Local Plan Examination

Submission Local Plan (Reg 22)

The Submission 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. 


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.

The public hearings were held from 5 June 2018 to 5 July 2018. At the close of the 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. Representations received during the consultation will be provided to the Inspector, who will consider whether to recommend that these modifications should be made in order to make the plan sound.

The Inspector has indicated in his ID-11 (see table below), that he intends to hold a further hearing to discuss the housing requirement arising from the latest household projections, the implications for the additional sites that were included in the main modifications, and the way forward. A date for this hearing has not yet been established.

Programme Officer: Mr Chris Banks

A Programme Officer, Mr Chris Banks, of Banks Solutions, has been appointed to manage the administration of the examination process on behalf of the appointed Inspector and acts as the liaison between the Inspector and representatives of the Council. The Programme Officer has no involvement with the preparation of the plan and reports directly to the Inspector. Any correspondence or queries relating to the examination process should be directed to the Programme Officer:

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

Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

Tel: 01903 783722

Assistant Programme Officer
Mrs Claire Jones-Hughes - Banks Solutions
Tel: 01273 381518   
Mob: 07737 786425
Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

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:

DateStageKey Documents

26 October 2018

Inspector's document ID-11pdf icon ID-11: Inspector's response to Cllr Spooner's letter [80kb]

17 October 2018 - 23 October 2018


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

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-033a GBC note to accompany GL Hearn update to OAN assessment [661kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-033b GL Hearn updated Housing Need Paper (2016 SNHP) [314kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-033c GBC supplementary note on WBC position on unmet need [310kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-034 Cllr Spooner and Executive members' letter to the Inspector [101kb]

26 September 2018

Inspector's document ID-10pdf icon ID-10: Inspector Note on Household Projections [75kb]

11 September 2018 - 23 October 2018

Public Consultation on Main Modifications to Planpdf icon GBC-LPSS-026: Schedule of proposed Main Modifications to the Submission Local Plan (2017) [38Mb]
pdf icon Schedule of Main Modifications - Erratum [174kb]


11 September 2018


Supporting documents produced or updated following the Public HearingsGBC-LPSS-027: The Local Plan incorporating proposed Main Modifications

pdf icon Part 1: Policies [3Mb]
pdf icon Part 2: Sites [8Mb]
pdf icon Part 3: Appendices [25Mb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-028a: Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum [2Mb]
pdf icon GBC-LPSS-028b: Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum Non-technical Summary [1Mb]
pdf icon GBC-LPSS-029: Habitat Regulations Assessment Addendum [1Mb]
pdf icon GBC-LPSS-030: Screening Equality Impact Assessment (update) [3Mb]
See also: 
pdf icon Statements of Common Ground [186kb]
pdf icon Guildford Borough Council Examination Documents [376kb]

5 June 2018 - 5 July 2018

Public Hearings

pdf icon ID-004 V7 Hearings Agenda with Matters added and Attendees [195kb]

pdf icon ID-005 Inspector's guidance note for Agenda items 4 and 5 [56kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-004-Impact of 2016-based SNPP for Guildford [325kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-005-Woking OAN Note [485kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-006-Impact of revised Guildford OAN on five year supply [250kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-007 Oxford Economics Baseline Forecasts [395kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-008 Cambridge Econometrics Economic Projections [225kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-009 Experian Data Guide [806kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-010 GBC summary response to issues arising in relation to OAN, in particular the extent of affordability uplift [887kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-011 GBC Response to tables produced by Guildford Housing Forum and Barton Willmore [346kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-012 GBC position statement re housing trajectory and 5yhls and draft worked examples of housing trajectory at 594, 654 & 700 dpa [511kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-013 GBC provisional note on Wisley Airfield and Position Statement HE and WPIL [657kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-014 Note by Guildford Borough Council regarding students & the A3 [515kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-015 Revised Employment Table Topic Paper [251kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-016 Scenarios which model 5 year housing land supply [241kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-018 Note on OAN - Woking's need and housing in early years [455kb]

pdf icon ID-006 Inspector's note on OAN and early delivery 22 June [58kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-019 Note on town centre policy - delivery of development and regeneration [305kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-020 GBC response to Item 5 Ways Forward and Item 14 Boosting housing supply and early years provision [496kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-020a - GBC Response to Items 5 and 14 Addendum [5Mb]

pdf icon ID-007 Points raised during the Spatial Strategy session for response by the Council [81kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-021a Guildford LP HRA June 2018 (with tracked changes showing amendments since submission version) [1Mb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-021b GBC Note on HRA [666kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-022 Draft major modification - additional text for Policy ID2 [115kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-023 Guildford Borough Council response to points raised during Item 9 Spatial Strategy [317kb]

pdf icon ID-008 Inspector's note on suggested modifications in GBC-LPSS-002 [67kb]

pdf icon ID-009 Inspector's questions on 2 further matters 6 July [43kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-024 Guildford air quality note following EiP [467kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-025 Response to written questions Heath Drive and Thatchers Hotel [272kb]

23 April - 17 May 2018

Matters and Issues for Examination

pdf icon ID-003 Matters and Issues for Examination (part 1) [115kb]

pdf icon ID-002 Inspector's Guidance Note 20 April 2018 [225kb]

pdf icon PO-001 Programme Officer Note: Inspector Matters and Issues and Guidelines [53kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-003a - Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions - Questions 1 - 11 (184 Pages) [3Mb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-003b - Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions - Question 11 Appendices (86 Pages) [19Mb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-003c – Erratum notice Guildford Borough Council Response to Matters, Issues and Questions – Question 4 [364kb]

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

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

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-001a- Erratum notice: Guildford Borough Council Response to Initial Questions 1-8 [178kb]

pdf icon GBC-LPSS-002 - Guildford Borough Council Response to Initial Questions 9 - 37 (90 Pages) [1Mb]

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

The Local Plan examination 2018 representor statements can be found on this web page:

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:

pdf icon Submission core and supporting documents [701kb]

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.

Last updated: 29 October 2018 15:33 PM