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Local plan examination

The Local Plan: strategy and sites sets out the vision for the borough and our approach to development up to 2034. The plan plays an important role in shaping Guildford's future - how our towns and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, and supporting more sustainable forms of travel. 

Adoption of the Local Plan: strategy and sites

Council decided to adopt the new Local Plan on 25 April 2019. Documents considered at the Council meeting are available under the item on the Council's web page.

In line with requirements, the Council is now making available:

In order to view paper copies, the documents listed above are also available for inspection at:

  • Guildford Borough Council (GBC) main offices at Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB (during normal office hours: 8:30am - 5pm - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8:30am - 4:30pm - Friday);

  • Ash Library, Ash Street, Ash, Surrey GU12 6LF (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm - 5pm; Tuesday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Friday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm; Sunday: Closed);

  • Guildford Library, 77 North Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4AL (during library opening times: Monday: 9.30am-5.30pm; Tuesday: 9.30am-7pm; Wednesday: 9.30am-5.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am-7pm; Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm; Saturday: 9.30am-5pm; Sunday: Closed);

  • Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road south, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm-5pm; Tuesday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; Friday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm; Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: Closed);

  • Shere Diamond Jubilee Library, Shere Village Hall, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HD (during library opening times: Monday: 2.30pm - 4pm; Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday: 10.30am - 12.15pm & 2.15pm - 2.45pm for storytime - term time only; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 2.30pm - 4pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed).

Adopted Policies Map

Following adoption of the Local Plan: strategy and sites, the Council will update the adopted policies map to reflect the new Local Plan and those elements of the Local Plan 2003 that have not been superseded.

The online interactive map will be available shortly. Paper copies will be available to both view and purchase in due course.

In the interim, please use the link below to access the updated maps, which formed part of previous iterations of the Local Plan: strategy and sites.

icon Temporary Policies Maps for the Local Plan [21.18MB]

The Inspector's report

The Inspector's final report published on 28 March is available below:

Further note on HRA

Prior to the Council meeting on 25 April, the Council were made aware of a series of queries raised in a technical note which reviewed the Council's January 2019 Addendum to the Guildford Local Plan HRA. Responses to key criticisms made in this note are reflected in the document below:

icon Response to Review of the Guildford Local Plan HRA addendum 2019 [98.98KB]     

Councillor briefing

In advance of the Council meeting that considered the adoption of the Local Plan, a briefing session for councillors was held on 18 April 2019. The intent of the session included clarifying what actions are available to the Council following receipt of the Inspector's report and the closing of the Examination. It was also explained what the implications are should the Council decide not to adopt the plan and to embark upon the production of a new Local Plan outside of the transitional arrangements within which this plan has been assessed. A supporting document was prepared for this session:

icon Briefing Session for Councillors regarding the adoption of the new Local Plan [380.51KB] *

*version updated: 18 April 2019


The Inspector has produced his final report and recommendations and submitted these to the Council. This report is available at the links at the top of the table below. It is also available at the Council's Millmead offices and at local libraries.

This marked the end of the Inspector's examination of the plan. We will consider his recommendations and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan.

The plan was submitted to the Secretary of State for Local Government on 13 December 2017 for independent examination. The planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is Mr Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD.

Public hearings were held from 5 June 2018 to 5 July 2018. At the close of these hearing sessions, the Inspector concluded that the plan could be found sound subject to main modifications being made.

The Council held a six-week public consultation on the proposed main modifications to the plan between 12 noon on 11 September 2018 and 12 noon on 23 October 2018.

A further set of hearings were held on 12 and 13 February 2019.

The final schedule of main modifications accompanying the Inspector's report contains only those main modifications recommended by the Inspector to make the submission plan sound and legally compliant and capable of adoption. The submission plan is available under our  icon table of submission core and supporting documents [701.64KB]  (see GBC-LPSS-CD-001a-d in this table). Several main modifications consulted upon in September / October 2018 (as per GBC-LPSS-026) were not recommended in the Inspector's final report. These include, for instance, four additional site allocations that are now not included as main modifications recommended by the Inspector.

Note: The Council has published an addendum to its Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) in light several recent European Court rulings. A covering note and the HRA addendum are available as icon GBC-LPSS-40a [973.5KB]  and icon GBC-LPSS-40b [609.55KB]

Programme Officer: Mr Chris Banks

A Programme Officer, Mr Chris Banks, of Banks Solutions, was appointed to manage the administration of the examination process on behalf of the appointed Inspector and acted as the liaison between the Inspector and representatives of the Council. The Programme Officer had no involvement with the preparation of the plan and reported directly to the Inspector.

