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Green Belt and Countryside Study

We are preparing our new Local Plan, to replace the Local Plan 2003. The new Local Plan will set out a vision for the whole borough for the next 20 years. It is the plan for homes, work, shops, leisure, services and infrastructure, based on technical evidence and input from our communities. The Plan will also aim to protect and enhance the borough's many natural and built assets.

To help with the Local Plan strategy and sites document, we need to have a good understanding about how much growth we should be planning for. National planning policy (the National Planning Policy Framework) says that our Local Plan should meet our full objectively assessed housing need. Our work shows that we are unable to meet these needs from development in the urban areas and villages.

The Green Belt and Countryside Study, alongside other evidence base documents, will help to show how much growth we could accommodate across the borough whilst still preserving the important role that Green Belt and countryside land currently fulfils. It also looks at whether we could designate new Green Belt land.

It is very important to note that this study does not allocate land for development nor does it imply that land is suitable for development. Instead, the study offers a range of sites that we may choose to allocate through the Local Plan process.

icon The original brief is available to download here [2.44MB] .Since then we have commissioned further work (Volume V). This ensures that the study is robust and has assessed all potential opportunities for growth across the borough. icon A copy of the brief is available here [52.05KB]  together with the icon addendum [17.26KB] .

We also commissioned additional work arising from the Joint Scrutiny Committee. The additional work includes a Volume II addendum and a re-issue of Volume IV. All these documents are available to view using the links below. We have done further work on the GBCS to assess whether our traveller sites should become inset from the Green Belt. This will help ensure that we can meet our Traveller need as part of our new Local Plan. This is contained in Volume VI which is available to view or download below. The findings of Volume VI have informed our updated icon Land Availability Assessment (LAA) [1.65MB]  Appendix A.

Related documents

Summary document

Volume I plus Appendix I and II

Volume II plus Appendix IV

Volume II Appendix III

Volume II Addendum

Volume III plus Appendix V, VII

 Volume III Appendix VI

Volume IV

Volume V

Volume VI

Briefing note and FAQs


To help you to easily find summary information, there are three separate maps which show:

You are able to view a hard copy at our main reception, Millmead House, or at Guildford library.

Alternatively should you wish to purchase a hard copy, they are priced as follows:

  • Volume I £28
  • Volume II £65
  • Volume II Appendix III £124
  • Volume II Addendum £49.50
  • Volume III £56
  • Volume III Appendix VI £49
  • Volume IV £49
  • Volume V £44
  • Volume VI £125
  • Full set £335

To ensure your copy is available, we would advise you let us know of your order two days before you wish to collect it (collection only from main reception, Millmead House).