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News Bulletin - 13th June 2012

This is a brief newsletter to update Ash Residents on the planning application for the conversion of The Croft into eight apartments and the erection of 31 dwellings (Application 12/P/00157).  ( http://bit.ly/wJhO2u )

The application was considered at yesterdays (12th June) meeting of Guildford Borough Council Planning Committee (GBCPC) and the committee decided that a site visit was required before any decision was made. The site visit will probably take place in the next few weeks with the application returned to the agenda for a future meeting.

Opening the discussion the Case Officer summerised the Planning Department's report in which they recommended approval subject to certain conditions. The full report can be found here ( http://bit.ly/LU9shM )

Two (the maximum allowed) Ash Green residents spoke objecting to the application and the developers agent spoke supporting the application. Councillor Marsha Moseley and Councillor Nick Sutcliffe the two Ash Councillors who are on the Planning Committee were absent from the meeting. Councillor Stephen Mansbridge, who is not on the Planning Committee was in attendance and was allowed to speak in his capacity as Councillor for Ash South & Tongham.

Councillor Mansbridge agreed with the worrying aspects of the application raised by the previous speakers, including increased road traffic accident risk and lack of adequate infrastructure. He went on to say that overall the development was not unfeasible but suggested a site visit was in order. Subsequently a site visit was agreed by the Planning Committee.

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