Guildford Green Belt Group – forget about Affordability around London

Guildford Local Plans Examination First Day Ends 

The meeting ends with a more fiery exchange between Mr Bore and Cllr Parker of the Guildford Greenbelt Group.

Cllr Parker argues that no increase in housing supply in Surrey will help affordability because properties can be easily sold to overseas buyers, and that in any case “affordability is not that bad” as it is skewed by a few highly-valued properties.

She says: “You could build over every inch of Surrey and you will not affect house prices.”

Mr Bore asks what she wants him to put in his report that would justify departing from government policy.

Cllr Parker: “There should be a statement that on the periphery of London, government policy is misconceived.

Mr Bore: “So you think all of Surrey, Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Essex should make no allowance for affordability?

Cllr Parker: Yes.

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