Address: C/O Banks Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1EF

Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

Tel: 01903 783722

Examination documents

Documents published during the Examination including immediately prior to, throughout and after the period of the Local Plan hearings are available to download from the table directly below and from the comprehensive lists of  Examination documents following it:

Examination documents


StageKey Documents
27 March 2019The Inspector's Report

icon Inspector's Final Report [434.32KB]

icon (Appendix: Schedule of main modifications) [21.62MB]

26 February 2019

Documents produced following the resumed hearings icon ID-15: Inspector's note on use of 2016 household projections [135.84KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-043: Schedule of main modifications updated post-Feb 2019 hearings [10.84MB]

12 February 2019 - 13 February 2019

Resumed Hearings

icon ID-13: Inspector's Note accompanying the Hearing Agenda [91.57KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-041: Opening remarks for GBC [300.39KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-042: GBC note on whether further consultation and Sustainability Appraisal is necessary. [650.29KB]

20 December 2018 - 24 January 2019

Resumed hearing: Matters and Issues

icon ID-12: Guildford resumed hearing matters [183.69KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-036: GBC Statement in response to matters and issues as per the Inspector's ID-12 [340.63KB]

26 October 2018

Inspector's document ID-11 icon ID-11: Inspector's response to Cllr Spooner's letter [80.21KB]

17 October 2018 - 23 October 2018


The Council's response to the Inspector's document ID-10 and letter from Cllr Spooner

icon GBC-LPSS-033a GBC note to accompany GL Hearn update to OAN assessment [661.67KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-033b GL Hearn updated Housing Need Paper (2016 SNHP) [314.57KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-033c GBC supplementary note on WBC position on unmet need [310.85KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-034 Cllr Spooner and Executive members' letter to the Inspector [101.03KB]

26 September 2018

Inspector's document ID-10 icon ID-10: Inspector Note on Household Projections [75.4KB]

11 September 2018 - 23 October 2018

Public Consultation on Main Modifications to Plan icon GBC-LPSS-026: Schedule of proposed Main Modifications to the Submission Local Plan (2017) [38.81MB]
icon Schedule of Main Modifications - Erratum [174.7KB]


11 September 2018 - 6 February 2019


Supporting documents produced or updated following the Public Hearings

HRA addendum (2019) 

icon GBC-LPSS-040a: Covering note to HRA Addendum (January 2019) [973.5KB]  
icon GBC-LPSS-040b: GBC HRA Addendum 2019 [609.55KB]

GBC-LPSS-027: The Local Plan incorporating proposed Main Modifications

icon Part 1: Policies [3.14MB]
icon Part 2: Sites [8.05MB]
icon Part 3: Appendices [25.86MB]

icon GBC-LPSS-028a: Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum [2.23MB]
icon GBC-LPSS-028b: Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum Non-technical Summary [1.96MB]
icon GBC-LPSS-029: Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum [1.27MB]
icon GBC-LPSS-030: Screening Equality Impact Assessment (update) [3.17MB]
See also: 
icon Statements of Common Ground [186.35KB]
icon Guildford Borough Council Examination Documents [405.65KB]

5 June 2018 - 7 August 2018

Public Hearings and associated documents

icon ID-004 V7 Hearings Agenda with Matters added and Attendees [195.79KB]

icon ID-005 Inspector's guidance note for Agenda items 4 and 5 [56.99KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-004-Impact of 2016-based SNPP for Guildford [325.89KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-005-Woking OAN Note [485.71KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-006-Impact of revised Guildford OAN on five year supply [250.25KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-007 Oxford Economics Baseline Forecasts [395.38KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-008 Cambridge Econometrics Economic Projections [225.31KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-009 Experian Data Guide [806.61KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-010 GBC summary response to issues arising in relation to OAN, in particular the extent of affordability uplift [887.72KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-011 GBC Response to tables produced by Guildford Housing Forum and Barton Willmore [346.61KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-012 GBC position statement re housing trajectory and 5yhls and draft worked examples of housing trajectory at 594, 654 & 700 dpa [511.93KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-013 GBC provisional note on Wisley Airfield and Position Statement HE and WPIL [657.9KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-014 Note by Guildford Borough Council regarding students & the A3 [515.15KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-015 Revised Employment Table Topic Paper [251.27KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-016 Scenarios which model 5 year housing land supply [241.15KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-018 Note on OAN - Woking's need and housing in early years [455.97KB]

icon ID-006 Inspector's note on OAN and early delivery 22 June [58.04KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-019 Note on town centre policy - delivery of development and regeneration [305.16KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-020 GBC response to Item 5 Ways Forward and Item 14 Boosting housing supply and early years provision [496.94KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-020a - GBC Response to Items 5 and 14 Addendum [5.58MB]

icon ID-007 Points raised during the Spatial Strategy session for response by the Council [81.12KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-021a Guildford LP HRA June 2018 (with tracked changes showing amendments since submission version) [1.49MB]

