Examining the Local Plan

Our Local Plan: Strategy and Sites explains how we'll manage developments until 2034. The plan has been examined by the Secretary of State.

We adopted Icon for pdf the latest Local Plan [11.68MB] on 25th April 2019. You can read the meeting minutes here.

Sustainability Appraisal Reports

Each new version of the Local Plan comes with a Sustainability Appraisal Report. The report shows we:

  • considered all reasonable options when writing policies
  • chose the most sustainable options

Read our Sustainability Appraisal Reports

We've also written an Adoption Statement explaining:

  • what modifications we've made to the plan
  • where you can read hard copies of the plan

How was the Local Plan examined?

On 21 November 2017 we submitted our plan for examination by the Secretary of State's inspector. Read the meeting minutes here. Our inspector was Mr Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD.

Icon for pdf Check which documents were examined [701.64KB].

During the examination there was a series of public hearings. Read statements made at the hearings below:

All important documents from the Local Plan examination are available below.

Read the list of examination documents

You can find hard copies of examination documents at our Millmead office.

The Inspector's Report

On 28th March, the examination finished and the inspector wrote his findings:

You can also read Icon for pdf The Inspector's Report on our 2003 Local Plan [5.34MB], which was written in 2001.

The council met to discuss the impact of the inspector's report. We considered:

  • how we could change the plan
  • the effects of refusing to adopt the modified plan

Icon for pdf Read the councillor's briefing (updated 18 April 2019) [380.51KB].

Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)

We received questions about changes made to our HRA after the inspector's report was published. Icon for pdf Read our response here [98.98KB].

Previous Consultation

Use our previous consultations page to read:

  • consultations on versions of the plan from 2016 and 2017
  • past versions of the plan

To buy a hard copy of our Local Plan, email planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk or call 01483 444471.