Analysis of the planning crisis

Wisley is the biggest of four main sites in the green belt earmarked by Guildford council’s draft local plan, which together account for 58% of its proposed 13,860 new homes by 2033. They also include Blackwell Farm, next to the Hog’s Back, part of the North Downs, from which Jane Austen wrote that she had never seen the country “so advantageously” — but where the expanding University of Surrey plans to build 1,800 homes. The local response? Residents storming out of planning meetings with cries of “Shame on you”, and about 32,000 comments from 6,000 individuals on the local plan in July — among the highest in the country for such consultations.

This is the new green-belt inkblot test: do you see fields worth saving or development opportunity?
 
That does not include the “long-term strategic” land banks, which consist mostly of options on plots that developers do not own and where the planning process is yet to start. The big three housebuilders say they have almost 280,000 such plots lined up, but 
many more are unreported.
“Land that could be developed is stitched up with no transparency,” says Toby Lloyd, head of policy at the housing charity Shelter. “We don’t know how big a problem land banking is because it is such a murky market.”
 

 

 


2017 Guildford Local Plan

Guildford’s NEW local Plan has just opened for consultation. PLEASE RESPOND before 24th July 2017.  GGG has published its responses to Local Plan Policies here 


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