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Letter: Guildford Should Adopt 3D Plan Modelling To Move With The Times

Published on: 21 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 21 Jun, 2020

A still from GVG’s fly-through animation in 2017

From Alistair Smith

Chair of the Guildford Society

In response to: A Model Way We Could All See What Our Town’s Future Looks Like In Planning

The Guildford Society is fully supportive of making planning applications visible to the general public by using the latest technology.

The Society’s Annual Architecture 2019 presentation featured a demonstration of the technology available.

With major development coming across the borough we need this technology urgently to support the council, it could save money. The public could view what is happening via interactive screens at Millmead and at public gatherings.

Guildford needs to move with the times.

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Responses to Letter: Guildford Should Adopt 3D Plan Modelling To Move With The Times

  1. Martin Elliott Reply

    June 22, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Don’t we need a Town Centre Master Plan, discussed and adopted, and a few proposals before we worry about established “Virtual Unreality” presentations.

    We’ve already seen this with a GVG presentation to a few people. However, the view projected of a virtual drone is not something real people will ever see.

    Stick to progressing some needed planning first and leave the gimmicks to those trying to find a market or VR [virtual reality] in the real world, such as walkthrough of a real building.

  2. Bill Stokoe Reply

    June 23, 2020 at 11:31 am

    I’m glad Martin Elliot is so supportive of a masterplan for the town centre, something GVG has been lobbying for over the past eight years or more. He should, however, not confuse GVG’s ‘walkthrough'(seen by over 500 people on launch at our public meetings, plus thousands via our website) with what we are calling for now. The modelling starts with an overflight by an aircraft capturing stereoscopic images from which the digital model is then derived.

    If only we had had the model up and running for the Solum application. People would have been able to see clearly its ten storey impact on its setting and surrounds. With twenty-five (of the 32) London boroughs, including the City of London, employing the technology, I’d suggest there must be benefits for our planning team to utilise, and for us residents to better appreciate the impact and benefits of the large schemes heading our way.

    Bill Stokoe is the chairman of Guildford Vision Group

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