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Letter: Councillors Should Reject Local Plan Next Tuesday

Published on: 21 May, 2016
Updated on: 21 May, 2016

Revised Local Plan Jun 2016From Michael Aaronson

Isn’t the conclusion from Ben Paton’s argument in his letter: Conservative Councillors Should Not Just Defend Their Own Patch, that we want all Guildford Borough councillors, regardless of political complexion, to follow the good example in the views expressed by Cllr Bilbe and SCC Cllr Witham by rejecting the revised Local Plan they are being asked to approve for Regulation 19 public consultation?

They have the opportunity to do this on Tuesday (May 24) when the plan comes to the full council for sign off. This plan is not fit for purpose and councillors should not allow it go ahead.

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Responses to Letter: Councillors Should Reject Local Plan Next Tuesday

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    May 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Could not agree more.

  2. Harry Eve Reply

    May 21, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I agree. All councillors should vote against, mere abstention will not be enough. I would urge them to stand up to the Executive and and vote against.

    Despite what they claim they have ignored residents’ objections and broken promises made before the election in 2015.

  3. Jules Cranwell Reply

    May 21, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    Councillors of all stripes should do what they promised to do and defend the green belt by rejecting the latest version of the Local Plan.

    I am sure many want to.

  4. Simon Gimson Reply

    May 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Given the analysis done on the requirement for secondary school places – we don’t need any. There is a lot of unused capacity in Guildford, Ash and elsewhere. The Normandy site should be removed from the draft plan.

  5. Ramsey Nagaty Reply

    May 22, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    The revised Local Plan does not make any logical sense and appears to have been prepared before the traffic assessment or any approved budget for improved infrastructure.

    The council does not have a mandate to so substantially increase the size of the town or to build 70 per cent of the proposed housing on green belt, which Conservative councillors vowed to protect at the election.

    Councillors who claim that by accepting the plan they are stopping developers proceeding as they wish do not seem to be fully aware of the law and the special circumstances Guildford should be using to restrict the absurd number of houses proposed for a gap town.

  6. Lisa Wright Reply

    May 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I will write to my Councillors right now and ask them to vote against putting this ridiculous plan forward for consultation.

  7. Valerie Thompson Reply

    May 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

    It’s time the GBC councillors, who really meant their pre-election promises to protect the green belt, stopped saying, “Baa-baa,” and have the courage to say, “Boo!” In other words, stand up to the bullies and stand up for your beliefs; turn down this deeply flawed Local Plan.

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