On Tuesday 30 October the GBC Executive Committee Meeting voted for making a bid to gain government ‘Garden Village’ status for former Wisley Airfield (SIte A35 in the Local Plan).
Matt Furniss Deputy Leader, stated, that if this status is secured it will not only bring in funds but allow the Council to stipulate guidelines on the style of development. This is important as the previous planning application for development at Wisley had not been acceptable and had been refused.
Not all the committee spoke in favour and Cllr Colin Cross, Ockham and Wisley and Cllr David Reeve, Clandon and Horsley, voiced their opinions against the bid and on the controversial timing of the report being issued at the last minute. They were also disappointed by Cllr Reeves’ decision not to call in the bid to the Overview & Scrutiny committee.
Read more at Guildford Dragon.
Quote from the GBC Director of Planning and Regeneration report:
The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) has published a new Prospectus for their Garden Communities Programmes requesting submission of bids for ambitious, locally led garden villages. The emerging Local Plan is in its advanced stages of preparation and now carries considerable weight. The Local Plan includes a number of strategic sites, of which a new settlement at the former Wisley Airfield (site allocation policy A35) is one.
Given the stage of the Local Plan and the proposals for the new settlement at Wisley Airfield, which aligns with the garden village principles, it is considered appropriate to submit a bid as part of this round of garden village bids. Securing Wisley Airfield garden village (WAGV) status would enable increased funding opportunities and set a high benchmark for design quality for future development. The deadline for submission of bids is 9 November 2018.
Read the GBC report here.