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Campaigners welcome High Court decision on Waverley Local Plan

Campaigners welcome High Court decision on Waverley Local Plan

CPRE Surrey has welcomed the High Court decision to proceed with a judicial review of the Waverley Local Plan. CPRE Surrey and the Protect-Our-Waverley campaign group both challenged Waverley Borough Council’s decision to adopt a Local Plan with inflated housing figures imposed on it by Planning Inspector Jonathan Bore, supposedly to meet “unmet housing need” from Woking Borough Council. The additional 1,500 new houses would mostly have to be built in “protected” countryside.

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CPRE seeks Judicial Review of Waverley Local Plan

CPRE seeks Judicial Review of Waverley Local Plan

The Surrey Branch of CPRE is challenging the adoption by Waverley Borough Council of its Local Plan: Part 1 Strategic Policies and Sites. CPRE Surrey has launched this challenge on the grounds that the Planning Inspector who examined the draft Plan, Mr Jonathan Bore, “failed to take into account the environmental constraints and specifically the harm to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the London Metropolitan Green Belt”.

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Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan makes Green Belt protection a priority

Sadiq Khan’s draft London Plan makes Green Belt protection a priority

CPRE Surrey has welcomed the draft London Plan, published last week by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and has called for local authorities in Surrey to revise their own Local Plans to take account of the Mayor’s proposals. CPRE, which is fighting to defend Green Belt countryside and green spaces threatened by development pressures in Surrey, believes that local councils outside London should emulate Mr Khan’s pledge to protect the Green Belt.

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Waverley housing need target ‘overstated by 29 per cent’

Waverley housing need target ‘overstated by 29 per cent’

A new report commissioned by CPRE Surrey shows that the housing target of 590 houses per annum, 11,210 homes over the life of the emerging Local Plan to 2032, which is expected to be imposed on Waverley Borough Council as a result of the recent Planning Inspector’s Examination-in-Public, is overstated by at least 29%, equivalent to a total of 2,500 houses.

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Autumn issue of Surrey Voice out now!

Autumn issue of Surrey Voice out now!

The Autumn 2017 issue of CPRE’s magazine Surrey Voice is out now, with news, views and comment from across Surrey. Copies can be obtained from our Leatherhead office and a pdf version can be downloaded here: 

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