Following the completion of the Guildford Borough Council Local Plan - Issues & Options consultation on the 29th Nov 2013, the Council Leader Stephen Mansbridge has issued the following statement on behalf of the Guildford Borough Council Conservative group.
The Issues and Options consultation has now closed. It took more than three years to amass the background documents which, in total, ran to more than 2,500 pages. We were advised that all this work was necessary in order to prove to the National Planning Inspectorate that we have indeed considered all the options.
We, as a group, decided to engage deeply with our residents and in as neutral a way as possible. With a task of this scale, we gave clear guidance to the planning service at GBC and they did their best to ensure that the consultation was properly conducted. We recognise that this required many of you to undertake a lot of reading and we thank you for your trouble and your interest.
There has been a significant response to the consultation with something in excess of 10,000 responses and there are still more to count. In comparison to previous consultations, this can be considered to have been very successful and we thank all of you for your hard work.
Guildford Borough Council opened their consultation period for their "Local Plan Strategy and Sites Issues and Options" document from the 1st October to 29th November 2013. A number of exhibitions and workshops were held in and around the areas affected. The consultation is now closed.
The Cobham Heritage Trust has responded to the consultation and you can see their letter here.
Guildford Borough Council have a dedicated website at guildfordlocalplan.info where further details can be found. You can also download a copy of the "Local Plan Strategy and Sites Issues and Options" document from here. This file is 11MB and may take a short while to download depending on your Internet connection speed.
Update: Please Note the Consultation closed on the 29 Nov 2013
We are very concerned about what is contained in a Consultation Document produced by Guildford Borough Council for formulating a Local Plan. To place this in context, the Borough boundary is less than 2 miles from Cobham and adjoins Downside and Hatchford.
The disused Wisley Airfield is in Green Belt land and just 2 miles from Cobham. What is suggested is building 2175 houses on 167 hectares and goes further in envisaging with a new settlement, all the infrastructure required. There are spill overs into Ockham and East and West Horsley. Objections must be in by the end of the month and we shall be objecting vigorously.
You can respond to the Consultation if you have any connection with the Borough, including, for example, using it for any leisure purpose.
You can write a letter to:
Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB
There is a questionnaire that can be filled out online, but some questions appear to be loaded and any respondent must be wary. There is a website set up by activists wanting to save the Green Belt within Guildford Borough which can be found at: www.surreygreenbelt.org
Another threat to our Green Belt is the proposed new Free Secondary School to be constructed on Green Belt land owned by Burhill Park Estates, together with hundreds of houses (exact number not known), no doubt to finance the construction of the school and provide a return to Burhill.
This proposed development, we believe of some 60 acres and of a similar size to the motorway service station, will be near Elveden Road off the Fairmile, Portsmouth Road and on the Cobham side of the Fairmile Hotel. The developers, Cala Homes, are holding a consultation for the public on Thursday the 28th Nov 2013 between 12 noon and 8pm at the Gospel Hall at 115a Anyards Road, Cobham KT11 2LJ. We would advise all those interested, both for and against to go along and see their proposals. For more details visit www.cala.co.uk/cobham