GRA aims to bring together residents associations and parish councils from across the borough to share ideas and information to enable the voices of residents be captured in the emerging Local Plan for Guildford. GRA was formed in 2012.
GRA membership consists of 25 RAs and parish councils who support the GRA's statement of residents' "Aspirations for Guildford". The "Aspirations" paper is also supported by the Guildford Society and CPRE. Membership of GRA is open all RAs and parish councils in the borough who support our Aspirations paper.
Our vision is for all Guildford residents to enjoy a good quality of life in a healthy, enriching environment within caring communities. Achieving this requires Guildford to:
If you want to know more about GRA or want to enquire about your RA or parish council joining the GRA then you can contact us at
GRA is now preparing its strategy for the forthcoming Examination in Public of the Local Plan. All consultations on the Local Plan have now ended, and GBC responses to the consultation responses submitted by organisations and the public (in a very lengthy document) are on their website: www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination
The Inspector has sent questions to Guildford Borough Council prior to the beginning of the Examination and these are also on the GBC Local Plan website: www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination.
The Examination begins at 10 am on Tuesday 5th June in the Council chamber at Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead House, Guildford. The independent Inspector appointed by the Government, Mr Jonathan Bore, will consider at the Examination whether the Plan is sound. An independent programme officer appointed by the Inspector will manage the Examination process.
These GRA reports, its own response to the consultation and our recent press release (see opposite under "Must See GRA Documents") are our contribution to helping local democracy flourish in our borough, by assisting and encouraging all Guildford's residents who share our vision to have their voice heard in the consultation on the Submission Draft Local Plan.