The leader of the Guildford Greenbelt Group - Susan Parker, calls on Guildford Borough Council to scrutinize the all-important housing number suggested by property consultants GL Hearne. Councillors however, rejected the proposal for reasons which will leave many residents open mouthed.
Setting a housing target for our borough is probably the most important decision Guildford Borough Council will take over the next decade. How many homes should we build?
The decision will affect how our borough looks and what it will be like to live in for the foreseeable future. There will be no going back.
At the council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee, last week, I proposed that the committee should scrutinize the assessment of housing need as set out in the the Strategic Housing Market Assessment or “SHMA” and the derived housing target.
That housing target will be used in the Local Plan. The next version, incorporating that target, will be published in draft form in April. Read More