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GBC Announcement re. proposal Wisley Airfield Garden Village - issued by GBC 31 October 2018

Wisley Airfield garden village bid could lead to important government funding and extra support

Last night (30 October) the Executive approved submitting a bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) national Garden Communities Programme to try and gain garden village status for the proposed settlement at Wisley Airfield.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “We must make the most of all opportunities for our borough and a successful bid would secure important government funding. This would help deliver the wider infrastructure and sustainable transport that our area needs, with extra cross government support, expert Homes England advice and improved design quality for a new garden community.”

Wisley Airfield is a strategic site proposed in our Local Plan and the independent Planning Inspector included a session specifically on this in his recent public hearings. He did not consider this site unsound or that it should be removed from the submitted Plan. Like all proposed sites, it will still be subject to the usual planning application process, with or without a successful garden village bid.

Cllr Spooner explains: “Strong local leadership, with support from strategic partners like Surrey County Council, will help deliver our long-term vision to balance new homes, jobs and a great environment for people across the borough. We also want to involve the local community in getting the best scheme possible and will make sure they are engaged during the design process.

"If we want to take advantage of the many benefits garden village status could bring, we must submit a bid by 9 November. Although Executive approval was not necessary for this decision, I wanted to have an open public debate, so this report came to the last meeting before the submission deadline. MHCLG want bids for ambitious, locally led garden villages. Wisley Airfield meets their criteria and will help provide a well-designed place with a range of quality homes, sustainable green space and integrated infrastructure.”


GBC latest communication on the Local Plan - 30 October 2018 

Local Plan – latest household figures could mean fewer homes with no extra greenbelt sites

Latest household projection figures could have major implications for our emerging Local Plan and potentially reduce the number of homes needed in the borough each year. 

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council says “We are very pleased that the Planning Inspector managing the independent examination of our Local Plan gave the Council an opportunity to comment on the implications of the latest household figures.

“We reviewed the new 2016-based projections, published by the Office of National Statistics(ONS) last month, and consider that they will have a significant impact on the number of homes needed across our borough. This could potentially reduce the total number of new homes each year to 562, compared with the total of 630 using the evidence available when we submitted our Local Plan.

Cllr Spooner adds: “Getting the right balance of sustainable places, jobs and growth that create opportunities for all our communities is essential. We think that the potential reduction in homes means that it is now possible to meet our borough’s housing need, without having to allocate any of the new greenbelt sites proposed in the recent main modifications and consultation.

“Our plan aims to achieve the best future for everyone, wherever they live or work in Guildford, supported by a great environment and the vital infrastructure we need. The new figures also have an impact on Woking’s unmet need and we consider it unjustified that our borough should have to accommodate any of Woking’s currently stated housing need.

“The Inspector has indicated that he will consider our latest documents and comments about the new ONS figures alongside the comments from the recent consultation. He also intends to hold a further public hearing to discuss the housing requirement and the possible implications arising from the latest household projections. We welcome this opportunity to help make sure we move forward to adopting the best Local Plan for our borough as soon as possible.”

Dates for the public hearing have not been finalised and more information will follow when arrangements are agreed with the Planning Inspector.

Our full response to the Inspector and his initial comment about these new household figures are available on our website at

The latest Local Plan public consultation, from 11 September to 23 October 2018, was targeted on just the main updates that we made at the Inspector's request, following this summer’s public hearings. The Inspector will review the comments before completing his examination and final recommendations to the Council.


West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - 22 November - Please vote!

West Horsley residents are being asked to vote on whether they would like the WHNP to be taken into account by Guildford Borough Council when deciding the outcome of planning applications in West Horsley. For more information, please see the West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan website.


WHPC response to latest Local Plan Consultation - PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS BY NOON ON TUESDAY 23 OCTOBER

Please find attached WHPC's response to the main modifications consultation to Guildford Borough Council's Local Plan. Since the latest version of the LP was published, the ONS has released new housing projection figures that are 40% lower than those used to calculate housing requirements in the Local Plan.

WHPC LP response October 2018


Guildford Residents Association comments on the latest Local Plan consultation - please respond by 23 October

Guildford Residents Association is urging residents impacted by the Guildford Borough Council draft local plan to respond to the latest consultation by 23 October. The revised housing need figures that have recently been issued mean such extensive Green Belt development is no longer justifiied. There is scope to remove some Green Belt sites and also scope to bring forward some sensitive town centre development in a timely way. 

