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Green Belt and Countryside Study

What is the study?

The Green Belt and Country Study helps us:

  • develop Guildford without harming Green Belt and countryside land
  • decide if and where we could add new land to the Green Belt

The study offers a range of sites we might allocate for development. These are called Potential Development Areas (PDAs). It does not either:

  • guarantee sites will be allocated
  • judge whether they are suitable for development

Land in either of the following are not included in the study:

  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area

If you're making a planning application, we advise you to carry out your own constraints and sustainability analysis. We decide on applications based on their own merits rather than on the information in this study.

Read our original brief (PDF) [2MB] (opens new window) .

Read our brief for further work (PDF) [52KB] (opens new window) , with its addendum (PDF) [17KB] (opens new window) .

Summary Document

Read the Green Belt and Countryside Study Summary Document (PDF) [69KB] (opens new window) .


You may also wish to read maps showing:

Green Belt and Countryside Study documents

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

You can read hard copies of these documents at our Millmead office or Guildford library.

To buy a hard copy or DVD, contact us on 01483 505050. Please let us know two days before you'll collect your documents from Millmead, so we can have it prepared.