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Settlement Hierarchy Study

This study groups settlements with similar functions and characteristics. It ensures we: 

  • understand the roles of our settlements 
  • plan positively for sustainable development 

The study also helps us direct development towards either: 

  • the most sustainable settlements 
  • settlements which can be made more sustainable by additional growth 

Guildford borough Settlement hierarchy May 2014 (PDF) [480KB] (opens new window)

Our settlement profiles give more details. They also consider each settlement's capacity to accommodate extra development. 

Guildford Borough Settlement profiles (PDF) [3MB] (opens new window)