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Priorities and achievements in our updated Corporate Plan

Our Corporate Plan is the over-arching element of our strategic planning framework. It sets out both our vision for the borough and the priorities that will guide our future strategies and plans.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, said: "Our revised plan focuses on three main themes of Place-making, Community and Innovation, and demonstrates our clear commitment to ensuring the continued prosperity across the borough and improving residents' lives in our town, villages and countryside. It will help deliver the homes, infrastructure and jobs that we need, whilst maintaining the features that make our borough such a great place to live, work and visit.

"The plan sets out an ambitious programme for the next five years. This comes at a challenging time for us as the government's financial support for councils continues to decrease and we have to fund operations from only locally raised income. Our budget therefore remains a challenge."

As part of developing and updating our plan we consulted with as many residents and businesses as possible about the local issues that are most important to them and used their valuable feedback to help inform our future work.

We asked about a range of topics including the importance of providing homes, travel in and around the borough, regeneration of urban areas, and provision of sporting, cultural and recreational facilities.

James Whiteman, Managing Director, added: "The updated plan covers the period of 2018-2023 and will shape the borough over a much longer period. Decisions taken now will lay the foundations for Guildford's future success and ensure that we can continue to provide high quality services, including for some of the frailest and most vulnerable members of our community."

The fundamental themes that support our vision and strategic priorities are:

  • Delivering the Guildford Borough Local Plan and providing the range of housing that people need, particularly affordable homes

  • Making travel in Guildford and across the borough easier

  • Regenerating and improving Guildford town centre and other urban areas

  • Supporting older, more vulnerable and less advantaged people in our community

  • Protecting our environment

  • Enhancing sporting, cultural, community and recreational facilities

  • Encouraging sustainable and proportionate economic growth to help provide the prosperity and employment that people need

  • Creating smart places infrastructure in Guildford

  • Using innovation, technology and new ways of working to improve value for money and efficiency in Council services

Our recent achievements include:

  • Submitted new Guildford Borough Local Plan for examination
  • 1,133 new homes since 2015, including 271 affordable homes

  • 77 new council homes built since 2014/15, with 51 more due for completion in 2018/19

  • New housing company formed to provide homes across a range of tenures and first 15 properties let

  • Delivered 11 new affordable pitches for our travelling community

  • New High Street setts and Tunsgate public realm improvements

  • Redeveloped Woodbridge Road Sports Pavilion

  • Provisional allocation of £12.5m from EM3 for transport improvements

  • Homes England funding of £10m for Ash rail bridge scheme

  • Government funding of £3.6m for A3 junction improvements

  • Funding for Walnut Bridge linking station and town centre and other pedestrian and cycle improvements

  • New Guildford Borough Transport Strategy

  • New Parking Strategy and car park improvements

  • Indigo Project to provide mental health support to those at risk of rough-sleeping

  • Implemented our Homelessness Strategy

  • Improved lives through our Family Support Programme

  • Major repairs and improvements to Council homes

  • Raised over £400,000 for Guildford Philanthropy

  • Achieved a recycling rate of 60%

  • Reduced carbon emissions from our own operations by 20%

  • Provided solar panels on our newly built social housing

  • Green Flags for eight of our parks and open spaces

  • New environmental Joint Enforcement Team

  • Purple Flag accreditation for night-time economy

  • Delivered savings of £4.1m and additional income of £6.4m since April 2013

  • Increased income from our investment property portfolio


The updated Corporate Plan was approved by the Council at their meeting on 15 May.

The revised Corporate Plan and covering report can be found by visiting  https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/16717/Councillors-and-Decision-Making and searching for the Council meeting on 15 May.

Published on Wednesday 16 May.