A kindly compatriot pointed me to the documents received in response to the current planning application 14/P/00135 submitted to Guildford Borough Council [GBC] and in particular drew my attention to that of Natural England.
Natural England is the latest incarnation of English Nature (and others) established in October 2006. It is the non-departmental public body of the UK government responsible for ensuring that England’s natural environment, including its land, flora and fauna, freshwater and marine environments, geology and soils, are protected and improved. So it was a bit of a surprise to find them objecting to the proposed development of sixteen 4-bedroom executive homes at 140 Glaziers Lane, Normandy. Continue reading
Guildford Borough Council [GBC] and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] have a strongly intertwined relationship, with a former leader of Guildford Borough Council and a leading figure from University of Surrey sitting on it’s board. The council and the LEP have together created a shared Strategic Economic Plan [SEP] that is seeking funding from the EU (initially £38.54 million) and UK government sources (£70.00 million from the Local Growth Fund for housing alone) and further funding steams such as the New Homes Bonus (GBC received £1.5 million New Homes Bonus 2012/2013) plus others from the Homes & Communities Agency ). The funding streams are contingent on a growth strategy, stimulating employment and thereby driving local housing demand and potentially stimulating new house building. Continue reading