".

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