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Share your views to shape sustainable development in our borough from 3 June

Sustainable development, protecting natural habitats, supporting the rural economy and high-quality design across the borough are at the heart of Guildford's preferred approach to the second part of its Local Plan.

The Local Plan is our plan that shapes and controls the future development of Guildford borough. We adopted the Local Plan: strategy and sites (the first part of the Local Plan) last year, which focused on allocating sites to meet identified need in terms of housing and employment. Now we are producing detailed policies, called Development Management Policies, that will be used to ensure future development meets the highest standards in terms of design quality and meeting the climate change emergency. They will protect the special character of the borough and will be used to guide decisions on whether or not planning applications are granted permission.

From 3 June you will be able to have your say on the preferred policy approaches when a seven-week public consultation begins. The consultation runs until 12pm on 22 July.

Cllr Jan Harwood, Lead Cllr for Climate Change says: "Sustainable development, protecting our environment and supporting economic growth across the borough are at the heart of new policies, which form part of Guildford's adopted Local Plan. We'd like to hear your views on the specialist planning policies that will help protect the unique character of our borough and ensure we have the highest quality development in Guildford and our surrounding villages. Please do get involved and share your views when the consultation opens - you can help us make a difference."

We want to hear your comments on the 38 policies, covering topics which include:

  • ensuring high-quality, sustainable design is in keeping with the attractive historic character of our borough
  • 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
  • protecting and enhancing accessibility to good quality open space and community facilities
  • encouraging people out of their cars by creating a Guildford borough-wide cycle network

The consultation presents 'issues and options' relevant to Guildford and goes on to suggest a 'preferred option' or approach for each policy. All comments received will be considered as part of preparing the next version of the plan that will form the basis of the document submitted to the Secretary of State for examination.

To comment, visit the consultation page. Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, we are unable to provide a paper copy for residents to view at our Council offices or libraries. If you wish to discuss any aspect of the consultation, you can call our Planning Policy team on 01483 444471 or email planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk.

Published on Wednesday 3 June.