Here is a link to a blog which may be of interest http://planninglawblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/inappropriate-development-in-green-belt.html – Legal notes – planning law blog
Published on 94.6 Eagle Radio
29th November 2013
(Updated 5:41pm 29th November 2013)
“Fighting for Guildford’s greenbelt, hundreds of people from Ockham, Albury, Horsley, the Hogs Back area and other villages have marched through Guildford.
They are concerned thousands of houses could be built on greenbelt land around the borough.
It is in response to the draft Local Plan – which has an option to look at removing the greenbelt status in some areas.
Susan Parker is from Shere: “Absolutely beautiful, idyllic, typical chocolate box villages, are due to have suburbia built all-round the edge.
“It’s not about being ‘NIMBY’S’, my back yard is not the issue here.
“It’s about the fact that I don’t want the greenbelt to turn into Croydon.”
Susan tells Eagle the campaigners feel betrayed by the council:
“Most of the people here are conservative voters, who have voted for this council, and this government.
“They’re angry, they feel betrayed.
“This countryside which we care enormously about, which for us represents England, and everything we care about, is just being attacked.”
Tony Edwards lives in Ockham: “Once it’s gone, it is gone. It is not going to be coming back at some later date.
“Once you have built all over it, once you have laid the concrete, that is it, it is gone.
“And furthermore, it is not ours to give away, we have it on loan from our Grandchildren.
“We are all worried about the wholesale removal of greenbelt status from so many Guildford villages, if you look at the document there is a massive removal of greenbelt status.
“If we let this sort of proposal a reality, Guildford will no longer be a nice place to live, it will be a nice place to leave.”
But Guildford Borough Council says the campaigners are misinformed and it reiterates no decisions have been made.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Local people who are suggesting that the Council are proposing to ‘concrete over the green belt’ are misinformed. We are consulting on the issues and options facing the borough until 2031.
“No decisions have been taken about the level of development, or where it will go.
“The Government requires us to consider sites across the borough for potential future development, but our priority will be to look at brownfield sites first.”
About 250 people met at the train station, marched to the council offices at Millmead, and handed in a petition to the council.
They were chanting, holding placards and singing ‘Jerusalem.'”
BREAKING NEWS- DEBATE TO BE HELD 12/12/13
This e-petition has received over 1000 e-signatories and therefore exceeds the 500 signature threshold to trigger a debate on the issue at a full Council meeting.
This matter will therefore be debated at the meeting of the Council to be held on Thursday 12 December 2013. The meeting will start at 7.00pm and will be held in the Council Chamber here at Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB. Members of the public are welcome to attend all of our meetings. However, the meeting will also be webcasted live via our website:
The agenda for the meeting will be published on Wednesday 4 December 2013. You will be able to view the agenda on our website:
At the meeting, councillors will debate the e-petition and will decide how to respond to it. Details of the Council’s formal response to the e-petition will be sent to all e-signatories after the meeting.
As the e-petition is going to be debated at full Council on 12 December, we have agreed with the e-petition organiser (Helen Jefferies) that we will close the e-petition on Tuesday 10 December 2013.
If you have any queries about the Council meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Coverage of todays march with a video at the bottom;
Coverage from Guildford Dragon;
Coverage from Eagle Radio;
Just uploaded onto the website- a letter written by Tim Harrold
(Chairman of CPRE Surrey Guildford District & Advisory member of the Surrey Hills AONB Board ) to Guildford borough council.
The Horsley Campaign group are organising a protest this Friday (29th November).
Please see the quote below from Jules Cranwell for information regarding the protest. Please try and join the protest if you can.
I suggest we muster at Guildford station at 13:30, to arrive at Millmead for 14:00. Those diving can park at the station car park, and join. We’ll be joined by contingents from Fairlands, Ripley, East End and hopefully other action groups (including Shere, Gomshall & Abinger) , with plenty of placards and banners. Some will meet us at Millmead at 14:00 .Placards etc can be ordered from http://savehorsley.weebly.com/contact.html
Contact Jules or Carolyn on 01483 284109 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 01483 284109 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting. When ordering please confirm which banner design 1-6 . Orders to be placed first thing Tuesday morning 26th Nov.
There will be a group from Save Shere and Gomshall and we will meet in that car park too. If you want to bring a banner or a badge then we will see each other and can group around that.
See the Horsley post here
The Guildford Dragon has published a report on the Green belt threat meeting held on the 22nd of November in Shere Village hall.
The councillors seem very convinced that we need to build on the Green Belt, but as far as we can see the evidence for this is lacking in the Guildford Borough Council report.
In fact, even in the GBC report – if you look at the detail – there seems to be enough brownfield land to meet reasonable needs for the 15 years of the plan. So it is not clear why GBC want to build on green fields.
You can read the report of the meeting here here
TIME IS RUNNING OUT
We only have until 29th of November to send our letters in. Please try and write a letter answering questions 21 and 30 if you can. There is an excellent example of a letter answering these questions here.
Attend the Shere Parish council meeting
This is on Friday 22 November at 7.30pm in Shere village hall. Please come. You can also write to the parish council and express a view.
Our Parish councillors are the lowest tier of local government. As such they have a legal right to express a view which must be taken into account in planning matters. We need to tell them what our views are so that they can be taken into account. Historically we haven’t bothered doing this so the local councillors express their own views.
In our parish, unlike some others, they are not representative because they are nominated not elected, because they are unopposed. They need to remember that – as with the borough councillors – they represent us and they have to understand our views.