Guildford council has published the following statement on their website:
Local residents hand in petition
“We are consulting on the issues and options facing the borough for the growth we know is needed for current and future generations. 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. Local people who are suggesting that the Council is proposing to ‘concrete over the green belt’ have misinterpreted the consultation.
Unfortunately, there is also a misconception that development in some areas of the borough, such as the Horsleys, Fairlands and the Hogs Back, is definite and in the pipeline. No decisions have been taken about the level of development, or where it will go.
Today, a large group of approximately 150 local people accompanied the presentation of a petition, to show the Council their strength of feeling about the borough’s future. The full Council considers any petitions with over 500 signatures from borough residents. We will let people know at which meeting in the New Year this will be discussed.
Sue Sturgeon, Managing Director of Guildford Borough Council, says: “People are passionate about where they live and work, they have every reason to be and every right to make their views known to us. This is all part of local democracy and we welcome everyone’s contributions to help shape the future – and their feedback on important issues between 2015 and 2031. That is what this stage of consultation on the new Local Plan is all about.
“We have been impressed and delighted with the number and variety of comments we have received from organisations and individuals within our community. We are now going to spend time reviewing these responses and starting to draft the new Local Plan.
“There will be continuing consultation with the public at every stage. Not everyone will be happy with all of the outcomes, and we recognise that there are some very strongly held views about some of the options that we may need to consider.
“However, as our population grows, we must accommodate the increasing needs of our community and the next generation. It must be a priority to provide decent and affordable homes for workers and people of all ages. Young people also need employment and more opportunities to work and live here, rather than move away.”
We will publish the results of this consultation online early in 2014. We will also make them available to view elsewhere and publish regular updates on the next stage of developing the Local Plan”
Published on 29 November 2013
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