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Guide to planning policy documents

We determine planning applications using the statutory Development Plan. This is unless material considerations show otherwise. Our development plan comprises:

  • the adopted Local Plan:strategy and sites (2019)
  • the extant policies in the Local Plan 2003
  • any relevant neighbourhood plans

We also use guidance in supplementary planning documents. These do not form part of the development plan.

We have produced a planning policy note to explain the role of different documents. The note covers the following topics:

  • Comparison between Development Plan Documents (DPD) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD)
  • The weight given to Neighbourhood Plans
  • The status of policies contained within the 2003 Guildford Local plan

You can view the icon Guide to planning policy documents [128.23KB] here. We hope this document is helpful, but know this is a complicated subject. If you would like more help understanding it, please get in touch by email to planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk

Changes to the Use Classes Order and GDPO and impact on Local Plan Economy policies

The Government made several legislative changes to the Use Classes Order and to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) which took effect from 1st September 2020 (the amendments to the GDPO took place as of 31 August 2020 and comprised three new PD rights (Class ZA, and AA and AB). The amendments to the UCO included, amongst other changes, the merging of several previous Use Classes into a single Use Class E, which denotes 'Commercial, Business and Service' uses.

icon We have published a document which explains the key changes and includes a table setting out the implications for policies in the Local Plan: strategy and sites [369.26KB] . The purpose of this document is twofold - to enable the Council's planning officers to consistently assess planning applications for changes of use, and to assist applicants.