The draft Guildford Local Plan has been a major concern for many due to the major changes proposed to Green Belt and the proposed removal of a number of Surrey villages from the Green Belt.
A major development at Three Farms Meadow to build over 2,000 homes on the former Wisley Airfield would have a lasting impact on the rural nature of this area not to mention the horrendous effect the proposals would have on our local roads.
As a brief update on this, we have learnt that nothing further will appear until after the May 2015 elections. This is as a result of the draft needing to be reworked due to flaws in the plan.
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and Brandon Lewis MP from the Department for Communities and Local Government have released a press release today (Sat 4 Oct 2014) saying that Councils must protect our precious green belt land. Guidance to be published on Mon 6 Oct 2014 will explain that once established, green belt boundaries should only be altered in exceptional cases, through the preparation or review of the Local Plan.
It also states that housing need – including for traveller sites – does not justify the harm done to the green belt by inappropriate development.
Eric Pickles said:
This government has been very clear that when planning for new buildings, protecting our precious green belt must be paramount. Local people don’t want to lose their countryside to urban sprawl, or see the vital green lungs around their towns and cities to unnecessary development.
Today’s guidance will ensure councils can meet their housing needs by prioritising brownfield sites, and fortify the green belt in their area.
Brandon Lewis said:
We have put Local Plans at the heart of the reformed, planning system, so councils and local people can now decide where development should and shouldn’t go.
Support for new housing is growing, because communities welcome development if it is built in the right place and does not ignore their needs. That’s why 230,000 planning permissions were granted by councils in the last year alone, while the most recent official statistics show that green belt development is at its lowest rate since modern records began in 1989.
For the full press release click on the link below:
Lets hope our Councils take this on board.
On Monday at 5pm consultation closes on the Draft Guildford plan which amongst other things includes proposals for a 2,000 dwelling development on the site of the old Wisley Airfield. We as a group are very concerned at the implications of this draft plan and the possible Wisley housing development.
We have already submitted an earlier comment and shall be submitting further comments on Monday. Although we are on the periphery of this area it could still affect us for two reasons: weakening and developing the green belt will have repercussions on all green belt land and particularly that land nearby ie. in our area. Secondly the proposed development at Wisley will cause major problems to our already inadequate infrastructure and overcrowded roads.
So if you wish to submit a comment please do so post haste.
Cobham Free School has announced they have found another site on which to build a new school in place of the abandoned plan to build on Chippings Farm.
Unfortunately it is still on Green Belt land alongside Anvil Lane behind the Leg O'Mutton field. Here is a link to a map:- Anvil Lane Map, the field to the left is the area proposed we believe.
There will be more news on this soon. In the meantime you can read the CFS press release here www.cobhamfreeschool.org.uk/news/cfs-secures-permanent-site-for-senior-dept