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Letter: I Can’t Believe the Boring Cuboid Buildings Proposed

Published on: 30 Apr, 2022
Updated on: 30 Apr, 2022

From: Roslyn McMillan

In response to: Latest North Street Designs Revealed – 500 New Flats and Up To 13 Storeys Proposed

Brian Creese sums it up very well: underwhelming, “depressingly unambitious” and another “anonymous, dull and uninspiring urban development”.

I watched the Zoom presentation and couldn’t believe the boring cuboid buildings that the architects had proposed. Their design could have been lifted from umpteen other suburban centres and bears very little relation to this unique historic town. I hoped in vain to see even one outstanding building.

The bus station seems to have fewer stands than now, so presumably will provide less opportunity for passengers, and otherwise offers very little change apart from the entry and exit arrangements.

As to the height of the tallest building, one might have expected the council’s planners to have woken up to the problem when Solum’s monstrous scheme was approved and altered Guildford’s planning policies as a matter of urgency.

I did however like the open spaces and the intention to use no gas as a source of energy.

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Responses to Letter: I Can’t Believe the Boring Cuboid Buildings Proposed

  1. Susan Hibbert Reply

    May 3, 2022 at 7:03 am

    GBC is supposed to be bringing in a height policy (hopefully height restrictions) in the latest part of the Local Plan. Solum should indeed have been a wake-up call and this must be treated as a matter of urgency.

    I know the GRA (the umbrella group of Guildford residents’ associations & parish councils) are arguing for this in their submission to the consultation on this next phase of Guildford’s Local Plan.

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