Catch up on the latest news, issues and events regarding Guildford Greenbelt Group.
“When I arrived in the job in the 1980s, the big banks were in control of London,” he says. “But now it’s the big house-builders. We’ve gone from being ruled by Barclay’s bank to being controlled by Berkeley homes.”Left unchecked, the banks went off the rails in spectacular fashion, as they sprayed money into the great mortgage mirage. And now property developers have been allowed to follow suit. Fuelled by the dazzling wealth of investors from Russia, China and the Middle East, who they turned to when the banks stopped lending, their steroidal schemes are causing irreparable harm to our cities. Authorities are allowing planning policies to be continually flouted, affordable housing quotas to be waived, height limits breached, the interests of residents endlessly trampled.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales said there was a “lack of clarity” over the role of local enterprise partnerships, which have been created to help to devolve power and funding away from Whitehall and towards the regions.
At the recent Merrow Residents Association AGM Conservative Councillor Graham Ellwood misjudged the mood of Guildford borough completely when he asserted that we should build on Wisley's Greenbelt land at Three Farms Meadows.
June Spencer OBE – the actress who plays Peggy Woolley (previously Peggy Archer) in BBC Radio 4’s “The Archers” has agreed to be Patron of GGG’s campaign group.
Susan Parker, Chair of GGG, will be standing for Parliament in the General Election. The problems within the planning system are national, not just local.
GGG lifts the lid on what the Community Infrastructure Levy proposals by Guildford Borough Council might mean to residents, showing predetermination and an effort by the council to force new housing out of the town onto precious green fields while make the town centre a congested and polluted commercial, industrial and retail hub.