With no construction yet, Tormead blames GBC for delays in the Urnfield development, ignoring its own failings.
Last week Tormead’s Head sent the first email update of the new school year to parents, lamenting the “increasingly frustrating process” of the Urnfield development. We agree with that assessment, except that for us it has been frustrating from the very start. So, how could this project have been run, and what difference might that… Continue reading What if…how better community engagement delivers better development
When you think of iconic British mammal species, you may well think of the badger. Distinctive, social animals with awesome digging capability, only the wild boar trumps them as Britain’s current largest land predator. Persecuted by some, beloved by many, badgers hold huge cultural significance in the UK. Their setts can be huge and extend… Continue reading Who’s looking out for Merrow’s badgers?
Last night we received written confirmation that Guildford Borough Council agrees with our assessment that the “deemed discharge” certificates issued to Tormead to enable the Urnfield development work to begin are unlawful and must be quashed. This means our legal challenge to the High Court is uncontested, and so the quashing of three of the… Continue reading Guildford’s planners agree to quash own decisions on Urnfield
The council’s lack of transparency in its decision making on the Urnfield has resulted in what we believe are unlawful decisions that now need to be undone.
Watching nature regularly on Merrow Downs shows what is at risk from the Urnfield floodlights
At the planning appeal hearing one of the arguments we made to demonstrate a lack of need for the Urnfield development was the fact that Tormead already had planning permission for a floodlit Multi Use Games Area on site at the school. Sure, a MUGA is smaller than a full sized hockey pitch, so not… Continue reading Tormead is building their floodlit MUGA onsite after all
Residents, councillors and GBC officers were quickly mobilised and this victory showed that there is huge and widespread support for our natural environment.
Tormead is looking for a new Director of Sport, and it is clear how they want to manage the Urnfield.
Businesses need to be “nature positive” as well as working towards net zero and that applies to schools as well. After all, we are the ultimate customers.