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The Council held three public drop-in events in June 2016 to give all those with an interest in the Plan the opportunity to speak to Council representatives.

Local Plan Press Releases


Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer

Milestones for developing our new Local Plan are set out in an updated Local Development Scheme, which the Executive will consider at its meeting on Tuesday 21 February. The proposed timetable includes targeted public consultation in June-July 2017.

The Local Development Scheme is a legally required public document, which details the completed and remaining stages to deliver the new Local Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Read the full press release - Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer


Targeted consultation next step for Draft Local Plan

Following initial feedback to the latest public consultation and further review work, we can now move forward and outline the next step in developing our Draft Local Plan.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "It's crucial to make sure the plan we submit for inspection tackles local issues as well as balancing community needs across the borough. We have listened to feedback from residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders and we now need to follow this up with a targeted consultation about specific changes we propose to the latest Draft Local Plan."

Read the full press release - Targeted consultation next step for Draft Local Plan


Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced together to ensure suitable infrastructure

  • Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced in parallel for coordinated benefits
  • Plan removes potential for piecemeal developments that lack supporting infrastructure
  • Public consultation, so public can have their say, continues until Monday 18 July 2016

A bedrock of Guildford Borough Council's draft Local Plan is the significant programme of transport schemes included. This means the draft Plan will address housing, employment, retail and leisure requirements, supported by suitable infrastructure including transport, education and healthcare. The programme of projects will realise the clear and ambitious Guildford Borough Transport Strategy and infrastructure requirements, which the Council prepared and published in parallel with the draft Local Plan.

Read the full press release - Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced together to ensure suitable infrastructure


Draft Local Plan will strengthen cultural, historical and physical wellbeing within Guildford borough

  • History, culture and heritage contribute significantly to sense of place and appeal of the borough
  • Many places have limited access for most people despite the green appeal of the land
  • Draft Local Plan includes provision for green and public spaces in proposed developments

In a rural environment, steeped in history and natural appeal, protecting local culture, heritage and much-loved countryside is a vital part of Guildford borough's draft Local Plan. Read the full press release - Draft Local Plan will strengthen cultural, historical and physical wellbeing within Guildford borough


Public consultation on draft Local Plan given go-ahead at Full Council meeting

  • Six week consultation period from 6 June to 18 July including three public drop-in events
  • All written comments submitted will be shared with the independent Planning Inspector
  • Revised draft Local Plan reflects significant changes following 2014 public consultation

A six week consultation, so the public can have their say on the revised draft Local Plan, will start on Monday 6 June 2016 following approval by Full Council last night (Tuesday 24 May 2016). Read the full press release - Public consultation on draft Local Plan given go-ahead at Full Council meeting


Recreation and leisure choices highlighted in Local Plan for residents, visitors, shoppers and wildlife

  • Sizeable protected areas, especially AONBs and SPAs, lead to demand for more SANGs
  • Local Plan addresses future needs of recreation, leisure, retail and tourism
  • Guildford Borough Council working to balance the needs of all, not just a minority

Proposals for new, large, open, green spaces for biodiversity, leisure and wellbeing can be delivered if the draft Local Plan published by Guildford Borough Council is adopted. Large areas of the countryside, including important landscapes and priority habitats, will continue to receive protection, and this safeguarding will be expanded to new sites. If accepted, all future planning applications will be decided in line with the Local Plan, helping to limit piecemeal and inappropriate developments that lack supporting infrastructure. Read the full press release -  Recreation and leisure choices highlighted in Local Plan for residents, visitors, shoppers and wildlife


Buoyant local economy in jeopardy without delivery of the Local Plan

  • Major risk of growing companies moving elsewhere if they cannot expand within the borough
  • Supports a balanced spread of employers from large multinationals to small, rural businesses
  • Expansion proposals for The Surrey Research Park, benefiting local graduates and internationally important sectors

The buoyant economy in Guildford borough could be put in jeopardy without delivery of a Local Plan that takes much needed measures to stop growing companies from moving elsewhere. The revised Plan, published in April, has targeted sustainable development in the borough aimed at creating more jobs and meeting identified needs. This will generate increased prosperity, maintaining a competitive advantage for the borough while delivering environmental protection, all underscored by a clear social conscience so everyone benefits. Read the full press release -  Buoyant local economy in jeopardy without delivery of the Local Plan


Local Plan will tackle the borough's potential housing crisis

  • Big difference between supply and demand for suitable homes
  • Many more homes need to be affordable, especially for essential workers
  • Housing shortage has a major impact on employment and transport

Guildford borough faces a housing crisis if the demand for more suitable homes is not tackled soon. The area needs sustainable development focused on building more homes of the required size and type. Read the full press release - Local Plan will tackle the borough's potential housing crisis


Last updated: 14 February 2017 12:27 PM