Conspicuous by its absence on the Guildford Local Plan Microsite but, nevertheless, a key component of the Local Plan consultation is the Council’s document “How Many New Homes?”
A commentary on this document will follow on this site in due course but in the meantime, a copy of the document as it stands at 30th September 2013 is attached here – 20130930_HowManyNewHomes
The first glance at this will lead to some sharp intakes of breath – housing numbers are anything from 3,620 to 23,446 homes over the Plan period (181 to 1,066 per year). This paper will need very careful analysis because the implications are likely to be monumental for Guildford.
The Guildford Urban Area is likely to have to take the majority of the residential development. It has a population of circa 77,000 and at 2.43 people per dwelling (GBC average) this suggests there are around 31,700 households in the urban area. Now look again at the suggested high end number and consider the impact on the town and its surroundings.
These documents really needed to come with a major health warning if we are to have a serious principled debate and to avoid a local revolt against the Local Plan process and those steering it.
More to follow!