Guildford Residents Associations
Guildford Residents Associations

The Consultations

Issues & Options Consultation proforma response
GRA HAVE YOUR SAY Flyer 24 Oct 13 versio[...]
Microsoft Word document [51.0 KB]
GRA Response to the I&O consultation (November 2013)
The is the final GRA response, submitted on the 29th November.
GRA Response to IO Local Plan Consultat[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [2.5 MB]
GRA Letter to Councillors (December 2013)
This sets out a summary of the main points made in the GRA response to the I&O consultation.
GRA Letter to Councillors on Local Plan [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [124.9 KB]

The Draft SHMA (March 2014)


Our press release and response to GBC's Draft Strategic Housing Marketing Assessment are available here

GRA press release 21 Feb 2014 FINAL.doc
Microsoft Word document [33.5 KB]
GRA response to the SHMA Feb 2014_FINAL [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [139.0 KB]

The Consultation on the Draft Local Plan (July/September 2014)

The GRA response to the July/September 2014 Draft Local Plan consultation
This response was submitted to GBC on the 22nd of September 2014. The Coordination Group is grateful to all members who contributed to the drafting of this response.
GRA Draft Local Plan consultation respon[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [735.1 KB]

July 2015 Briefing papers for Councillors

GRA - Transport Infrastructure Paper.doc[...]
Microsoft Word document [21.5 KB]
GRA - Housing Paper.docx
Microsoft Word document [21.0 KB]
GRA - University Paper.docx
Microsoft Word document [29.3 KB]

In July the GRA issued all Councillors with the above briefing papers covering housing, infrastructure and the University. These were written especially to help the nearly 1/3 of new Councillors understand the GRA's views and concerns.

Some councillors have expressed amazement that the government statistical service (ONS) is projecting that, taking account of births, deaths and movements within the country, the population of Guildford is projected to fall by 2031 from today’s level. The only growth in the borough's population is projected to come from net international migration - a projection that the ONS admits can only be made with lower reliability and which does not seem to be supported by University plans. The papers below have been issued to Councillors to make this point clear.

Because of this the GRA argues that the estimation of Guildford's future housing need in the SHMA is greatly exaggerated. 

Comments on the ONS Population Forecasts[...]
Microsoft Word document [23.1 KB]
2012 projection table5_tcm77-364156 (sim[...]
Microsoft Excel sheet [2.1 MB]

November 2015 GRA Comments on the Draft Guildford Town Centre Master Plan


GRA very warmly welcomes:

  • The commitment to protecting and enhancing the distinctive landscape, valued views and historical character of Guildford
  • The proposed green corridor and access along the Wey   


GRA has major concerns regarding the following and considers much more work is needed:


Harm to the High Street

  • The plan relegates the High Street to a secondary “heritage area” and shifts the principal retail focus towards the northern side of North Street putting the vibrant character of the High Street at risk.       
  • More generally, there is too much focus on retail expansion.
  • Making the bottom of the High Street into a main road (Scenario 1) and building a wide replacement bridge over the Wey, with raised approaches and junctions, would have unacceptable consequences.  These include noise, air pollution and visual effects of busy and queuing traffic, demolition of character buildings, loss of the present bridge and harm to the setting of St Nicholas church.      


Adverse impact on adjoining residential areas

  • The plan pursues town centre expansion by shifting various town centre impacts, notably traffic and parking, into surrounding, well-established residential areas.
  • The pedestrianised area proposed is too extensive for a gap town.
  • Closing Walnut Tree Close would aggravate congestion.
  • The removal of capacity on the gyratory would result in increased traffic on roads in adjoining residential areas.
  • In practice, traffic will be moved outwards onto an informal outer residential “ring road”.
  • Due to displaced traffic, current rush hour traffic levels will become the norm at off peak times on adjoining residential roads and air quality will deteriorate in these areas.    
  • Using town centre car parks for development and building 6 major new car parks in surrounding residential areas would have a damaging effect on these communities.


Divided town

  • The plan does not improve links across the railway and river exacerbating the problem of Guildford being a divided town.          
  • Closing Bridge Street to traffic (Scenario 2) to create a pedestrian route from the railway station to the town centre is unnecessary if an attractive new pedestrian route, including a wider footbridge, is created along Bedford Road.
  • Traffic restrictions on Bridge Street would result in a damaging loss of connectivity across the river and the congestion and traffic displacement, including vehicles finding alternative routes through villages, would be too great.           
  • The existing bus station would be lost to development yet no site is proposed for a replacement bus interchange from which it should be possible to travel in or out in any direction.  Bus stands along Onslow Street would be unworkable and inadequate.
  • Emergency access to the hospital from the east side of Guildford would only be possible by ambulance.


Inadequate delivery strategy

  • The status of the proposed plan and the feasibility of delivery are too vague.
  • Applications are being submitted which cut across core features of the plan.  

The 2016 and 2017 Consultations on the Draft Local Plan 

GRA Response to the Proposed Submission Draft Plan July 2016
We are grateful to all of our members who contributed to the attached GRA response to this consultation.
GRA RESPONSE Guildford Proposed Submissi[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.1 MB]
GRA Response to the July 2017 Consultation
GRA RESPONSE 2017 Revised Guildford Prop[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [446.0 KB]
Print Print | Sitemap
© Graham Hibbert