Local Plan Examination
Submission Local Plan (Reg 22)
The Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) sets out the vision for the borough and our approach to development between 2015 and 2034. When adopted, the plan will play 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 Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) was submitted to the Secretary of State for Local Government on 13 December 2017 for independent examination.
The plan is now being independently examined by a planning inspector. The planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is Mr Jonathan Bore BA MRTPI DipUD.
A set of public hearings were held from 5 June 2018 to 5 July 2018. Following the conclusion of the public hearing sessions, the Council is drafting a set of main modifications to the Local Plan submitted in December 2017. The proposed main modifications will be available when published for public consultation, which will last for six weeks and will most likely start in September 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 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
5 June 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:
Main modifications to the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017)
The main modifications that are made to the plan as a result of the examination process will be subject to public consultation, the dates of which will be announced in due course. The consultation will be limited to the proposed main modifications only. 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.
Matters and Issues for Examination
Please read the Inspector's Matter and Issues alongside the accompanying Inspector's Guidance Note, which sets out details of the organisation of the Examination and the hearings, and the Programme Officer's Note.
The questions raised in the Matters and Issues relate to the Plan's soundness. These have been addressed by the Council and other relevant parties in their hearing statements. They do not address every aspect of the plan; only those issues that the Inspector needs 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 are divided into two parts. The first section deals with key questions.
The second section is a set of questions and comments, many of which will require us to produce 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.
The submission documentation includes 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).
The Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) and Consultation Statement are available to download from the links below:
A list of all of the submission core and supporting evidence documents is available below. All documents in this list are available to download from web links.
Hard copies of any of the documents in this list are available for inspection at the Council offices in Millmead during our normal opening hours. Copies of the Local Plan and Policies Maps, Schedule of Minor Modifications, Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Consultation Statement will also be available for inspection at the Council offices or at any of the Borough's libraries during their normal opening hours.
Minor Modifications to the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017)
We have prepared a schedule containing proposed minor modifications to the Submission Local Plan (2017). These are recommendations to the inspector of a minor nature that, whilst not going to the heart of the plan's soundness, will improve the clarity and usability of the Submission Local Plan. We submitted this schedule to the independent Planning Inspector, alongside the Submission Local Plan and other documents. We have also submitted a track-changed version of the Submission Local Plan which includes the proposed minor modifications. You can view the documents below.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Last updated: 27 July 2018 13:00 PM