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Have your say on sustainable development in Guildford

Sustainable development, protecting natural habitats and supporting economic recovery and growth across the borough are at the heart of new policies which form part of Guildford's adopted Local Plan.

The Local Plan is our plan for the future development of the Guildford and these policies, called Development Management Policies, are part of it. They protect the special character of the borough and they are used to guide to decisions on whether or not planning applications can be granted.

You will soon be able to have your say on the policies when a seven-week public consultation begins in early June giving you the chance to share your views.

Cllr Jan Harwood, Lead Councillor for Climate Change says: "We want to ensure that development in our borough meets the highest standards of sustainable design and contributes towards our commitment to addressing the climate change emergency. These Development Management Policies address a range of issues including those related to sustainable design, construction and energy to ensure we have the highest quality housing and other development in Guildford and our surrounding villages. Please do get involved and share your views when the consultation opens next month - you can help us make a difference. Look out for more details on our website towards the end of the month."

We want to hear your comments on the ten policies covering topics which include:

  • Ensuring high-quality, sustainable design is in keeping with the attractive historic character of our borough
  • Supporting economic growth and local communities in rural areas where it is not in conflict with national Green Belt policy
  • Protecting the natural environment and local wildlife including woodland, trees and other habitats
  • Minimising the impact of any new development on air quality in the borough
  • Promoting high quality standards of energy, water and carbon efficiency to reduce the effect of climate change
  • Encouraging people out of their cars by creating a Guildford borough-wide cycle network

The consultation includes issues and options and goes on to suggest a 'preferred option' for each policy. All comments received will be considered as part of preparing the Proposed Submission Local Plan.

The decision is subject to approval by the Executive on 26 May of updates to the Council's adopted Statement of Community Involvement and the Local Development Scheme timetable.

Published on Thursday 7 May.