icon GBC-LPSS-021b GBC Note on HRA [666.41KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-022 Draft major modification - additional text for Policy ID2 [115.12KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-023 Guildford Borough Council response to points raised during Item 9 Spatial Strategy [317.44KB]

icon ID-008 Inspector's note on suggested modifications in GBC-LPSS-002 [67.99KB]

icon ID-009 Inspector's questions on 2 further matters 6 July [43.89KB]

icon ID-009a Inspector's note on SMC, traffic on A3 and Wisley SNCI [61.45KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-024 Guildford air quality note following EiP [467.39KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-025 Response to written questions Heath Drive and Thatchers Hotel [272.54KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-025a GBC note on SMC, traffic on A3 and Wisley SNCI [968.53KB]

23 April - 17 May 2018

Matters and Issues for Examination

icon ID-003 Matters and Issues for Examination (part 1) [115.71KB]

icon ID-002 Inspector's Guidance Note 20 April 2018 [225.74KB]

icon PO-001 Programme Officer Note: Inspector Matters and Issues and Guidelines [53.97KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-003a - Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions - Questions 1 - 11 (184 Pages) [3.92MB]

icon GBC-LPSS-003b - Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions - Question 11 Appendices (86 Pages) [19.05MB]

icon GBC-LPSS-003c – Erratum notice Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions – Question 4 [364.32KB]

23 March - 16 May 2018The Inspector's Initial Questions

ID-001 - Initial questions for the Council: ID-001 Inspector's Questions to Guildford Borough Council 23 March 2018

icon GBC-LPSS-001- Guildford Borough Council Response to Initial Questions 1 - 8 [1.61MB]

icon GBC-LPSS-001a- Erratum notice: Guildford Borough Council Response to Initial Questions 1-8 [178.29KB]

icon GBC-LPSS-002 - Guildford Borough Council Response to Initial Questions 9 - 37 (90 Pages) [1.1MB]

The comprehensive lists of Examination documents produced by the Planning Inspector and Guildford Borough Council are listed below.

The Local Plan examination 2018/2019 representor statements can be found on these web pages:

Matters and Issues for Examination

The questions raised in the Matters and Issues related to the Plan's soundness. These were addressed by the Council and other relevant parties in their hearing statements. They did not address every aspect of the plan; only those issues that the Inspector needed to know more about at this stage.

Where the Inspector considered that any matter had been satisfactorily addressed in the written statements it was not included in the agenda for the hearings.

The hearings are now complete.

Initial questions for the Council

The Inspector's initial questions were divided into two parts. The first section dealt with key questions. 

The second section was a set of questions and comments, many of which required us to produce draft main modifications to the plan's policies and text.

These questions were answered in two parts. See documents GBC-LPSS-001 (and errata) and GBC-LPSS-002 in the table above. 

Documents submitted

A full list of the documents supporting the Submission Local Plan published prior to the Local Plan hearings can be viewed in a table by clicking on the link below. The submission documentation included the Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017); a Schedule of Proposed Minor Modifications, a Consultation Statement (containing the main issues raised during the 2016 and 2017 Regulation 19 consultations, and the two earlier Regulation 18 consultations on the plan, and our responses to those representations). All documents in this table are available to download from web links:

icon Submission core and supporting documents [701.64KB]

Hard copies of any of the documents in the table are available for inspection at the Council offices in Millmead during our normal opening hours.

Committee decisions

At its meeting on 20 November 2017, the Council's Executive committee resolved to seek the agreement of Full Council for approval to submit the Submission Local Plan (2017) and accompanying documents to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

Full Council then considered these items on 21 November 2017 and approved the decision to submit the plan. The report and minutes for the Full Council meeting are available to download and view from the Agenda and minutes web page.

Regulation 19 Consultation

We consulted on the Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2016) between 6 June and 18 July 2016, in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.

To take account of further work and the responses received during this consultation we proposed changes to the plan and updated part of the evidence base that informed its preparation. The Proposed Submission Local Plan: Strategy and sites (2017) included these proposed changes. A further Regulation 19 consultation on these proposed changes was held between 9 June and 24 July 2017.

To see these, and earlier versions of the Local Plan please visit the Previous Consultations web page.

Regulation 19 Representations

Representations from both the 2016 and 2017 consultations on the Regulation 19 Submission Local Plan are available to download from our Planning Policy Consultations web pages.

Purchasing a hard copy of the Submission Local Plan

A hard copy of the Submission Local Plan (2017) (including maps) can be purchased from Guildford Borough Council for a cost of £42.50 plus postage costs (£5.50 for first class, £3.00 for second class. Additional postage costs may apply if ordering more than one copy). Please call 01483 444471 or email planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk to request a copy.