MRA appreciates the support received through its membership of
EGRA. It has been invaluable on a number of occasion being able
to work with other neighbouring RAs.
Please see the latest news on "The public consultation on the Secretary of State's proposed amendments to the South East Plan" - available on EGRA's web site.
EAST GUILDFORD RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION.
meets every 2 months or so to
of the issues with which EGRA and its members were involved
in 2005 were:
views and information on matters of common interest. Members
are encouraged to support each other, for example on planning
applications, where there are principles at stake that affect
with each other in tackling major issues affecting the Borough
Issues/Guildford Community Plan – During
2003 and 2004 EGRA had considered the plethora of issues
that were included in the Community Plan and focussed on
a few key issues that seemed appropriate for its mission.
In February 2005 EGRA published a document entitled ‘Top
Issues’. This identified eleven issues and provided
brief background notes on each. The document was distributed
widely within the members of EGRA, to GBC Officers and to
Candidates for the County and National elections. The document
was welcomed and was considered particularly appropriate
in the run up to the elections.
with GBC – In July 2005 an EGRA delegation
(Harrold, Kyte, Robson and Rattray) met leading GBC Executive
Members and Officers, including Andrew Hodges and David
Williams, to discuss some of the Top Issues. A helpful meeting
and one which we hope to repeat from time to time, to express
the views of RAs to GBC.
· Residential Design Guide – EGRA was heavily
involved with the development of the Supplementary Planning
Guidance on Residential Design – that was agreed by
the Council in July 2004. This provides much needed support
to those who are seeking to balance the urgency of unbridled
density against the need to ensure Character and Design
are protected. The published version was released at the
end of 2004 and EGRA members have been active during 2005
in seeking to ensure that GBC Planning Officers and Members
pay heed to its requirements.
High Density housing – remains a concern
of EGRA members. Information is exchanged between EGRA members
and support given where appropriate.
Targets – GBC has prepared a housing study
that demonstrates GBC’s ability to meet the requirements
of SCC to build 4750 units between 2001 and 2016. EGRA maintains
a watch over this issue as the reserve Green Belt site between
Burpham and Clandon remains under threat of development
South East Plan – SEERA has consulted on the preliminary
rounds of the South East Plan. This provides the framework
for allocating housing requirements throughout the South East
from 2006 to 2026. SCC has been given the task of allocating
the Surrey requirement within the county. Early signs are
that SEERA recognises that unbridled growth cannot be achieved
without fundamental damage to the Character of Surrey –
and that a target will be agreed that will not increase the
present high level achieved within Guildford and Surrey. EGRA
will continue to monitor developments on this crucial plan.
- Guildford Looking Forward –
this consultation by GBC is concerned with planning the
town centre. In the course of the next few years there will
be a number of major developments that will need to be considered,
including - Civic Hall, Bedford Road, Railway station, Bright
Hill, Friary, Farnham Road car park. EGRA will endeavour
to monitor developments and to keep members advised.
· Sustainable Development and Construction
– this is a consultation by GBC in which EGRA members
have participated – particularly Downsedge, which circulated
a helpful commentary to EGRA members.
- Local Development Framework – this
is the successor to the Local Plan. During the year EGRA
members were studying the implications of this change and
preparing for the emergence of new planning procedures.
31st December 2005