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A step foward for Guildford's future

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A step foward for Guildford's future

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:20am 17th May 2017. (Updated at 12:09pm 17th May 2017)

Plans for the future of Guildford take another big step forward - after a meeting of the Borough Council last night. 

The Council has approved a final draft of the Local Plan.

It sets out development for the town over the coming years - through to 2034.

There were some proposed amendments to the plan - including dropping some aspects of development at Blackwell Farm near the University of Surrey, and Wisley Airfield - but these were voted down.

The plan goes out to public consultation next month  -  for six weeks from June 6 to July 18.

The Council said it will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan.

It said it will then submit these, along with all of last year's consultation comments to the independent Planning Inspector.

Leader of the Council, Paul Spooner, said: "We continue to make progress in developing our new Local Plan to balance community needs and tackle local issues, wherever you live or work in our borough. Our next consultation, in June and July, is targeted on just the updates to the plan and is another opportunity to help shape the future by giving feedback about the specific changes we propose.

"We reviewed the comments from last year's consultation and made a number of significant changes to the plan and proposed sites, as well as updating the supporting evidence and policies. We remain committed to fundamental principles, such as our 'brownfield first' policy of proposing sites with past development, and some of the changes increase the number of homes in the town centre with reduced or removed housing sites in rural areas and greenbelt.

"The plan we submit for independent inspection will provide much-needed homes, jobs and leisure opportunities. As well as places to live and thrive, local people also need a great environment; with transport and other vital infrastructure to support them. We continue to work with our local and strategic partners on their supporting transport and other projects, which they must complete so we can deliver the Local Plan in full."

During the consultation the Council is planning to hold three public drop-in events - the dates and venues have not yet been confirmed.

You can see further information on the Local Plan on the Council's website.

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