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Local Plan Update

Local Plan Update
We welcome the decision of Guildford Borough Council to update the Local Plan.
Our Chair, Amanda Mullarkey spoke at the council meeting on 21st February setting out key concerns:
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The Surrey Hills AONB, June 2023

GRA Response to AONB consultation
This is the GRA response to the proposals for the expansion of the Surrey Hills AONB, June 2023
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We are calling for a Green and Distinctive Guildford

We are calling for a Green and Distinctive Guildford
With the approach of the local election in May, GRA members have agreed a set of priorities that we want to see addressed. Our ‘Asks’ are set out in the attached statement
GRA local election asks 23 fvdnlb.pdf
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Various Updates December 2022

SCC scheme for London Road, Guildford


The roadworks that were announced as starting in January on London Road will be subject of consultation. SCC has said that a public meeting will be held in January 2023 (date noy yet announced). The key issue is the disruption that is likely to be caused by making London Road on-way only for several months in order to create better cycle lanes. The effects on Burpham and Merrow in particular could be serious.


Local Plan – Development Management Policies


The public examination of the second part of the Local Plan, the DMPs, was held in November. The Inspector has now published his proposed revisions to some of the policies, and there will now be a period of public consultation (closing on 2nd February) during which we will comment on the changes being put forward.


St Mary’s Wharf


The proposals for the redevelopment of the Debenham’s site in the centre of Guildford were approved by the GBC Planning Committee in November 2022. 


North Street/Friary Quarter development proposals


The application by St Edward for the major development in the centre of the Guildford seems likely to go before the GBC Planning Committee in January 2023. SCC has raised concerns about the proposals for the bus station, and is recommending that the southern access into the bus station be retained. 


Sewage Treatment Works – Slyfield


The application to Surrey CC by Thames Water to construct a new sewage treatment works at Slyfield was approved on 10th November 2022.  There are numerous conditions attached to the permission. Subsequently, there have been further applications  made setting out proposals for meeting various conditions during the construction process.  (SCC is the statutory authority for planning matters related to minerals and waste-related developments.)


Shaping Guildford’s Future


This is a project being carried out by consultants for Guildford BC, and the funding for the next stage was approved in September 2022.  The reports that have been published are available to be read at this website  The focus of the project is the riverside and the immediate surrounding area, and the scope is comprehensive, starting with flood control measures.  A key issue is the future of the gyratory and achieving modal shift.  


GRA Comments on the Slyfield STW Application

GRA Comments on the Slyfield STW Planning Application
Our comments were submitted on March 15 2022
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Areas for Inclusion in the Surrey Hills AONB. GRA Evidence January 2022

Evidence from Guildford Residents Association Areas for Inclusion in the Surrey Hills AONB
Evidence submitted in January 2022
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GRA Objection to the Proposed Debenham's Site Development

GRA Debenham's Objection
GRA Debenhams Objection.pdf
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GRA comments on St. Mary’s Wharf consultation August 2021

GRA comments on St. Mary’s Wharf consultation August 2021
Redevelopment of the Debenham’s site is being proposed by Native Land. Here is our response to the most recent consultation.
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GRA Comments on Weyside Urban Village planning application, 20/P/02155

20 P 02155 Weyside Urban Village GRA Res[...]
Our response to this planning application was submitted on 12th February 2021.
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1-5 The Quadrant, Bridge Street and the Casino Nightclub

The Quadrant - Casino Inquiry
The appeal against refusal of planning permission for the proposed development of this site (19/P/01974) opened on 2nd February 2021. Amanda Mullarkey had asked to speak on behalf of GRA, and the Inspector invited her to do so on the first morning. Her statement is attached. We are pleased to say that the appeal was withdrawn on 4th February.
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GRA response to consultation on 'Planning for the Future', October 2020

This is the GRA response to the government's White Paper.
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GRA response to the Government (MHCLG) consultation on ‘Changes to the current planning system

Guildford Residents Associations response to consultation on ‘Changes to the current planning system’ Sept 2020
In August the government published its proposals for changes to the way housing need is assessed. The consultation document is available via the MHCLG website and the closing date was 1st October. Our response is attached and we are grateful for input from Neil McDonald in shedding light on the implications of the proposals.
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GRA response to Consultation on Draft Development Management Policies

The second stage of the Local Plan includes the adoption of Development Management Polices (DMPs) which will apply to development carried out in the borough, replacing those that have been in place since 2003.  GBC published the draft DMPS for consultation and GRA submitted the attached response, with the help of input from members.


The consultation draft of the DMPs can be seen  here:


Guildford Residents' Assocations respon[...]
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A3 Guildford scheme not in government’s plans.

On March 11, the Department for Transport published its Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) which covers the period 2020-2025. The scheme to improve J10 M25/A3 (with widening of the A3 from Ockham roundabout to Painshill junction) is included in the list of schemes for implementation.  The strategy also includes a list of schemes that will be prepared for implementation in RIS3. There is one A3 scheme included in the pipeline which is described as A£/A247 Ripley South. But there is no mention of a scheme to improve the A3 in Guildford from the A31 to the A320, which has been studied by Highways England, and has been seen by GBC as a key infrastructure element in the new Local Plan. GBC and SCC will no doubt be considering the consequences for the Local Plan as soon as possible.  

Draft Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy SPD Guildford Residents Association (GRA) Response

GRA response to draft SPD Climate Change[...]
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GRA Consultation Response to the Strategic Development Framework SPD

GRA Comments Strategic Development Frame[...]
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The 2017 North Street Development Consultations

GRA response to GBC North Street Development Consultations
Attached is the GRA questionnaire response on the North Street development. GRA is participating in a series of 6 workshops alongside the town centre RAs.
GRA Comment Form - North Street Developm[...]
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The Solum Application to redevelop the Railway Station

Guildford Society and Guildford Residents Associations Joint Press Release
The Guildford Society and Guildford Residents Associations have joined forces to oppose proposals for a massive, out of character development at Guildford station. The attached statement was released to the press on January 4 2016.
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Solum Station Development to go ahead

Guildford Borough Council Planning Committee voted unanimously against the Solum development, but the developers appealed against the decision.  In spite of the very large numbers of objections across Guildford and by GRA members, the appeal was won and the development will now go ahead.

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