The CONSULTATION ON THE 1st DRAFT OF THE LOCAL PLAN HAS STARTED
It will run for 12 weeks until 22 September
This is the opportunity to change the plan – after the consultation period, the plan will be modified in the Autumn.
Although there will be a 2nd draft of the Local Plan, the chance of changing things at that stage is small, and modifications will be minor. So it will be really important to participate in that consultation over the summer.
Whatever you think, please do express a view. You can do so on the formal consultation links to Guildford Borough Council; by email; by letter; or by going to the consultation centre at Swan Lane and expressing your view.
If you do express a view, please keep a record, and check that the consultation process correctly interprets your view and reflects it. If not, there will in due course be a consultation with a Planning Inspector. There will be an opportunity to engage in the process through the planning enquiry but not all respondents will have the right to express a view, so do write during the summer .
THE FIRST CONSULTATION ENDED IN NOVEMBER, but some of the information may be useful, so we are keeping this on the site for the next stage.
The responses to your views in the Issues and Options Consultation are available on the GBC website, so you can look at these and check that your views have been accurately recorded.
In terms of addressing other matters, including errors that you may identify in the evidence base (which they are supposed to correct), the following may be useful:
The email address is
Planning Policy PlanningPolicy@guildford.gov.uk
Specimen letters from the Issues and Options Consultation are included below. These may still be useful in order to prompt your own ideas, and to give you an outline of the sort of things that you might want to say in your own letter. Please do try to put this into your own words – Carol Humphrey, Head of Planning, has said that duplicate letters will be “binned”, so do please rephrase even if you agree with the ideas.
Please note; some letters have had personal information such as names and addresses removed in order to respect the anonymity of the writer.
Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Response to GBC
BCARA_response_to_questionnaire – REVISED
Letter from a resident who has lived in the area for 35 years
A letter from Gomshall resident
7 good reasons
Questions 21, 30 and 23. – this letter is especially helpful for answering the key points in you letters if you have limited time
Professor Harrap’s letter
Dr Weston’s letter