Guildford Borough Council-Key feedback themes from Draft Local Plan consultation 


 GD GBC

PR 3269

For Immediate Release

28 October 2014

Key feedback themes from Draft Local Plan consultation

We wanted to reach out to as many people as possible about the future of our borough, so we ran the Draft Local Plan consultation for 12 weeks from 1 July 2014. During that time we received over 19,500 comments. 

Our Planning team have now produced a summary of the key feedback themes emerging from the responses of the thousands of residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders who got involved. 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Mansbridge, says: “The Draft Local Plan raised many comments and concerns, which we are considering most carefully. This is not the final analysis of the recent consultation, but it is a good interim summary of public opinion and the key feedback themes from the wide range of responses. 

“In the near future, we expect to be in a position to release the West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) – the joint document produced with Waverley and Woking Borough Councils – that has also considered the feedback and any comments on our own SHMA. 

“There will then be further work – largely around infrastructure – that together with the other applied constraints, will allow the Council to arrive at a housing number. We will continue to use every mechanism to get this number to the lowest sustainable point possible to pass the Inspectorate’s examination. We will also take into account recent statements from the Secretary of State and Department for Communities and Local Government. The Planning Inspectorate has now been given a clear indication and stronger ‘steer’ not to allow development that will harm the Green Belt. 

“We will take great care to ensure that the views of our community are at the forefront of our decision-making process.”

The Planning team will continue to review the consultation comments and progress the Local Plan in response to the relevant planning considerations raised. A full report on the consultation with further details will then be published. 

To view the initial summary of key emerging feedback themes please visit
www.guildford.gov.uk/draftlocalplan