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Letter: The North Street Decision Is a Travesty

Published on: 15 Jan, 2023
Updated on: 15 Jan, 2023

A developer’s impression of how the scheme might have looked. Image St Edwards.

From: Michel Harper

In response to: I Am Horrified – the Deputy Leader Wants Developer to Appeal Against His Own Council

The decision taken by the Liberal Democrat members of GBC’s Planning Committee was a travesty for the people of Guildford. I was led to understand that the Lib Dems were working in partnership with R4GV.

The refusal of £150 million investment into Guildford whilst in an economic down turn is a travesty and ridiculous beyond words. We have lost the opportunity of building 450 homes on a brownfield site in a slum area of Guildford. It would have been an enormous benefit to the town. Those living and working in the new community would bring new leisure and business opportunities.

Life is a progression, moving forward so the young can benefit from what the elders have tried their best to leave.

There were no good reasons for the refusal which will prove to be a huge mistake made by the Liberal Democrats and a sad day for all Guildfordians and businesses that have waited 35 years to see some progress.

Maybe it’s time for younger representation in local government or an elected mayor?

This was a bad, unworthy decision. I hope the people  of Guildford will remember it each time they pass the waste land in the centre of town and raise up in opposition.

Cllr Bigmore was correct to recall the advice from the council’s own QC reminding the Planning Committee of the officers’ recommendation and the stating the recondition of the evidence. The decision to refuse was indefensible and may well cost the the council if costs are awarded against them at appeal.

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Responses to Letter: The North Street Decision Is a Travesty

  1. Barry Williams Reply

    January 15, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Would Michel Harper care to share with Dragon readers his own plans for high rise buildings on his Casino site?

  2. Sally Trickett Reply

    January 15, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    It’s no surprise that Michel Harper is disappointed. After all, he has long wanted planning permission to make money out of the sites he owns with high-rise buildings.

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