Planning Comments Show Democratic Balance Over Wisley


In a letter to the Guildford Dragon local resident Tony Edwards, a member of the Wisley Action Group committee, points out the overwhelming number of objections to developing the former WW2 Wisley airfield

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In his letter to the Guildford Dragon Mr Edwards said that local democracy has no place in Mr Murray’s long-term plans [see: Developer Says Wisley Development Could Help Guildford Meet Its Housing Need]. He went on to say that having received a unanimous “No” from Guildford’s Planning Committee on April 6th, he still claims that his proposed assault on the green belt at Wisley reflects the wishes of Guildford residents.

A quick visit to Guildford Borough Council’s planning portal will confirm that over 2,000 people objected to this ‘new town’ and just seven, yes seven, people were in favour.

He said that Mr Murray ignored fundamental facts like the lack of transport links, poor air quality, lack of infrastructure, no consented access from the A3 for this proposal, and objections from a long list of authoritative voices.

GBC planning officers had presented fourteen planning reasons why the project should be kicked into touch. The planning committee roundly agreed. Only Mr Murray, his PR man, and the man from Savills seemed to think it was a good idea. And that’s still the case.

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