WAG Response to GBC Green Belt and Countryside study

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GBC have released the latest part of their Green Belt and Countryside study. 

It Includes a 7 page analysis [7mb .pdf download] of whether Three Farms Meadows (the former Wisley Airfield) is suitable as a Potential Major Development Area (PMDA) of around 4,000 people.

Their conclusion is that it does – if they use the limits set out in the map above. This means they will absorb Bridge End Farm and all properties down onto that part of Ockham Lane – which will require the purchase of additional land.

WAG has a number of objections to the conclusions here. Most notably..

1. The air quality is already so poor that the nearest sensor to the site is in breach of EU limits which not only affects human health but also affects the SPA protected heathland and the plants at the RHS.

2. The development is not sustainable because the roads are already clogged up so the idea of providing buses to jobs in Guildford  an unrealistic option, and narrow local roads can’t handle more cars

More broadly, there’s a huge effort in this document to argue that a settlement would not interfere with a number of the purposes of the Green Belt. Which misses the point. It is Green Belt. Buildling on it, is taking away the Green Belt. There is plenty of land in the urban area which can accommodate large numbers of dwellings,  but despite the city centre being in desperate need to regeneration GBC continues to want to ruin the countryside.