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faq icon + 20043 Protecting the future of Burpham Court Farm

The future of Burpham Court Farm has been decided following a meeting of the Council's Executive last night (18 April). The Council-owned buildings will be sold for residential use, while the remaining farmland will continue to be protected and could be turned into a wetland nature reserve for the community. Read more >

faq icon + 20042 Expanded Enforcement Team for Guildford to help keep borough green, clean and safe

Littering, fly tipping and other antisocial behaviour will be targeted more closely in future, thanks to an expanded Enforcement Team for our borough. Jointly funded by Guildford Borough Council and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, the scheme was approved at a meeting of the Council's Executive last night (18 April). Read more >

faq icon + 20041 New Countryside Vision for improving recreation and wildlife habitat

Our new Countryside Vision Strategy aims to deliver long-term sustainable management of Guildford's countryside areas, to provide safe access for recreation, as well as contributing to a network of wildlife habitat that future generations can access and enjoy. Read more >

faq icon + 20033 Cross party review leads to Planning Committee improvements

The Council agreed last night (11 April) to make a number of changes as agreed by the Planning Committee on 8 March. Read more >

faq icon + 20014 First look at updated Local Plan

We continue to make progress in developing our new Local Plan - with significant and minor changes - alongside reduced housing numbers and removed, new or updated sites for homes, employment and infrastructure. Read more >

faq icon + 19997 Statement of Persons Nominated for Guildford divisions - Surrey County Council elections

Surrey County Council elections will take place on Thursday 4 May 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 19995 Guildford Design Awards 2017

Entries are now being accepted for Guildford Borough Council's biennial Design Awards, which celebrate well-designed, innovative architectural and environmental projects that contribute to the aesthetic quality and the sustainability of the borough. Read more >

faq icon + 19934 Two conservation area appraisal consultations announced

Guildford Borough Council will be conducting a four-week public consultation on two draft conservation area appraisals for Holmbury St Mary in Shere and for Ripley. Read more >

faq icon + 19930 Visit boosts Guildford Freiburg link

Developing links through innovation, urban planning, housing and culture were at the forefront of an official visit to Guildford's twin town Freiburg recently. Read more >

faq icon + 19901 Voter registration and deadlines for Surrey County Council elections

Surrey County Council elections take place on Thursday 4 May. Read more >

faq icon + 19878 Guildford celebrates national honours given to local residents

A reception was held last night to celebrate the Guildford residents who received national honours in 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 19876 Local businesses sign up to Guildford Corporate Citizenship Charter

Celebrating the positive influence that local businesses have on the lives of those who live and work in Guildford is one of the key themes of the new Guildford Corporate Citizenship Charter, set up by Guildford Borough Council. Read more >

faq icon + 19874 Guildford Borough Council retains Aa1 credit rating

In a recently published independent report, Moody's the globally respected credit ratings agency, has given a ringing endorsement to Guildford Borough Council's financial management. Read more >

faq icon + 19873 Council acts to address air quality concerns

Improving air quality in the borough will be the focus of a new working group, set up following recommendations made by the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee to Executive recently. Read more >

faq icon + 19864 Stakeholder meetings organised to seek views about the bus station and redevelopment of the lower North Street area

A series of stakeholder meetings are being organised to gather opinions and feedback about new bus station proposals as part of the redevelopment of the town centre's lower North Street area. Read more >

faq icon + 19863 Get involved - Guildford in Bloom 2017 competition is now open

As our gardens and parks show signs of springing back into life, Guildford Borough Council is delighted to announce that this year's Guildford in Bloom competition is now open to enter. Read more >

faq icon + 19847 Freedom to Play project brings play sessions to ATC Pirbright

Children and young people are being offered the space and freedom to play in a joint project between Guildford Borough Council and the Armed Forces Community Covenant, called Freedom to Play. Read more >

faq icon + 19842 Uber driver fined for illegal plying for hire

An Uber driver has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford. Read more >

faq icon + 19841 Effingham Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation dates announced

As a result of Guildford Borough Council designating Effingham as a Neighbourhood Area on 4 April 2013, Effingham Parish Council has engaged with the parish community and other stakeholders to produce the Effingham Neighbourhood plan. Read more >

faq icon + 19840 Albury Neighbourhood Plan - Confirmation of Designation

The Albury Neighbourhood Area has been designated following an application from Albury Parish Council and after a public consultation which took place between 23 January and 19 February 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 19837 Guildford celebrates Parks and Leisure volunteers' achievements

Our Parks and Leisure team held a reception last night to thank our many local volunteers for giving their time to support countryside events and projects around Guildford. Read more >

faq icon + 19819 A new future for Burchatts Barn

The Council is exploring options for the future of Burchatts Farm Barn. In a market-testing exercise, expressions of interest are being invited for leasing the Grade-II listed Georgian venue, on the edge of our award-winning Stoke Park. Read more >

faq icon + 19816 Love Outdoor Play Week - Playrangers bring fun activities to Guildford

Love Outdoor Play Week (20 - 24 March 2017) celebrates the play opportunities on offer throughout Guildford's fantastic green spaces. Read more >

faq icon + 19812 A3 improvements - Guildford benefits from over £4 million of government road funding

