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.
When not working as our Parish Clerk, Joanna Cadman is also the Chairman of The Royal Society of St George. To commorate the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on 11th November 1918, Joanna walked 100 miles from Sandwich in Kent to Newhaven in East Sussex along with 87 year old veteran fund raiser, Jeffrey Long. Joanna wore or carried her grandfathers medals from WW1 throughout the walk and hope to raise £5,000. To donate go to
After the decommissioning of the telephone box by BT, Compton residents wondered what to do with it. It was agreed that it should remain where it was as it was part of the village scene, but sadly it was rusty and the glass was either broken or replaced by plastic.
An anonymous benefactor assisted the Parish Council in covering the costs of repairing the box and Cllr Chris Sharples and another anonymous helper went about restoring the box.
Its central position made it a great place to advertise the village's support for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This was followed by Armistice Day when it stood as a prominent act of remembrance.
Later it sported a gold cup for the World Cup and latterly it bore a kilt and matching headwear for Burns Night and beautiful Chinese Lanterns for the Chinese New Year.
Compton residents love the various incarnations and Cllr Chris Sharples will hopefully go onto surprise us with future transformations, which not only entertain residents, but also bring a smile to the users of the B3000.
From this......to this....
The various incarnations of Compton's telephone box caught the eye of the BBC and newspapers in February 2019
In April 2019, Cllr, Chris Sharples' work for the village was recognised by GBC and he was given the Mayor's Award for services to the community. The Mayor received a large number of recommendations by residents who listed the following as reasons why Chris should be given the award - Work on the War Memorial, active member of the cemetery committee, planting bulbs at various locations in the village, impromtu donations of bunches of flowers, taking responsibility for and seeing through the installation of a village sign, organising work to maintain The Common and pond on Withies Lane and of course making Compton's phone box the most famous in Surrey (and possibly the UK)! What was said time and time again was that he does all this without seeking recognition.
Well done Chris, well deserved.
May 2019 - GBC Elections resulted in Liberal Democrats gaining 17 seats, a new party called Residents For Guildford Town and Villages (R4GV) gaining 15 seats, Conservatives 9 seats, Guildford Greenbelt Group (GGG) 4 seats, Labour party 2 seats and The Green Party 1 seat.
Shalford seats went to Compton resident, Ramsey Nagaty (GGG) and Chris Blow from Shalford (R4GV).
Despite strong objection from the majority of those taking part in the Local Plan Consultation, the Plan was approved by GBC a few days before the Borough Council Election (during purdah).
November 2019 - The High Court in London hears the case put forward by Compton Parish Council, Ockham Parish Council and Mr Jules Cranwell. The crux of the case being that 'Exceptional Circumstances' had not been given neither were they justified as GBC planned to build 70% of its Plan on Greenbelt land and had a 40% buffer, this being 15% above the maximum buffer given in the NPPF. GBC's barrister conceded that the circumstances in themselves might not be deemed 'exceptional' but that there were a number of non-exceptional circumstances, which, put together became 'exceptional'. Verdict - The Judge agreed with GBC
Compton's barrister argued that the route into the new Blackwell Farm housing estate would go through AONB and that this went against the NPPF as it constitutes 'Major Development' which is not permitted.
Verdict - The judge left it to the Local Authority to determine what constitutes 'Major Development'.
Having supported the will of parishioners to challenge the inclusion of Blackwell Farm in the Local Plan, Compton Parish Council feels that it has taken the matter as far as it can and will not appeal. Ockham Parish Council had its request for appeal refused. The Local Plan will now proceed unabated.