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Council Publishes Latest Local Plan Document

Published on: 30 Apr, 2014
Updated on: 30 Apr, 2014

Guildford Borough Council has released its latest volume of a key Local Plan evidence base document.

The Green Belt and Countryside Study (Volume V) pinpoints possible locations for housing and other development.

The document forms part of the evidence that will inform the Draft Local Plan, which will be open for public consultation this summer.

Guildford Borough CouncilThe document looks at:
The potential expansion of settlements in adjoining boroughs, including a site on the edge of Farncombe.

Possible expansion or redevelopment of major previously developed sites, and proposed removal of the University of Law, HM Prison Send, Keogh Barracks, Mount Browne, Peasmarsh Industrial Estate, Pirbright Barracks and the Research Institute in Pirbright from the green belt.

The possible expansion of villages located within or bordering the Surrey Hills AONB, with potential development areas in Shere and Gomshall.

Further consideration of countryside beyond the green belt, including an additional site south of Tongham.

Potential major expansion of the most sustainable villages, with possible development areas in Normandy/Flexford, Send and Send Marsh/Burnt Common.

The potential creation of a new settlement at Wisley airfield.

The council has also released an addendum to Volume II and re-issued Volume IV with the additional work recently requested by the Joint Scrutiny Committee.

Volume II addendum:
Reviewing the way the following green belt purposes were scored – safeguarding the countryside from encroachment, and preserving the setting and special character of historic towns.

Consideration of all urban edge land parcels for their development potential.

Volume IV:
Review of the volume and the way insetting was assessed.

In the council’s statement, Cllr Monika Juneja, Lead Councillor for Planning and Governance, said: “It is important to emphasise that we have not made a decision on future development sites. Our evidence base documents provide information on the options available and the level of growth we can potentially accommodate.

“Our specialists Pegasus identified the potential development areas in Volume V through an assessment of sites that may be developed without harming the main purpose of the green belt.

“It is important to note that only those that appear in the new Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) could be made available for future use. We will need to consider the Green Belt and Countryside Study with our other evidence documents to ensure we plan for a sustainable future.

“I encourage everyone to view the documents and give their feedback in our Draft Local Plan consultation this summer.”

You can view the Green Belt and Countryside Study at

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Responses to Council Publishes Latest Local Plan Document

  1. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    May 3, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Whatever happened to ‘Guildford Town Sites’ in Walnut Tree Close, Bus Depot in Leas Road and Mary Road car park sites respectively (Nos.5,6 and 8) in the earlier Town Centre Masterplan document?

  2. Mary Bedforth Reply

    May 4, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I am getting tired of reading about firms of consultants being employed by GBC. Are there no officers in place to formulate reports?

    Fees? Who appoints them? Some transparency please Ms Juneja.

    This is Pegasus referred to in the article.

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