The Guildford Borough Council have released some further information regarding the preparation of a new Guildford Borough Local Plan. This Local Plan includes a new 2500 home village at Wisley Airfield just a couple of miles away from Cobham.
The Guildford Planning department have published the latest volume of the Green Belt and Countryside Study (Volume V) via their website. This study assesses some of the options included in their recent Issues and Options consultation document and identifies further potential development areas across the borough. They are also publishing additional work that was undertaken by the consultants as a result of the Joint Scrutiny Committee. This comprises an addendum to Volume II (sites around the urban areas) and a re-issued Volume IV (insetting of villages).
They have also uploaded the representations made in response to the Local Plan Issues and Options document put out for consultation in October/November 2013. These can be viewed via the website at https://getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk/consult.ti/IOSS.Q.2013/consultationHome. Alternatively, you are able to view a printed copy at the planning reception in the Council offices or request a CD by contacting the planning policy team.
They go on to say that residents will have a further opportunity to let them know their views when they publish the draft Local Plan for consultation over the summer of 2014.
There have been a few developments that have affected our intention to carry out the traffic survey near Chippings Farm.
The ACS International school has recently submitted a planning application regarding traffic management which means that they carried out a comprehensive traffic survey late last year. It is extensive and focused on our area of concern - Fairmile Lane and Portsmouth Road.
As a result the Cobham Green Belt (CGB) Committee discussed the whole subject of the traffic survey and have decided to review the ACS traffic survey report before proceeding with our own survey.
Should ACS International have their planning application approved then any survey we would have done would need to be repeated/remodelled to take this change in traffic flow into account; in other words, our findings would be redundant.
If the ACS application is not approved then we should review their survey, examine the reasons given for refusal and build this into our own survey.
The CGB Committee have therefore recommended that the traffic survey planned to be undertaken at the end of April 2014 should be postponed until later this year.
As previously noted as an update to a previous article, we currently expect the Cala Homes and Free School Planning Application to be submitted in June/July 2014 although they may surprise us and submit it earlier.
We are continuing to build local support against the proposed 500 homes to be built on Green Belt land and are taking advice from planning and traffic survey consultants. We are also laying plans for a major publicity drive if the proposal should reach a formal planning application as gaining as much support from the local community will be essential. You can help with this, by encouraging your friends and neighbours to sign up for our free email newsletter so we can quickly inform them of important Green Belt developments in our local area.
The Chippings Farm Traffic Survey will be an important source of information so please read the article about the survey and if you can help by being an observer please get in touch.
An important consideration for the development of the Chippings Farm Green Belt site is the impact on the local traffic.
To understand this better we are conducting a Traffic Survey based on advice from a traffic consultant.
Our original intention was to perform the survey before Easter but due to the various roadworks and events at the ACS school it was felt that this would be unrepresentative of normal traffic flows, so the traffic survey will be taking place on Tue 29th April and Thu 1st May.
We have been delighted with the response by local residents to help with the survey and we have mostly filled all the one hour long sessions required. However to make it as comprehensive as possible we would like a few more volunteers to act as observers so we can include more local road junctions as part of the survey.