As the consultation came to a close last week, Anne Milton MP welcomed Guildford Borough Council giving more time to consider the Local Plan.
The borough-wide consultation on the Draft Local Plan, which outlines sites for the building of 652 homes each year until 2031, closed last week. The consultation had been open for 12 weeks to give residents the opportunity to respond.
Anne said: "I am grateful to all my constituents who have taken the time to respond to the Draft Local Plan Consultation. I have heard the views of hundreds of my constituents, from residents’ associations, parish councils and campaign groups. I have listened to my constituents concerns and I know that what they now want is Guildford Borough Council to listen to their views. I am delighted that Guildford Borough Council have extended the timetable for the local plan. This is the blueprint for the next 20 years. Where people have raised objections, questioned the evidence base, questioned assumptions – what’s critical is that we have a proper conversation about these issues. If we need more houses, there has to be a discussion of why we need them. In my view, what is missing from the Local Plan is a clear vision. What do we want Guildford to look like and feel like in 20 years’ time?"
In due course, all the submissions including Anne’s submission will be available on the website. Keep a look out on the following link: http://guildfordlocalplan.info/ for updates.