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Dragon Interview: GBC Reaction to the Government’s Expected Decision to Relax Housing Targets

Published on: 7 Dec, 2022
Updated on: 9 Dec, 2022

Cllr Joss Bigmore

Yesterday’s news that the government was going to soften its policy on housing targets might have a significant impact on future developments in the borough.

Further details are needed before the consequences can be fully evaluated but we wanted to get a reaction from the borough council whose job it is to approve or refuse planning applications.

Planning, and specifically the Local Plan, has been a very controversial issue, especially in those areas of the borough most affected.

Cllr Joss Bigmore (R4GV, Christchurch), who was leader of the council until October when he handed over to Lib Dem Julia McShane under their power-sharing partnership, was nominated to be interviewed and Martin Giles took advantage of his time by asking him some questions in his role as R4GV leader…

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Responses to Dragon Interview: GBC Reaction to the Government’s Expected Decision to Relax Housing Targets

  1. Brian Creese Reply

    December 10, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    How extraordinary that Cllr Bigmore seems unaware that Guildford Labour Party is already campaigning vigorously to win seats in next year’s local elections.

    We have been highlighting that recent boundary changes mean tactical voting no longer makes any sense in Guildford. There is no need to vote Lib Dem to keep out the Tories since most town centre seats will be straightforward fights between Labour and the Lib Dems.

    Cllr Bigmore really should get out more and see our placard lines, community campaigns, leafletting and door-knocking session all across the borough.

    Brian Creese is the chair of Guildford Labour

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