News Bulletin – 7th February 2012

Thank you to everyone who responded to our requests for help in previous newsletters.

As we all know there is a potential planning application for some 450 houses by Bewley Homes hanging over us on the fields bordered by Ash Lodge Drive, Manor Road, The old railway track and South Lane. The outline planning application for this site has not yet been submitted but could go into Guildford Borough Council as early as March.

We now have news of two further planning applications, one potential and one in progress.

The new potential application is by Taylor Wimpey to build between 50 and 65 houses on a site in Ash Green Lane West adjacent to Manor Road. Taylor Wimpey has advised nearby residents that they will hold a Public Exhibition at the Tongham Community Centre, Poyle Road, on Friday February 24th from 2pm to 8pm.

When Bewley Homes held a similar event last year over 1,000 angry residents turned up to voice their opinion and demonstrate that there would be serious resistance to their plans. It would be nice to think that the same would apply this time! Don’t forget that if one developer gets their foot in the door, then the rest will follow.

The second new development that has surfaced is The Croft, in Foreman Road. This is smaller than the other two, but nevertheless is important. The developer in this case has already lodged the planning application (No. 12/P/00157) with Guildford Borough Council Planning Department and therefore there is some urgency in registering your opinion. If you click on this link http://bit.ly/wJhO2u it will take you to the planning application details on the GBC website, where you can add your comments. To do this there is on that page a “Consultation” link which goes to a page titled “Consultees for Planning Application” and midway down that page is another link “Comment on this application online here” which allows you to leave a comment online.

If you can spare half an hour to help ASHRA on February 24th between 2pm and 8pm at the Tongham Community Centre we urge you to do so.

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