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Letters about planning July to December 2016

Mar 2018

THE PLANNING GROUP

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

1 July to 31 December 2016

During 2016 the Planning Group consisted of John Baylis, Gordon Bridger, Amanda Mullarkey, David Ogilvie, Martin Taplin, Anthony Umney and John Wood.  In addition 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 final six months of 2016 there were 1,168 planning applications recorded at GBC.  We sifted through these applications and looked in detail at 83 of them over this period.  The Group wrote 29 letters to the Head of Planning Services on a wide range of individual planning applications. 

As usual, the most applications in a single category we wrote about was about signs, mainly hanging or projecting, in and around the High Street Conservation Area.   We wrote 7 such letters either because we considered they were too large or because the proposal was that they should be internally illuminated.  In the period under review 4 applications were approved and 3 were refused.

Of the remaining 22 applications to which we made comment 2 were letters in support, 3 of the applications were withdrawn, 11 were refused and 6 were approved.  Seven appeals were submitted against these refused applications – a very significant and unprecedented proportion.  However only one appeal was successful and the remaining six were dismissed.   This shows a good record of decision making by GBC on the applications where we wrote objecting to the proposals. Sometimes some of the withdrawn applications are subsequently resubmitted after amendments have been made.

Click here - for full report on letters written

Click here- Summary of Outcomes

Click here - Summary in Graphical Form of Letters Written