Local Plan Examination
The scheduled public hearing sessions on the Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) concluded on 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 is now holding 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.
The easiest way to respond to the consultation is through our online consultation system. (This link will open in a new window.)
Through this system, you can view the Schedule of Main Modifications online and make comments about the proposed changes directly onto the schedule. You can also find online and PDF versions of the plan with the main modifications inserted (for reference only).
You can send your comments to us by email or post if you prefer - please click on the link to our consultation system above for the email and postal address. If you write or email, please make sure you tell us which main modification each of your comments relates to by referencing the relevant number from the Schedule of Main Modifications.
Any 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.
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.
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
Tel: 01903 783722
Assistant Programme Officer
Mrs Claire Jones-Hughes - Banks Solutions
Tel: 01273 381518
Mob: 07737 786425
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:
11 September 2018 - 23 October 2018
|Public Consultation on Main Modifications to Plan|
11 September 2018
|Supporting documents produced or updated following the Public Hearings||GBC-LPSS-027: The Local Plan incorporating proposed Main Modifications|
GBC-LPSS-028a: Sustainability Appraisal Report Addendum [2Mb]
5 June 2018 - 5 July 2018
23 April - 17 May 2018
|Matters and Issues for Examination|
|23 March - 16 May 2018||The Inspector's Initial Questions|
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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com to request a copy.
Last updated: 14 September 2018 11:33 AM