Local A3 improvement schemes are in the top four South East government road-funding projects, announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport. Read more >

faq icon + 19804 ATC Pirbright awarded Freedom of the Borough by Guildford Borough Council

ATC Pirbright, the Army training centre, has received the Freedom of the Borough of Guildford, as recognition of their history of distinguished service and outstanding contribution to the local community and the nation. Read more >

faq icon + 19802 Innovate Guildford inspires all ages: visitors flock to free science and arts festival

From robots and virtual reality, to comedy and coding skills - there was something to inspire all ages at Innovate Guildford, our free science and arts festival on Saturday. Read more >

faq icon + 19769 Guildford celebrates sporting achievements

Wednesday 1 March saw our local Olympians, Paralympians and Invictus Games competitors sharing their successes with Guildford's first group of Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Young Ambassadors. Read more >

faq icon + 19746 Explore a world of free science and arts at Innovate Guildford - this Saturday 4 March

Our fantastic free science and arts festival, Innovate Guildford, is back for a second year, bigger and better than ever! It takes place this Saturday 4 March at G Live in Guildford from 10am to 5pm, with a full programme of talks, workshops and performances to enjoy alongside the four exhibitor zones; engineering, health, technology and future living. Read more >

faq icon + 19743 Tree conservation works including removal of willow tree

Essential tree conservation works will take place in Guildford town centre at the beginning of March, including the re-pollarding of a number of plane and willow trees along Millmead. As part of the process we need to remove a willow tree alongside the Town Bridge, next to Portsmouth Road surface car park. Read more >

faq icon + 19738 Winners of Guildford Innovation Awards announced

The winners of the Guildford Innovation Awards for 2017 were announced last night, at an awards ceremony leading up to the free Innovate Guildford Festival, on 4 March at G Live. Read more >

faq icon + 19737 Responses to Draft Local Plan 2016 consultation published

Over 6,000 residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders responded to the regulation 19 pre-submission public consultation about the Draft Local Plan in June-July 2016. Read more >

faq icon + 19725 Health, sport and play receive welcome boost from community grants

Fourteen charitable organisations, from sports clubs to youth development, will receive a share of over £108,000 from Guildford Borough Council to support projects that improve the lives of local residents. Read more >

faq icon + 19712 Project Aspire supports local community projects

Dozens of community projects from sports to choirs, return to work skills to an allotment for everyone to enjoy, have been backed with new funding from Project Aspire. Project Aspire is an ongoing Guildford Borough Council project, working with communities in North Guildford, Ash and Merrow to support local initiatives and help strengthen community spirit. Read more >

faq icon + 19686 Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer

Milestones for developing our new Local Plan are set out in an updated Local Development Scheme, which the Executive will consider at its meeting on Tuesday 21 February. The proposed timetable includes targeted public consultation in June-July 2017. Read more >

faq icon + 19683 Work to replace town centre Walnut Bridge begins

Preliminary work to replace the existing pedestrian Walnut Bridge with a new, iconic 'cable stay' bridge, will start later this month. Read more >

faq icon + 19674 Council investing in Guildford

The budget for 2017-18 approved by the Council last night features investment and improvements in Council services, set against a backdrop of significant cuts in government funding. Councillors agreed that Guildford Borough Council's portion of the council tax should increase by 3.19% or £5 a year for a band D property. Read more >

faq icon + 19672 James Whiteman becomes new Managing Director from 1 June

Last night (8 February) the Council agreed to appoint James Whiteman, our current Deputy Managing Director and Director for Environment, to be Guildford Borough Council's new Managing Director and Head of Paid Service. Read more >

faq icon + 19472 Guildford Pop Up Village - temporary closure

After careful consideration, a decision has been taken to temporarily close Guildford Pop Up Village on Sunday 29 January and reopen in the spring. Read more >

faq icon + 18756 Targeted consultation next step for Draft Local Plan

Following initial feedback to the latest public consultation and further review work, we can now move forward and outline the next step in developing our Draft Local Plan. Read more >

faq icon + 17653 Thousands have their say on Draft Local Plan

We are checking and inputting the many letters and emails, alongside the online responses, to our latest consultation. Read more >

faq icon + 18782 Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced together to ensure suitable infrastructure

Draft Local Plan and Transport Strategy produced in parallel for coordinated benefits Read more >

faq icon + 18787 Draft Local Plan will strengthen cultural, historical and physical wellbeing within Guildford borough

History, culture and heritage contribute significantly to sense of place and appeal of the borough Read more >

faq icon + 18798 Public consultation on draft Local Plan given go-ahead at Full Council meeting

Six week consultation period from 6 June to 18 July including three public drop-in events Read more >

faq icon + 18802 Recreation and leisure choices highlighted in Local Plan for residents, visitors, shoppers and wildlife

Sizeable protected areas, especially AONBs and SPAs, lead to demand for more SANGs Read more >

faq icon + 18806 Buoyant local economy in jeopardy without delivery of the Local Plan

Major risk of growing companies moving elsewhere if they cannot expand within the borough Read more >

faq icon + 19571 Local Plan will tackle the borough's potential housing crisis

Big difference between supply and demand for suitable homes. Many more homes need to be affordable, especially for essential workers. Housing shortage has a major impact on employment and transport Read more >