Update 13 July 2015

Hello,

There are rumours that the next consultation on the draft Local Plan will be a “Regulation 19 review” (which is basically a check for soundness and compliance). If this is the case, then any further changes to the Local Plan will be minor, and the so called “strategic” development sites already earmarked will go forward. This is despite pre-election promises for a fundamental review of the Local Plan and despite promises to protect the green belt and Blackwell Farm.

Updated website and fundraising
It is time to start serious fundraising as we are going to need a barrister (with in-depth knowledge of the planning system) to represent us at the Inspector’s Inquiry. The cost will be in the region of £5-6k so we are now asking for donations. These can be made via the recently updated Save Hogs Back website at http://savehogsback.co.uk/?page_id=263 – just click on the “Donate” button. Please give what you can. The University has spent thousands on consultants for this development, but we are relying on the generosity of our supporters in order to save this important landscape.

Wood Street Village Horticultural Show
It’s time to get baking again! Save Hogs Back is taking a stand at the Wood Street Village Show this Saturday (July 18). Neville, Peter, Diana and Mike will be on hand to spread the word about the campaign and will be selling cakes to raise funds. Last year, we raised £80 at the Show, which went towards the cost of printing our brochure. It would be great if supporters who had the time could bake a cake or two to sell.

BTW, copies of our brochure were sent off to all new councillors with an invitation for them to visit the Hogs Back site. We are still waiting on their responses.

38 Degrees
We have recently added the Save Hogs Back to the national campaign website 38 Degrees. Please could you sign our petition on this site (https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-hog-s-back-and-the-surrey-hills-aonb). Also, please could help spread the word about this petition among your friends (using email, Facebook and Twitter) – the aim is to raise awareness about our campaign nationally, and if we can get around 8,000 signatures, GBC and Brandon Lewis will have to take note.

GRA meeting
On June 17, I attended the Guildford Residents Association and gave a presentation on the Save Hogs Back campaign – for those who are interested, this is now available on the Issue website:(http://issuu.com/savehogsback/docs/hogs_back_notes_for_gra__4_/1)
Everyone present seemed to be supportive – and one member said that if GBC could build on the Hogs Back, it could build anywhere.

New 38 degrees petition

We have just created the petition “Save Hog’s Back and the Surrey Hills AONB” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign is important to Guildford and Farnham and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-hog-s-back-and-the-surrey-hills-aonb

Thank you!

P.S. Can you also take a moment to share the petition with others? It’s really easy – all you need to do is share this link on Facebook or Twitter:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-hog-s-back-and-the-surrey-hills-aonb

Local Plan events – let the Council know your views!

There’s an opportunity to find out more about Guildord’s Local Plan and the proposals to remove land from green belt by visiting a number of events held by Guildford Council:

http://guildfordlocalplan.info/news-and-events/

Make sure you respond by writing to your Councillor.  Take a look at our Call for Action which sets out issues regarding the development and who you should contact.

Homes on Hog’s Back land would ‘totally destroy’ countryside – get Surrey

Take a look at the beautiful photograph on the Get Surrey website and the article about our campaign to save the Hogs Back:

23 Sep 2013 09:30
Neighbours launch campaign to save the Hog’s Back after the University of Surrey confirms it has made its land available for residential development of up to 2,000 homes

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Photo courtesy of get Surrey

Petition up and running

Sign our e-petition to stop development on the Hogs Back.

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Once you’ve completed your details on the government website, please make sure that you confirm the email from HM Government e-petitions otherwise your objection won’t be counted.

Tour of Britain goes over the Hogs Back

Wiggo-mania hit the Hogs Back as thousands turned out to see the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain – with Sir Bradley Wiggins wearing the golden jersey.  Television pictures of the race from helicopters showed the beautiful chalk ridge – as the race passed along the northern (and Guildford-bound) carriageway of the A31.

Tour of Britain as it passes along the Hogs Back towards Guildford.Tour of Britain as it passes along the A31 on the Hogs Back towards Guildford.

Save the Hogs Back campaigners were out in force in Compton and at the Guildford High Street finish line for the stage.  Mark Cavendish swept through on the cobbles to win the stage – which followed his win in Guildford last year.  Sir Bradley finished safely in the pack behind – retaining his golden jersey and remaining favourite to win the tour in London on Sunday.

Here Wiggo, here wiggoing, here wiggone

Here Wiggo, here wiggoing, here wiggone

Attractive as London is, it’ll be interesting to contrast the aerial shots of the city (for the last leg of the tour) with those of the Hogs Back.

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Next time you travel along the Hogs Back – slow down and enjoy the view. Its not a race after all!