Please see the attached document for more information

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Parish Cllr vacancies - please see attached notice

WHPC Parish Cllr vacancy notice October 2018


Half term fun for all the family! 

Guildford Borough Council has collated some useful information on activities for children and young people taking place in Guildford over the October half term. Details of playschemes, arts and crafts, sports activities, family days out and much more can be found on their website:

 GBC Announcement re Local Plan consultation, 5 September 2018  - Updated Local Plan – consultation on main changes starts 11 September

Help shape the borough’s future by commenting on the main modifications to our updated Local Plan in the next consultation, as agreed by the Executive at its meeting last night (4 September).

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “We continue to make progress in developing our new Local Plan to balance community needs and tackle local issues, wherever you live or work in our borough. The government's Planning Inspector found our plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during the recent public hearings, which form part of his independent examination. As with many other hearings, he recommended that we make some changes and consult on these before his conclusion and final report.

“Getting public feedback to the Inspector and the Council is another essential step in providing sustainable places to live and work, supported by vital infrastructure and a great environment. The latest Local Plan consultation is targeted on just the main updates that we have made at the Inspector's request. It gives everyone another opportunity to help shape the future by commenting on the changes we propose to achieve his interim recommendations. The Inspector can then review the comments before completing his examination and final recommendations to the Council.”

Get involved and be part of the plan

Here is a summary of how you can get involved in the public consultation.

We will also promote the latest details nearer the time and you can view more information about the new Local Plan at

During the consultation, from 12 noon on Tuesday 11 September - 12 noon on Tuesday 23 October, we will only be asking for comments about the main modifications to the plan.

These will be clearly shown in the Schedule of Main Modifications as tracked changes.  

Ways to view the documents and changes

During the consultation, copies of the Schedule of Main Modifications, the draft Local Plan with proposed modifications inserted and accompanying documents, including the representation form to submit written comments, will be available:

• to view on the Council’s website at
• for inspection at Guildford Borough Council offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB during office hours (excluding Bank Holidays).
• for inspection, during normal opening hours at Guildford Library, Ash Library, Horsley Library and Shere Diamond Jubilee Library.

Ways to submit written comments
Consultation feedback about the changes must be provided in writing and ideally via our representation form. Please ensure all comments clearly state and identify which main modification number they relate to in the Schedule of Main Modifications.

You can submit your written comments on the main modifications in a number of ways:

• online at
• email to
• post to: Planning Policy Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB



West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan - communication from GBC 

Consultation on a proposed modification to the West Horsley Neighbourhood Plan 

West Horsley Parish Council has submitted a Neighbourhood Plan to Guildford Borough Council. The Neighbourhood Plan has recently been examined by an independent examiner, who has recommended that a number of modifications are made to the plan before it goes out to a referendum of residents in the West Horsley Neighbourhood Area (West Horsley Parish).

 One of these recommendations represents a significant modification to the neighbourhood plan. The Council is consulting on this proposed modification only, between 30 July and 17 September 2018. This consultation is available to view on the Council’s consultation website [accessible at], where it is possible to find out more about the consultation and tell us your views on the proposed modification.

Paper copies of the consultation documents will be available during opening hours, throughout the consultation period, at the following locations:

  - Guildford Borough Council offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB

  - Guildford Library, 77 North Street, Guildford GU1 4AL

  - Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Rd S, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QR

 A neighbourhood plan is a document containing planning policies for a single neighbourhood area. If the plan is adopted, it will become part of the Development Plan for the borough and will help decide planning applications within the West Horsley Neighbourhood Area (West Horsley parish), along with the Council’s existing Local Plan and other considerations.


West Horsley in Bloom 2018 report - see Events pages


Wisley appeal decision - Appeal dismissed 

Please find attached combined document comprising the final decision letter, Inspector's Report and right to challenge advice note for the above named case.  


It will shortly be listed with previous decisions on the MHCLG website at

Wisley Airfield Decision June 2018

Updates available here:


Reaction from GBC...

 13 June 2018 - Council Leader reacts to Wisley Airfield planning appeal decision 

 Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “We are very pleased that the appeal about land at Wisley Airfield has been dismissed by the Secretary of State. This supports the Council’s view that the application that was submitted and subsequently refused by the Council’s Planning Committee was unacceptable.

“Both the Inspector at the original appeal and now the Secretary of State have agreed with the Council that the applicant had not demonstrated that there were very special circumstances, outside the context of a Local Plan examination, to justify the grant of planning permission.

“This decision relates solely to the appeal proposal and the Council’s decision to refuse that specific planning application. The site remains part of a proposed allocation in our emerging Local Plan, which is currently subject to examination. Many of the issues raised in the decision letter are likely to be discussed at the public hearing sessions currently underway.

“The independent examination of our Local Plan is managed by the Planning Inspector and it is up to him to decide how to manage this discussion. The Council remains of the view that including a new settlement at the former Wisley Airfield forms part of the best strategy for delivering the housing needed in our borough.

“It’s about making the right decision at the right time, and that decision making process needs to be part of the Local Plan examination process. As with all other strategic sites proposed in the Local Plan, if included they will still be subject to future planning permission processes.”




WHPC written representation in response to the Local Plan Examining Inspector's Matters and Issues document

Please see the attached two documents (written response & appendices to written response).

Written Representation in response to Local Plan Examination in Public

Written Representation Appendices


WHPC Annual Newsletter

WHPC Annual Newsletter 2018


Publication by Guildford Borough Council, 11 April 2018 - Local Plan progresses with answers for independent inspector

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide the homes, jobs, education, transport and other essential infrastructure to balance community needs across our borough. We have now responded to the set of initial questions received from the Planning Inspector, which is part of the usual process of developing a new plan and included topics such as housing numbers, meeting needs and the timing of delivery.

Cllr Spooner adds: “Protecting our local heritage and countryside is another critical part of planning for the future and the Inspector asked a range of questions about different aspects of the plan. Our responses give the opportunity to clarify the reasoning behind our plan, explain the positive steps taken to deliver the plan and restate fundamental policies such as developing on previously used, brownfield, land first. As the Inspector controls the independent examination of our submitted plan, he will ask further questions before the public hearings start on 5 June and request responses from the Council and those who objected to any topics he raises.”

The questions we received from the Inspector at the end of March and our corresponding answers are available to view online on our website at   

We submitted our Local Plan to the Secretary of State in December 2017. Alongside the plan, we also submitted all of the public consultation comments made in 2016 and the responses about the changes from last summer’s consultation.

After a draft Local Plan is submitted, as well as managing the independent examination, the Inspector also contacts everyone who commented on the draft Local Plan at regulation 19 stage in 2016 and 2017 to see if they wish to participate in the public hearings.

When the Planning Inspector has completed the examination, he will produce his report and recommendations. We will then consider any changes that have been recommended and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan. We hope this final stage for the plan will be achieved by the end of 2018.

Publication by Guildford Borough Council, 16 April 2018 - Celebrate our community with free road closures for The Great Get Together 

Inspired by MP Jo Cox, The Great Get Together will take place on 22 – 24 June 2018. This national event aims to celebrate all that unites us as a community, and we are helping to keep costs down by waiving charges for road closures for the event.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Spooner says: "Jo Cox has left behind an inspiring legacy which helps strengthen our sense of togetherness, and we hope that communities across the borough will come together to celebrate with their neighbours. We want to make sure everyone can be involved if they want to, so we have decided to waive road closure fees for The Great Get Together."

To apply for a road closure please visit: Please apply as soon as possible and allow 4-6 weeks for processing.

The Big Lunch, Jo Cox Foundation, and many other groups are teaming up to invite people to join together with friends, neighbours and new people, for street parties, picnics, dances, BBQs and baking competitions.

The weekend marks the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox, who said, "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us", and celebrates what would have been her 44th birthday.

The government has provided some guidance via to dispel common misconceptions about street parties and provide a basic outline to planning your Great Get Together.

Visit The Great Get Together website to sign up to host a street party and to find out what other events are taking place in your area.


Horsley Hub 

This new community social enterprise is packed full of information on activities for kids, family days out, and what’s on.  It has heaps of information and resources on health and emotional wellbeing, both for children and adults including those with additional needs. 

There is a timetable of local fitness and exercises classes and if you run your own business you can list your services on the business directory for free.

The website is linked with the Horsley Hub Facebook page which posts offers and events. You can ask to join the Horsley Hub Facebook group or follow us on Twitter @HorsleyHub or Instagram @horsleyhub2017

Constructive feedback and suggestions as to what you’d like to be included and what improvements can be made are welcomed. Contact here.


GBC Local Plan

The proposed version of the Local Plan, for submission to an Inspector, is on the GBC website - please see the link below. This contains only minor changes from the previous version.

