Guildford Residents Associations
Guildford Residents Associations

The Local Plan Process and Timetable

The Local Plan is the key document describing how our Borough will develop for about 20 years into the future. It covers all aspects of communal life in the Borough, including the provision of infrastructure (schools, water etc), the provision of an adequate road network, measures to boost the economy, steps to address social inequality and the provision of housing and much more.


The key elements of the planning system are :

  • Government rules as to how planning should take place (these rules are in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and associated Planning Policy Guidance)
  • The Local Plan
  • Planning Applications & Building Control
  • Enforcement.

Following years of work, involving several consultations, GBC approved a plan on 22 November 2017 for submission to the Secretary of state.  The Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) will be the subject of an Examination in Public (EiP) by an independent Planning Inspector beginning on 5 June 2018.  


GBC anticipates that the new plan will be adopted by the end of 2018.


In addition to the submission on strategy and sites, GBC has to prepare policies on development management to replace those in the existing 2003 Plan. It has also to bring forward proposals for the Community Infrastructure levy which will be the subject of a consultation and then be submitted for independent examination.


For more information see GBC's Local Development Scheme and GBC's dedicated Local Plan website.



Must See GRA Documents

GRA response to the July 2017 Draft Local Plan can be seen here.






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