Guildford Residents Associations
Guildford Residents Associations

Residents Aspirations for Guildford

Document written 2012. Invitations to all RAs on GBC list notified and asked if they wished to suppor the docyument and add their names to it.

Why was the Aspirations Document Written?

Residents have felt marginalised in recent years and we look forward to working in more effective partnership with our representatives and officers. We welcome the intention of the new leader of Guildford Borough Council to usher in “a new era of communication” with residents and to engage and listen.

It is also time to break away from the stereotype that businesses want to talk about growth and residents want to talk about resisting housing development and keeping everything as it is. We are interested in the whole of Guildford, we want change to be for the better and we want past errors, including discordant development, to be addressed.

We wish to have a joined up debate that considers the valued character and viability of our town centre, business parks, suburban communities, villages and countryside, even in relation to sensitive matters such as identifying housing sites.

We ask for a more sophisticated approach to managing the car which distinguishes between ownership and use. We support discouraging avoidable car use by promoting attractive alternatives but seek a rethink on policies that have left us with streets crammed with parked cars, facilities lacking essential parking and car parks earmarked for redevelopment.

Whether money for development is difficult, as it will be for some time due to the current wider economic situation, or plentiful, Guildford needs a longer term plan that reflects joined up thinking to shape its future.

What are Guildford's RAs' Aspirations?

We want Guildford to

  • be highly innovative in planning for the creative and high technology enterprises of the future,
  • avoid over-expansion of our retail areas,
  • adopt a bold and imaginative approach to intractable issues such as traffic congestion and lack of infrastructure investment,
  • ensure that any opportunity for redevelopment is used wisely to enhance our quality of life and to create a legacy in which we can take pride, and
  • take good care of the highly prized legacy we inherit.


We have set out our Aspirations under four themes:

1. Develop a holistic, community focused plan for the Town & Borough

2. Put in place infrastructure to allow innovative, sustainable development whilst maintaining Guildford’s distinctiveness & quality of life

3. Value the green & historic character of Guildford

4. Protect & enhance our countryside & open spaces within the town


Under each theme, we have set out our enduring Aspirations followed by a list of Actions. We ask our Councillors to support our Aspirations and implement the Actions, many of which can be delivered by means of the Local Plan. We call on our Councillors to make a start now on the more challenging aspirations that may take longer to achieve and to set milestones for achievement at 10, 20 and 30 years.

Must See GRA Documents

Press Release:

GRA United in Opposition to Local Plan Across Town and Country (7 June 2016)

You can see the latest press release here.







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