Wisley Airfield ‘new town’ developer hopes to achieve planning permission within a year

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Wisley Property Investment made the announcement after their plans to build more than 2,000 homes were rejected by the council

BY MARK EDWARDS

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UGC Initial designs for a town of more than 2,000 homes which could be built on the site of Wisley Airfield

The developer behind plans to build a ‘new town’ at the former Wisley Airfield site hopes to achieve planning permission within one year, despite the recent planning application being unanimously rejected.

Campaigners fighting against plans to build more than 2,000 homes received an email from a communications company acting on behalf of the developer, Wisley Property Investment, stating: “We are hoping to achieve planning permission for Wisley Airfield over the next year and will keep local people informed of the process.”

This comes after Guildford Borough Council’s planning committee overwhelmingly rejected the company’s planning application on April 7 on 14 grounds.

Introducing the motion to reject the application, councillor Colin Cross, who represents the Lovelace ward where the site would be located, said: “This site represents the antithesis of sustainability.

“I personally do not wish to be remembered for helping turn a rural pasture into an urban ghetto with five storey blocks scattered across its entirety.

“I therefore move to support the officers’ recommendation to reject this application.”

Artist impression of plans which have been formally submitted for 2,100 homes at Wisley Airfield

The officer report states: “It has not been demonstrated that the development proposed would not give rise to a severe adverse impact on the safe and efficient operation of the strategic road network.”

The report concludes that WPI’s application also failed to provide an “appropriate provision of affordable housing”.

Other objections include the impact on air quality and the application’s failure to mitigate its impact on education, library, policing and health infrastructure in the area.

Wisley Property Investment declined to comment on whether it plans to appeal the decision or resubmit its application with changes.

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