Be Winter Ready Campaign from UK Power Networks

Steps you can take to ‘Be Winter Ready’: 

  • Know your free emergency numbers: In a power cut dial 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.
  • Prepare your home: Keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • Register as a vulnerable customer: Vulnerable households can get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register. Click here to find out more about the Priority Services Register in London, the South and East of England or to sign up.
  • Keep your eyes open: Keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.


Surrey Small Blue Project - Butterfly Conservation

Those of you who attended WHPC's Annual Parish Meeting will recall a talk by Butterfly Conservation, who have embarked on a project in this area - an update is provided below and if you would like more information or to volunteer, contact details are below: 

Update from Fiona Haynes, Project Officer, working two days per week on this project. "I have been extremely busy meeting all the project partners (National Trust Rangers, Surrey Wildlife Trust Rangers and Guildford Borough Council) and members of the Surrey Branch of BC who I will be working very closely with.  I have also been meeting other landowners at the North Downs Facilitation Fund meeting and getting to know colleagues at the Surrey Hills AONB. I am setting up a regular volunteer group to carry out practical works across the Downs for the Small Blue and other butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper and Adonis Blue and these start next week with a task at Netley Park in Gomshall. I am extremely lucky to have the full support of the Branch and its’ volunteers and am hopeful that these tasks will attract a good workforce.  Our works will mainly involve the creation of bare ground scrapes and clearance of scrub to maintain the species-rich chalk grassland.  We intend to sow Kidney Vetch seed into the scrapes which will hopefully ensure that plenty of the foodplant will be available for the caterpillars in future years. I am also in the process of drawing up contracts for the funded works that you have all contributed to.  We have great plans for scrape creation and quarry restoration at many of the sites as well as some larger scrub removal jobs for contractors.  I am hopeful that we will be able to make a start on these funded works by the end of October but this will depend on gaining SSSI consent and I hope that won’t take too long.  If you would like to know more, please do get in touch".

Fiona Haynes Conservation Officer – Moths and Surrey Small Blue Project Officer  Email:  Mobile: 07483 039323.


Newlands Corner Play Trail

Surrey County Council has withdrawn its application to install play structures at Newlands Corner after the Inspector requested an inquiry.  SCC has said that they will revisit these plans in the future.


West Horsley in Bloom 2017

A report about this year's WHIB competition is now available on the WHIB page (under Events), with more photos in our photo gallery.


WHPC's response to the Local plan consultation

Please see attached for WHPC's response to the local plan consultation

WHPC Response to Local Plan consultation July 2017


Tree Protection Orders (TPOs) in the village

One of our Parish Councillors is putting red tags on some trees in the village to mark those with Tree Protection Orders (TPOs). The Parish Council checks on all the trees in the village with TPOs once a year and has started this process to label all trees with a TPO to raise awareness of those which are protected in this way.


Neighbourhood Connections

Please click on the document below for more information about this service in our village to help people live happy, healthy and independent lives

Neighbourhood Connections


Call for Speedwatch Volunteers!

Anyone concerned about speeding traffic in the village may want to consider joining West Horsley's Speedwatch group and make a difference. Led by Chris Tailby, the 12-strong group regularly monitor vehicle speeds across the village, supported by the Police. If you are interested, please contact Chris on Thank you!!


Overgrown hedges  

Responsibility to cut back the hedges lies with individual householders - WHPC's Footpaths group walks the village each summer and sends a letter to any householders whose hedges need cutting back. Failure to act on this means we can involve Surrey County Council, who can cut hedges back and charge the householder if necessary.

Footpaths in the village - these are the responsibility of Surrey County Council to maintain and cut back. You can email SCC on


Flytipping can be reported on


West Horsley Parish Council tennis court on Long Reach - Did you know that West Horsley has its own tennis court on Long Reach? This court is free to use. Just turn up and play! Please don't use the court in unsuitable weather conditions and if you wish to report any issues, please contact 


West Horsley Parish Council gazebo 3m square available to borrow (refundable deposit required)

If you would like to borrow our gazebo, please read the attached policy for more information. Please note that it is recommended that you have at least two (strong) individuals to load it into your car, put it up, dismantle and return.

 Gazebo policy


West Horsley is a dynamic, friendly and caring community which hosts a wealth of organisations and services. The Parish Council serves the people of West Horsley and represents the interests of the local residents, and ensures that these interests are effectively presented to bodies such as Guildford Borough and Surrey County Council.

Bluebells in West Horsley


Contact Details

West Horsley Parish Council

01483 901 905