Local Plan Update
Local Plan - next step in shaping our Borough's future
We are reaching another milestone in providing much-needed homes, jobs, leisure and other opportunities across the Borough.
Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "The government's Planning Inspector found our submitted Local Plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during the recent public hearings that form part of his independent examination. As with other many other inspections, he recommended that we make some changes before his conclusion and final report, particularly to provide more homes in the first five years of the plan.
"Getting the right balance of sustainable places, jobs and growth that create opportunities for all our communities is essential. Our plan aims to provide a framework to achieve this and we considered the new development sites and other changes asked for by the Inspector very carefully before proposing them in our latest plan."
Subject to Executive approval, we need to consult the public on the main modifications we have made at the Inspector's request. He can then review the comments before completing his examination and final recommendations to the Council.
Cllr Spooner explains further: "Agreeing this consultation is the next important stage in developing our new Local Plan for everyone's future, with sustainable places to live and work, supported by vital infrastructure and a great environment. We aim to start the six-week consultation on the changes on 13 September and will let everyone know how they can get involved nearer the time."
Main modifications summary
The main modifications are changes the Planning Inspector considers necessary to make our entire Local Plan sound.
To satisfy his recommendation for about 550 additional homes that can be fully delivered in the first five years; we used our Spatial Strategy, as he found this sound evidence and did not recommend removing any strategic sites from our submitted plan. Evidence at the public hearings also showed that increasing development in the earlier years would require allocating additional sites in the Green Belt.
In the first five years - we are proposing the following increase to an existing site and additional new sites
• Increasing the allocation at Garlick's Arch by 50 homes
• Urban extension to Godalming (Aaron's Hill) - 200 homes
• Village extensions to
- Flexford (East of Glazier's Lane) - 105 homes
- Chilworth (Hornhatch Farm) - 80 homes
- Send Marsh (Alderton's Farm - 120 homes
Other main modifications for public consultation and review by the Inspector include:
• unmet need of 20% for Woking as part of the West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment
• new policy - delivery of development and regeneration within Guildford town centre
• changes to various existing policies - including steps in the event of slippage on the A3 Investment
Strategy - as this vital supporting transport scheme must take place for development to proceed
• reducing Gosden Hill Farm allocation by 200 to 1,800 homes in total
• creating an allocation for the access to Blackwell Farm - to separate it from the overall allocation to
enable better road and landscaping design
• increasing Garlick's Arch allocation by 150 homes to 550 in total - including 50 in first five years
• increasing Burnt Common industrial floor space to 14,800sqm - to meet employment land needs.
The consultation will only be about the main modifications. We will provide clear instructions about how to comment in writing on these changes when we publicise the consultation details.
To view the agenda, report and other information for the Special Local Plan Executive meeting on 4 September - please visit www.guildford.gov.uk/council
You can also watch the meeting live - or afterwards in our archive - via our online webcasting at www.guildford.gov.uk/webcasting
We submitted our Local Plan to the Secretary of State in December 2017. Alongside the plan, we also submitted all of the public consultation comments made in 2016 and the responses about the changes from last summer's consultation.
The Planning Inspector manages the whole process and decides if he wants to ask the Council, or anyone else, for clarification or to raise concerns as part of testing the soundness of our plan. This includes before, during and after the public hearings.
When the Planning Inspector has reviewed the comments from the next consultation, and completed his examination, he will produce his final report and recommendations.
We will then consider these recommendations and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan.