WHY ARE GUILDFORD’S COUNTRYSIDE AND ENVIRONMENT WORTH PROTECTING? THIS IS OUR STORY
A group of us started as a pressure group, challenging the Guildford Local Plan. We became a political party in 2014 so we could stand for election onto the Council and participate in decision-making. In 2015 we had 3 councillors; we now have 4. We are a vocal minority, and we are often the only opposition to policy in our local borough council. If you would be interested in joining us for the future, we always welcome new members and new potential councillors. We work closely with other local organisations.
The Guildford Local Plan was endorsed by the council in April 2019 (despite strong objections from GGG at every stage). There were three judicial reviews challenging the plan in the autumn of 2019 which were not successful in a case at the High Court, but the plan is not yet final due to an ongoing legal challenge.
We continue to campaign to protect all our countryside and open spaces. Our open spaces can be protected and we can win local battles. We also need to be aware that future plan reviews may threaten other areas, and that planning applications come forward all the time to proposing housing e developmentbuilding on countryside.
Our local environment is threatened. There are huge plans to build across the borough in the local plan, but we must also recognise that many other green spaces, even if not allocated in the local plan, are very vulnerable and need to be protected.
If you would be interesting in joining us to help protect our future environment come and join us. We always welcome new members and are particularly interested from people who might consider standing as candidates for borough or county councillors.