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Letters written about planning applications Jan to June 2016

Mar 2017

Report on the letters the group has written to Guildford Borough Council about planning applications submitted during the period

1 January to 30 June 2016



During 2016 the Planning Group has consisted of John Baylis, Gordon Bridger, Amanda Mullarkey, David Ogilvie, Martin Taplin, Anthony Umney and John Wood.  Ian Macpherson has been invaluable as a corresponding member.


The Planning Group has continued to meet every three weeks at the Guildford Borough Council (“GBC”) offices.  


During the first six months of 2016 there were 1,405 planning applications recorded at GBC.  This is possibly a record number of applications in a six month period.   There have been many very minor applications and it begs the question whether the planning system is over complicated and, in some cases, strictly necessary.  It should be possible to streamline the system and requirements so that not all these applications require so much time spent in dealing with them through the medium of the planning system.  There appears to have been a proliferation of applications for Certificates of Lawfulness and perhaps this has made a difference to the number of applications we are currently seeing.  We sifted through these applications and looked in detail at 95 of them over this period.  The Group wrote 45 letters to the Head of Planning Services on a wide range of individual planning applications.  This means we wrote about nearly half the applications we looked at – is the quality of applications submitted falling?

Full Report click here

Summary of Outcomes click here

The Planning Group meets every 3 weeks

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