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The Local Plan - Draft (Reg. 19) 

- Consultation Period expired

02nd September 2016

The consultation period for responses to the Local Plan expired on 18th July 2016; your Society having made its views known to GBC. GSOC supports the Council in its determination to have a new Local Plan. That support is not blind and nor should it be taken as a planning equivalent of a blank cheque.
The Society is absolutely adamant that it must be a good, sound, workable plan that preserves the good, regenerates the brownfield, makes an adequate judgement of need and seeks to provide for that need.

Whilst supportive of the stated intention, The Society is very nervous about the proposed structure of the Local Plan whereby land allocations are made at the outset, where timings are targeted towards infrastructure delivery, and where such control of the pipeline may not be controllable in that way over the course of the Plan.

Whilst recognising the need for Guildford, where possible and subject to very real constraints, to provide sufficient housing to meet our needs, we do not have faith in the West Surrey SHMA (for Guildford, Waverley and Woking) prepared by GL Hearn for the combined commissioning authorities.

The Society has studied the SHMA, (Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment) has observed the evidence, has read the analysis prepared for the Guildford Residents’ Associations (‘GRA’) by Neil McDonald (June 2016) and has studied the census and ONS data.We have concluded that there is a very high likelihood that the SHMA substantially overstates the Objective Assessment of Need. Consequently, the Society believes our Objective Assessment of Need (‘OAN’) is in the region of 510 homes per year, and that this should be the basis of the Local Plan rather than the 693 proposed.

The full content of the Society’s response can be seen in the articles below