My attention has been elsewhere for the past week or so, which has meant that I’ve not kept up to date with the number of objections to the redevelopment of 89-91 Guildford Road – currently occupied by Lightwater Homecare.
The number of letters of objection recorded on the Surrey Heath planning application page is 547, and the total number of objectors I calculate as 931. I’m sure there are more objections to add, as the first page on the Council application site says,
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE VOLUME OF REPRESENTATION RESPONSES WE CURRENTLY HAVE A BACKLOG IN PUBLISHING THESE TO THE WEBSITE
Great work by everyone in Lightwater. Keep the objections coming, it does help.
Interestingly, I viewed one of the biggest weaknesses of the application as the both the amount and arrangement of car parking. Hmmm, the applicant recognised this weakness in the application, because they’ve submitted amended parking arrangements lessening the danger from backing onto a road junction.
However, while their change lessens the traffic dangers, they’ve reduced the amount for parking provision from 8 places to six, making the application less viable for use as a convenience store. I imagine this is a tactic to improve their chances of obtaining approval on the basis that it’s a plain and simple retail redevelopment, and not necessarily intended for a major food retail store chain.
I’ll need to spend another dayor so pouring over the planning regulations to ensure this change doesn’t weaken our case, and also speak to some people who can help strengthen our case.