Infrastructure and Delivery
Transport Evidence Base
The three integrative documents which draw together the Council's transport evidence base are:
- Guildford Borough Transport Strategy 2017 [2Mb]
- Strategic Highway Assessment Report (Surrey County Council, June 2016) [4Mb]
- Topic Paper 2017 - Transport [1Mb]
Further information is provided on the Transport evidence base page.
Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan
The draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan provides detail on the infrastructure needed to support the development included in the Proposed Submission Local Plan 2016. It includes an Infrastructure Schedule (also included as Appendix C of the draft new Local Plan) which provides details of the key infrastructure required to support the Local Plan.
This draft IDP will be subject to change up to and potentially during the Independent examination of the draft Local Plan. The IDP Infrastructure Schedule is a 'living document' that will be reviewed and modified as required throughout the plan period as further information becomes available.
The Infrastructure baseline considers the quality and capacity of the existing physical, community and social infrastructure. This supports the resident and working populations. It examines each type of infrastructure, reviews existing capacity, and for some infrastructure types, it also notes the current plans of infrastructure providers. This infrastructure baseline study is an audit of existing infrastructure provision. It is not a plan of the infrastructure we need to provide to support development in the future.
The study also summarises Guildford Borough Council's on-going work with infrastructure providers and adjoining councils. This work will help to ensure that the infrastructure needed to support the development strategy that will be identified at a later stage in preparing the Local Plan, is available at the appropriate time.
Guildford Draft Local Plan: Education Review (May 2016) [1Mb] considers the need for additional school places over the period of the draft new Local Plan (2013-33).
Guildford Local Plan and CIL Viability Study
At independent examination, we will be required to demonstrate that the draft new Local Plan is capable of being delivered. We must therefore consider how the policy requirements of the draft local plan and other planning requirements would impact on the viability of planned developments. View further information on the Guildford Local Plan and CIL Viability Study.
Settlement Hierarchy Study
The settlement hierarchy study is a key part of our evidence base for the new Local Plan. It requires that we plan positively for sustainable development. It will enable us to have a better understanding of the roles of each of our settlements. It does so by grouping together those settlements that have similar functions and characteristics. This will help us decide the location of future development across the borough by directing growth towards those settlements which are the most sustainable, or can be made more sustainable through additional growth.
We have undertaken an update to the Settlement Hierarchy to take account of any changes. We have also revised the methodology following feedback from the Issues and Options consultation. The updated document is available at the following link:
The accompanying settlement profiles document contains additional detailed information about each of our settlements. It also makes a preliminary assessment regarding each settlement's capacity to accommodate additional development.
The National Planning Policy Framework defines green infrastructure as "a network of multi-functional green space, urban and rural, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental quality of life benefits for local communities". Green and blue infrastructure is crucial to the maintenance, protection and enhancement of biodiversity and wildlife in the borough. The Assessment of Sites of Amenity Value [16Mb] was undertaken to assess land proposed to be inset from the green belt to see if it has public amenity value and should be protected from development. The Open Space Sports and Recreation Assessment 2017 audits the current provision of open space, sports and recreation land and facilities to identify areas of deficit. This information will be used to guide development proposals and protect land of public value for sports, recreation and amenity.
You can view the Open Space, Sport and Recreation Assessment (2017) on our Planning for Open Space and Green Infrastructure page.
Water Quality Assessment
The Water Quality Assessment provides an assessment of the impact of local plan proposals on water quality by examining impacts on wastewater infrastructure.
Last updated: 16 October 2017 12:07 PM