It doesn’t seem like only mid-August when a mountain of draft Local Plan materials were published by Guildford Borough Council [GBC] and made available to residents. Many man-hours of reading and digesting hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of words were in prospect and I wasn’t disappointed.
Then the next moment, the draft documents were superceded by the official ones. Formats were changed, content removed and rewritten – not for the faint-hearted. Then there was the questionnaire. Forty-one questions, twenty-eight of which offer a multi-choice battery, all to be cross-referred to the “evidence” documents, all twenty seven of them. How was a simple resident who only wanted a quiet life in a pleasant Surrey village in the Green Belt supposed to cope with this, especially when the strategy I’m supposed to consult on threatens to double the size of my village and make it a building site for the next ten years?
According to the Department of Communities and Local Government [DCLG] its “statutory consultation” and us residents have been given 8 weeks to respond by the the Local Planning Authority [LPA]. Anyone would think GBC didn’t wan’t me to reply, just let it roll over me, let the developers they’ve been talking to behind closed doors for the last 5 years do it to me and my fellow residents.
Let’s be polite, its the English way. They’ve had their chance, now I have mine and so do all my neighbours. Bring it on.