Latest report from Wisley Action Group: Thursday 19 October, we heard the closing submissions of WAG/OPC, the Horsleys, Ripley PC, Cobham Heritage and Conservation Trust, and Highways England. All are in agreement with GBC that the Inspector has to recommend to the Secretary of State that the appeal is dismissed. Our closing statement is here https://gallery.mailchimp.com/15acb9a1229fe51c996c4cfce/files/2287751c-8f62-4b0c-a7a9-e0c487ad6763/Wisley_WAG_closing_final.pdf - it is well worth a read - we demolish the appellant's argument and state that continued inclusion of the site in the local plan will render the local plan unsound [this comes from our QC, Richard Harwood, who is the only QC on the government's Local Plan Expert Group].
Other rule 6 parties also did an amazing job adding a variety of reasons why this proposal is the wrong proposal in the wrong location.
Guildford followed, maintaining their objection on green belt grounds but clearly not having listened to or incorporated the experts' advice (rule 6 parties and the appellant's) on heritage, transport, air quality and ecology.... they rely on "expert" reports commissioned for the local plan including the sustainability assessment by AECOM and the infamous Green Belt and Countryside Study by Pegasus, both documents already largely ridiculed by many local residents.
Tomorrow, Friday, we have the pleasure of an 0900 start to accommodate 5 hours of the appellant's QC's closing statement - the fact that it's trailed at 5 hours says something about the number of hurdles he needs to jump. This will be followed by the costs applications (currently numbering 3) which will certainly be at least 4 by tomorrow, - this section will take a short period of time.
It is likely that we will finish by 1500.
On Tuesday the site visit will take place, we're still discussing the details.... likely to be 1000 start - the Ockham Lane entrance to the site will be open. All are welcome BUT - no dogs - and bring wellingtons as the tour involves Muddy Lane which is almost impassable already.
Thanks to each and every rule 6 party who have supported us through this ordeal. Thanks too to all who have turned up at the appeal. We are especially grateful to each and every person who has contributed to our costs - our decision to hire the legal team and experts we did has certainly been worthwhile, in spades, and we hope that we have done enough to knock this on the head for the foreseeable future.
We do not anticipate any news from the Secretary of State before the New Year at the earliest - it will be extremely interesting to see Guildford's reaction to closing statements and see whether they continue with the current trajectory of the local plan.
Here is the link to GBC's page www.guildford.gov.uk/wisleyairfieldpi