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Planning Letters – Jan to June 2015

Feb 2016

During 2014 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 6 months of 2015 there were 1,199 planning applications recorded at GBC. We sifted through these applications and looked in detail at 87 of them over this period. The Group wrote 29 letters to the Head of Planning Services on a wide range of individual planning applications.

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 11 such letters (10 in the previous six months) either because we considered they were too large (there is a general presumption that the maximum size should be no larger than 600mm x 600mm) or because the proposal was that they should be internally illuminated (GBC policy precludes such illumination in this area). The officers in GBC agreed with us most of the time and thus, of those 11 applications, 4 were approved, 3 were approved only after amendments were made to the size and/or illumination to accord with our concerns and 4 were refused.

Letters Written Full Text-click here

Summary of Outcomes -click here