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Letter: We Should Expect The Same ‘GBC Treatment’ of the Debenham’s Site

Published on: 11 Dec, 2020
Updated on: 11 Dec, 2020
From: Lisa Wright

Why the big fuss about the Debenhams site? I see no reason why the Debenhams site should get preferential treatment from councillors.

An art centre? How many other sites have included anything remotely resembling anything arty? Retail? No, we have enough boarded-up shops. Hospitality? Guildford already has a hefty number of theatres, cafes, pubs and clubs.

Let’s mirror what seems to happen on every other building site in the area …

First, let’s cut all the trees down and make way for the diggers. Then, let’s have a plan that maximises the amount of homes for the site, the bigger the better.

And we won’t worry about the impact on the nearby neighbours either. Yes, it will probably ruin the look of our lovely river (I don’t think it has a special protection), kill most of the wildlife around it for many years and pollute the ground.

While we’re at it, we can cause traffic mayhem by expecting all the new cars to clutter that part of a major junction. Don’t build any new schools and I wouldn’t worry too much about the extra medical care and utility needs of the future.

Protection of older, listed buildings? Surely we should just ignore that too.

If it floods, oh well, we can say we did consult on it.

There won’t be anything affordable, the viability clause will put an end to all that nonsense.

So, let’s treat the Debenhams site just the same as every other large site in the area and push through a hoard of expensive executive housing to the detriment of anything else.

If not, then I expect to see all the other sites treated with an equal focus and respect, perhaps starting with the fields and AONB of Blackwell Farm.

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Responses to Letter: We Should Expect The Same ‘GBC Treatment’ of the Debenham’s Site

  1. Ross Connell Reply

    December 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    A typical Nimby response. The Debenham building is ideally suited to housing albeit I’d rather it would be a mix of affordable association housing for rent and rent/buy. But realistically its situation and existing underground car parking make it so suitable for property development.

  2. Sue Warner Reply

    December 13, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I totally agree. No doubt we’ll get an awful skyscraper because the council want to grab as much money as possible without any consideration of aesthetics, without consideration of the historic nature of Guildford. It is the historic character that attracts visitors it is no longer the retail offering.

  3. Geoff Sheldon Reply

    December 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    What a great opportunity to rectify the previous council’s disastrous decision to create traffic mayhem by allowing Aldi to build a store in Burpham. This is a far more suitable site.

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