The current Local Plan was adopted in 2003. New legislation (Localism Act) was introduced in 2011. which means local plans should be decided at local level. This essentially means at borough and county level, with input from the local communities. The process should be open, transparent and accountable. To date there have been 3 consultations.
Parish Council response - Local Plan Reg 19 Strategy & Sites | July 2016
On Thursday 13th October a referendum was held to see whether Guildford's residents wished to continue with the current strong leadership / executive management or have a change in constitution and vote for a Mayor.
All political parties - Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Guildford Greenbelt Group and Labour strongly opposed the campaign, also known as 'the Real Voice', which was set up by ex councillor, Monika Juneja and backed by ex-leader of GBC, Stephen Mansbridge and Guildford businessman Michael Harper.
Results 20,639 AGAINST V 4,948 FOR | Date 14.10.16
Compton Parish Council supports the need for development of the borough where strong evidence exists supporting local need. There are very real concerns over the impact that large-scale development will have on our roads, infrastructure and services and on our landscape. It is widely accepted that the road network in and around Guildford town is inadequate and reducing the options within the town centre cannot fail but to increase problems in surrounding villages.
Compton Parish Council was unable to support a regulation 19 consultation as a number of major changes had been made to the regulation 18 endeavour without opportunity for a meaningful consultation. We have doubts as to whether some of the proposals are in line with the NPPF and a number of independent evidence base documents give rise to serious questions over the impartiality of overriding factors, such as housing need and the impact on infrastructure, environment and landscape.
Guildford Borough Council issued a summary of the responses received in the 2014 Strategy & Sites consultation. Approximately 20,000 responses were received by 7,000 people, many of which were highly critical of the level of growth an the impact it would have on the town and surrounding villages. Concerns were expressed about the impact on infrastructure and services in particular.
Residents were invited to comment on the removal of the red telephone box at the heart of the village as it was amongst a large number being decommissioned by BT. Compton Parish Council objected to the removal as did several residents and this was supported by Guildford Borough Council.
Compton Parish Council objected to the amalgamation of the 46 bus with the 72 which would have resulted in the loss of public transport in Compton village. The campaign to save the 46 (which had been succesfully challenged a few years previously by the Traffic Committee) was strongly supported by Watts Gallery.
2016 - the 46 bus route via Compton is once again saved.
The consultation took place to invite comments on the changes made to the regulation 19 Local Plan consultation in July 2016. Whilst supportive of some policies, Compton PC objected to proposals that would have an adverse impact on the quality of life of residents.