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Have your say on the future of Guildford

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Have your say on the future of Guildford

Published at 7:00am 11th June 2017.

Plans for where people live, work and shop in Guildford are going before the public, again.

The latest update on the Draft Local Plan is up for consultation.

A similar exercise was run last year and any comments submitted then will form part of the final report to the independent Planning Inspector.

Guildford Borough Council is only seeking new comments on proposed changes to the plan, which were agreed by councillors in May.

Leader of the council, Paul Spooner, said: "After reviewing the comments from last year's consultation, we made a number of significant changes to the plan and proposed sites, as well as updating the supporting evidence and policies.

"Our wide-ranging consultation gives another opportunity to help shape the borough's future by commenting on the amendments in the latest version of our Draft Local Plan.

"Across our whole borough, people need places to live and thrive, with a great environment, transport and other vital infrastructure to support them.

"We remain committed to fundamental principles, such as our 'brownfield first' policy of proposing sites with past development, minimising development in Green Belt, protecting our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and some of the changes increase the number of homes in the town centre with reduced or removed housing sites in rural areas and Green Belt.

"We also remain committed to ensuring the necessary infrastructure is delivered to support the Local Plan. This means that our local and strategic partners must also complete their transport and other projects, so we can deliver the Local Plan in full.

"The plan we submit for independent inspection will provide much-needed homes, jobs and leisure opportunities and this consultation is another chance to get involved."

Significant updates to the Draft Local Plan

These were made for good planning reasons - based on past consultation comments or changes in circumstances or the supporting evidence - including:

   • reduced total housing target by 1,400 units until end of plan period in 2034

   • reduced housing need from 693 to 654 units per year – revised Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing in updated Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA): Guildford Addendum

   • sites removed completely from the plan – primarily for homes in rural areas such as a large site in Normandy and Flexford for 1,100 residential units

   • updated sites with reduced numbers of homes during the plan period – primarily in green belt areas such as Gosden Hill Farm and Blackwell Farm, with 300 fewer residential units at each site, due to phasing of delivery expected beyond 2034

   • updated sites with increased numbers of homes – primarily brownfield in the town centre such as 200 more residential units on the North Street redevelopment

   • updated sites for student accommodation and Travelling Showpeople – such as Guildford College changing from 100 homes to 200 student accommodation units instead and land at Garlick’s Arch site that is now accommodating six Travelling Showpeople plots

   • new sites for employment floor space/industrial land - such as land around Burnt Common warehouse is the new site for 7,000sqm of industrial land moved from the site at Garlick’s Arch

   • new rail station at Guildford West, Park Barn - is now included as a site allocation

   • reduced total growth requirements from last year’s Local Plan
            o Housing – by 1,400 units
            o Office and research and development floor space – by between 1,100 and 3,500sq m
            o Industrial employment land – by between 1 and 1.2 hectares
            o Comparison retail floor space – by 5,955 sq m (meeting needs to 2030 due to uncertainties in the long term forecasting). 

The consultation runs until July 24th - find out more on the Guildford Borough Council website


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