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Examining the Local Plan part 2

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We submitted the local plan part 2 to the Secretary of State on 17 June 2022. The Inspector has issued:

  • examination guidance
  • a hearing programme
  • a list of matters and questions

See "Examination Stage" at the bottom of this page for more information.

What you need to know

Local Plan: Development Management Policies (Local Plan Part 2) Examination

We submitted the local plan part 2 to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 17 June 2022. The Secretary of State appointed a planning inspector to examine the Local Plan Part 2.

The Inspector will assess whether the plan:

The Inspector will consider:

  • the evidence to support the plan
  • any representations put forward by local people and other interested parties

They will then produce a report recommending whether we can adopt the plan or if changes need to be made. These changes are known as 'main modifications'.

Who is the Planning Inspector?

David Reed BSc DipTP DMS.

Who is the programme officer?

We have appointed Robert Young as the Programme Officer for the examination. He is an independent officer of the examination. He works under the direction of the Inspector. You can submit queries on the Examination to the Programme Officer.


Phone number: 07908 563538

Robert Young, 
C/o Planning Policy, 
Millmead House, 

How to get involved

See the government's guidance on the local plan and how to take part:

Find out about the examination process

Read the guide for Local Plan Examinations

Do you need a paper copy of the submission documents? 

We have some printed copies available for the following documents: 

  • Submission Local Plan: Development Management Policies
  • Submission Policies Map
  • Sustainability Appraisal
  • Consultation and Duty to Cooperate Statement
  • Representations received during the consultation on the plan in January and February 2022
  • Topic papers covering climate change, natural environment, open space and parking standards
  • Statement of Fact setting out where you can find the documents above

Printed copies of the submission documents are available at:

  • Guildford Borough Council offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB
  • Guildford Library
  • Ash Library
  • Horsley Library
  • Shere Diamond Jubilee Library

Submission stage

View the documents we have submitted to the Secretary of State

Examination stage

During the examination documents will be produced by:

  • us (Guildford Borough Council)
  • the Inspector
  • other examination participants

We will add them here as they are published.

The hearing sessions of the Examination will start at 10:00am on Tuesday 15 November 2022. They will be in the Council Chamber, Millmead House, Guildford, GU2 4BB.

Key dates:

  • Friday 30 September 2022- Deadline for representors to confirm participation in hearings
  • Friday 21 October 2022- Deadline for submission of Council and participants' hearing statements
  • Tuesday 15 November 2022- Examination hearings start

View the documents produced for the examination