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GSoc DRAFT TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN Stance, 03 Nov 2015

25th November 2015

GSoc DRAFT TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN Stance, 03 Nov 2015

The Guildford Society broadly supports the masterplan vision and its five main place-making concepts.

  1. From concrete collar to major tree-lined park and boulevard: The masterplan encourages the rediscovery of the River Wey.
     
  2. A healthy approach to movement: A reduction in the impact of traffic on the main streets and spaces in the town centre.
     
  3. The new riverside community park: Creating a major new parkland setting for leisure, cultural and commercial uses to make the most of Guildford’s attractive water-side setting.
     
  4. Growing a successful town centre: A sensitive expansion of the town centre, while protecting and enhancing the historic centre.
     
  5. Planning for sustainable development

In particular, we support the strategies rediscovering the River Wey and protecting the historic centre by avoiding the need for tall and bulky buildings which would have a negative impact on Guildford’s character. Views between key buildings such as the cathedral and the castle and views from the town centre to the surrounding countryside are also important features of Guildford. These views are very vulnerable to the impact of taller buildings, particularly where these would break the silhouette or the skyline. We commend the respect for the scale and character of the town shown in the many artist’s impressions in the TCMP, in that the heights of new buildings are shown as three or four stories very occasionally rising to six, indicating that this should be the limit. The policy on height in various areas should be settled through the Local Plan Policies. We would resist any designated area having a limit of more than three to four storeys unless it can be shown that there will be no adverse impact. This is essential, to retain Guildford’s scale and character.

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