Interesting update on Guildford Borough Council Local Plan including Wisley and the housing numbers

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A message from Andrew Procter

Meeting at Lancaster Hall 25th January

You may like to know that there will be an opportunity to ask leading Guildford Borough Councillors questions about the new draft Local Plan and other matters for Send at 8pm at Lancaster Hall on 25th January at a meeting set up by Send Parish Council.

The lead Councillors of GBC are visiting all the wards in the Borough in turn to find out the concerns of residents and have already visited Compton, Lovelace and the Horsleys. We have been told that “they will welcome any questions from the Parish Council and the Public”.

The agenda will include reports on:

Rural Economy, Countryside, Parks and Leisure –a report from Cllr Richard Billington, Lead Councillor for Rural Economy, Countryside and Leisure

Infrastructure and Environment –a report from Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Environment

Planning –a report from Cllr Paul Spooner, the new Leader for Guildford Borough Council (however we have recently heard that he may now have another appointment!)

Questions for the Borough Councillors – from Members of the Public

Please note that Send Parish Council have asked for questions to be emailed in advance to clerk@sendparishcouncil.gov.uk by 20 January 2016 although we have been assured by the Clerk that there will also be an opportunity to ask questions not previously notified.

Emerging New Local Plan

This meeting at Lancaster Hall may be the last opportunity any of us have of voicing our opposition to the development proposals contained in the new Local Plan which is expected to be issued by GBC any time between March and June this year.

Everyone is waiting to know what if any alterations there will be to the emerging new Plan to take account of all previous objections and the real concerns of our local residents over development in the village and lack of road capacity and infrastructure. What opportunities will there be for real local consultation in the next round of the Local Plan? The last Local Plan was deeply unpopular and the thousands of objections raised halted the process temporarily.  Will this new round be any better? Will consultation be a genuinely inclusive exercise?  It may not. Our concern is that GBC will follow what is known as Regulation 19 and send the Plan to the Secretary of State with only minimal consultation required.

The Save Send Action Group is very concerned to learn that our two new Borough Councillors for Send have had to battle hard to be invited to a briefing on the new Local Plan to which they were previously excluded. This is not we understand the first time that our Send councillors have been excluded from matters of critical importance.

Wisley

A brand new application has been made for Wisley supposedly dealing with previous objections from GBC. It does not. It does however conveniently mean (for the applicant) that the 1700 valid objections including the strong objection made by Send Parish Council to the previous application will all have to be resubmitted. Why was the Cayman Island company who want to develop Wisley allowed to pursue this approach by GBC? The scale of the development at Wisley is likely to cause gridlock in Send. Please send your new objections or resend your previous objections to planningenquiries@guildford.gov.uk asap. The reference is planning application 15/P/00012. The current expiry date for objections on the GBC website is 29thJanuary. Sorry to have to ask again but this is the so called local  democracy we live in!

Local Opinion

We are very concerned that GBC do not listen to local opinion in matters of future planning policy and current development control. The Marina application was approved in the green belt in the face of 400 detailed and very sound objections from local residents of our village.

SHMA

It is believed that the latest SHMA (Strategic Housing Market Assessment) has been approved without consultation with the public or scrutiny by GBC. This sets the number of houses required. How can something as fundamental as this figure go unscrutinised?

Conclusion

We believe there is something fundamentally wrong with the governance of GBC of which all Send residents need to be aware because it threatens the future of our village.

Kind regards

 

Save Send Action Group

 

1 thought on “Interesting update on Guildford Borough Council Local Plan including Wisley and the housing numbers”

  1. A quote from the above:

    ” It does however conveniently mean (for the applicant) that the 1700 valid objections including the strong objection made by Send Parish Council to the previous application will all have to be resubmitted.”

    If this is true, will EFFRA and EPC be resubmitting their objections? What about the 50 other consultees on the Planning Portal website? So far I can only see a new objection from MVDC, though the response from Ben Paton hopefully carries some weight as well.

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