Interesting story on Get Surrey about how Elmbridge council (which neighbours the proposed development) have responded. It’s not just that they have objected, but they have questionned the validity of the whole process.
Elmbridge Borough Council voted unanimously to raise an objection to the proposal at a West Area Planning Sub-Committee meeting on Monday evening (March 23).
It relates to an application submitted by Wisley Property Investments last December to build 2,100 homes on and around the airfield in Ockham, along with a primary school, nursery, health facility and shops.
Councillor Timothy Grey, representing Cobham Fairmile, believes the whole proposal has been “appallingly managed”.
He said: “I’ve tried to familiarise myself with the planning process of Guildford Borough Council, and if I thought we had problems in Elmbridge – Guildford is well behind everything that we have achieved.
“This is nonsense, and it feeds into the paranoia that this development is being pushed through for nefarious reasons.”
Cllr Grey questioned the lack of consultation from the neighbouring borough before the plans were submitted.
“I cannot understand why Guildford didn’t come to us in the beginning and say ‘We are thinking about doing this, what do you think?’,” Cllr Grey said.
“It is simply untenable – Guildford should have paid us the respect of coming and asking us. I urge them to get their house in order.”