Despite the existence of Enforcement and Stop Notices, issued in September 2020 by Guildford Borough Council (GBC) great damage continues to be done to the Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) at Wanborough Fields.

Ash Green Residents' Association [AGRA] have been confronting Guildford Borough Council [GBC] and developers on a number of fronts since the approval of the Guildford Local Plan. As the fields around Ash Green are 'land beyond the Green Belt' the area, along with Tongham, has borne the brunt of developer interest and activity, with 6 applications for 988 new dwellings on sites at the edge of Surrey Hills AONB.

Since this article was published we have provided a comment for an article on the same subject in the Guildford Dragon, here. Now read on!

In recent months local residents have watched with dismay as the once pristine field in the Area of Great Landscape Value to the right of Westwood Lane as it bends left at Wanborough Fields has seen extensive offloading of ballast, the erection of fencing, and the open storage of building materials, including containers. Aerial photos showing just some of the damage done can be seen here. Following determined lobbying by residents and local Councillors alike Guildford Borough Council (GBC) has finally issued an Enforcement Notice and a Stop Notice on the owners of the plot in question and their agents.

This article, written by NAG chairman Mike Aaronson, was first published in the Guildford Dragon on 15 September 2020.

The recent White Paper on reforming the planning system, although a mixed blessing, includes a welcome emphasis on “protection” for green belt and other sensitive landscapes.

But it fails to address planning enforcement. There is no point in having a planning system if it can be flouted with impunity. Would-be developers need to understand that if they break the rules they will be penalised, and swiftly.

There is still no news about the public consultation regarding the Ash Ranges. In January 2020, the MoD published a “Communications Plan for the Proposed New Aldershot & District Military Lands Byelaws”, which stated that public consultation would start in April. A subsequent update said that this had been delayed, although both documents now appear to have disappeared from the web. In the meantime there is a Petition calling for there to be no reduction in public access to the ranges, which has already attracted nearly 11,500 signatures.

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