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Dragon Interview: Local Plan Review Decision – Council Leader Joss Bigmore

Published on: 7 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 8 Apr, 2022

Cllr Joss Bigmore

GBC’s decision to delay a formal review of the Local Plan will have come as a disappointment to many Residents for Guildford and Villages supporters. But does our borough council have any effective say on significant planning matters?

Council leader Joss Bigmore was keen to explain his position, while recognising the spilt in his own party.

Dragon editor Martin Giles asks him if he feels he has let his supporters down.

Where does Cllr Bigmore think responsibility lies for the situation and why can’t Guildford be in the vanguard of resistance like Mole Valley council?

He also explains how he sees the next steps in relation to the Local Plan. Please watch the interview…

See also: Opinion – Who Cares What Guildford Borough Residents Want?

Council Accepts Legal Advice Not to Risk a Formal Review of the Local Plan

Dragon Interview: Cllr Catherine Young on Decision to Delay Local Plan Review

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Responses to Dragon Interview: Local Plan Review Decision – Council Leader Joss Bigmore

  1. Jules Cranwell Reply

    April 7, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    This is unforgivable. R4GV had ample time between the adoption of the plan and the election to admit they would not try to do anything to review the plan.

    They need to man up and scrap the plan now. If not, they will be punished at the next election. Can they please now be honest and rename their party to Residents for Guildford (R4G) only? They’ve done nothing for the villages. And will those R4G councillors who care for our villages please now cross the floor to GGG, which is the only party committed to the protection of our green belt?

    If not, we will need to have the eastern villages secede from Guildford Borough and join our neighbour Elmbridge which has sacrificed precisely zero green belt.

  2. Valerie Thompson Reply

    April 10, 2022 at 10:04 am

    The review should have been done immediately after the last election. But what is worse is the approval by GBC planning committee of large developments when there have been over one hundred objections to the applications. Even without reviewing the Local Plan these vast expansions of the small villages around Guildford could have been refused.

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