Guildford Labour Party certainly agrees with some of Jonathon Bore’s comments, and notes that the Inspector is demanding to see action rather than simply fine words.
We note in particular his comments about when housing is likely to be delivered and the levels of affordability; Guildford Labour agrees that increased numbers of affordable housing has to be beneficial to the majority living in the Borough.
We have argued in the past for more imagination regarding provision of retail space in the town, and North Street should be a mixed area of housing, leisure and retail.
The opening of Tunsgate has simply seen shops relocating from elsewhere in Guildford where there are already too many vacant shops. Rather than trying to entice more luxury brands Guildford Labour would like to see much more support given to smaller independent retailers.
Overall it is clear that this Tory leadership team lacks the competence to deliver a legal and viable local plan.
Jonathan Bore's report can be read in full on the Council website: