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New homes, jobs and transport improvements are a step closer as we submit our Local Plan for independent inspection

We have just achieved a major milestone in developing our new Local Plan by submitting it to the government's planning inspectorate.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: "Our plan is about enabling people to thrive, wherever they live or work in the borough, and submitting our plan to the Secretary of State is a significant achievement and move forward for the future of Guildford.

"Local people need a range of homes, especially affordable, a successful economy with great work prospects, good education choices and protected heritage and countryside. Alongside better transport and travel options to support them. Our new Local Plan is the best way to provide these and will enable the Council to tackle local issues and balance community needs across the whole borough.

"The next stage of reviewing the plan is now in the hands of the planning inspectorate. After the government appoints them, an independent Planning Inspector will control and manage the examination, including a set of public hearings."

Cllr Spooner adds: "The plan also aims to put control about how our borough evolves firmly in local hands. Without a plan in place that allows us to consider the bigger picture there is a greater risk of a piecemeal approach driven by developers or those outside the borough. It should also be noted that the Submission Local Plan will now carry some weight in our decision making process. This weight will increase as the plan progresses towards full adoption.

"Although we have now submitted our plan, it is still vital that strategic partners complete their supporting transport and other infrastructure projects. That way we can deliver the new plan in full and give our residents and future generations the great environment, homes and jobs they need."

The Council agreed on 21 November that the plan, supporting evidence and consultation comments could be submitted to the Secretary of State. All of these documents have now been delivered to the planning inspectorate.

They are also available to view online on our website at


For inspection in printed form at locations across the borough from Monday 18 December 2017 at

     - our main Council offices at Millmead House in Guildford
     - Ash Library
     - Guildford Library
     - Horsley Library
     - Shere Diamond Jubilee Library.

Alongside the plan, we will also submit all of last year's public consultation comments and the responses about the changes from this summer's consultation. After a draft Local Plan is submitted, the appointed Planning Inspector then controls and manages the independent examination, which includes a set of public hearings. The independent Planning Inspector will also contact everyone who commented on the draft Local Plan to see if they wish to participate.

When the Planning Inspector has completed their examination, they will produce their report and recommendations. We will then consider any changes they may have recommended and the full Council will be asked to decide whether to adopt the new Local Plan. We hope this final stage for the plan will be achieved by the end of 2018.

Published on 14 December 2017