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Letter: Who Does Support Major Housing Developments in Guildford Borough?

Published on: 14 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 14 Jul, 2020

From Lisa Wright

In response to: Very Few Residents Want Wisley Airfield Developed

It’s very difficult to ascertain who supports these “strategic” developments anywhere in the borough.

Residents west of Guildford have been told that the whole of the eastern part of the borough wants to smother Ash and Tongham with houses, and vice versa. It would be interesting to know who has told Mr Cole that rumour as I suspect it didn’t come from a resident or anyone involved in saving our countryside.

In Worplesdon, we were told that if we didn’t support the Blackwell Farm development then we would see hundreds of houses built surrounding Fairlands and Wood Street. None of this is actually true but was well rumoured at the Local Plan consultations.

From their own personal experiences, residents across Ash and Tongham can see the type of development being allowed by GBC, whether affordable housing is being provided and NPPF [National Planning Policy Framework] guidelines on flooding, heritage etc followed.

Bear in mind the reality of these developments when reading the glossy brochures for Wisley.

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Responses to Letter: Who Does Support Major Housing Developments in Guildford Borough?

  1. Jim Allen Reply

    July 14, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Anyone who has decided that new villages are the way forward has not learned from history, ie consortium developments proposed for five new towns in the 1980s. All five were rejected and Nick Ridley’s (the minister considered responsible) effigy was burnt in Eversley.

    New villages do not make sense for many reasons unless you are starting with a blank canvas and these are simply not available in the UK.

  2. Michael Nicholson Reply

    July 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Very few wanted Dunsfold Airfield (a beautiful spot) to become a new town but it is to be. The country is simply being covered in concrete and, in Dunsfold’s case, minimal infrastructure enhancements.

  3. Ben Paton Reply

    July 15, 2020 at 8:04 am

    It is time to “take back control” from the national political parties which have sold local people and local interests down the river on the back of intellectually dishonest policies and processes.

    Local planning has been driven by political horsetrading, not by sustainability.

  4. Stuart Barnes Reply

    July 15, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Until large-scale immigration is prevented it will not be possible to avoid what is left of our green and pleasant land being concreted over.

    Once we have really got out of the EU, (preferably on WTO terms by “Independence Day” 1/1/21), it will be necessary to put pressure on our politicians to live up to their promises.

    However, I am not overconfident that we can rely on them.

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