The Guildford Society

Your Civic Society

Respecting the Past and engaging in the Future of Guildford and Environs 

Society Operations
Sadly, the Coronavirus Virus has prevented the Society and its work groups meeting in person.  We are moving all meetings to use conferencing technology for the immediate future; not the same as meeting in person, but we can still operate effectively.

The Society wishes all its members and correspondents good health during the current problems, and please adopt safe practices.
Coronavirus and Guildford
The Guildford Dragon has conducted a interesting interview with the leader of Guildford Borough Council, Cllr Reeves, about the current “lockdown” imposed to delay the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and how the council is responding to this challenge.  See Link on The Guildford Dragon
The council is keeping a Covid-19 response page updated See Link
The latest central government information and advice can be found at this Link.   
Obviously, many businesses have closed, hopefully, on a temporary basis.  It should be noted that several local restaurants and pubs are offering Take Away and Food Delivery which provide a partial alternate to Supermarket deliveries which are struggling to meet demand.  Worth checking Websites and Local Facebook pages to see who is operating, these small businesses will be grateful for support in their time of need.
Sadly, there are several scams going on, be careful who you deal with either as a volunteered or offers of aid.  For those members interested in volunteering their services it is worth approaching the Voluntary Action South West Surrey on 01483 565456 or e-mail  Visit
Supplementary Planning Document
Activity has not entirely stopped the society is currently reviewing the consultation on the Supplementary Planning Document for Draft Climate Change, Sustainable Design, Construction and Energy Supplementary Planning Document  (See the SPD at this link on the GBC Website)

Taylor Woodrow have announced that they have acquired the Wisley site and have partnered with VIVID on affordable housing provision for the site.  VIVID are also involved with the Cathedral Stag Hill scheme.  We await the plans with interest.
Local Plan Delivery
An aspect of the local plan has been its dependence on infrastructure provision for the major sites.  Highways England have been silent on what is proposed for the A3 apart from the M25/A3 junction.  The Local Plan Inspector was vocal in questioning the ability of the strategic sites to be delivered without a major A3 upgrade.  It is a year since the Local Plan was adopted surely surely plans should have been published by now?  

Transport Developments that affect Guildford

The Society has commneted on two developments plans to update Reigate Station with a third platform (See Link to our Letter to Network Rail) and plans to encroach on the trackbed on the Guildford Horsham Line (See Link to our letter of objection)

Planning Group

The Planning Group has created its summary report for the first half of 2019 please the post on the Planning section of the site via this link


  • About us

    About Us & Meetings

    We are a society of volunteers passionate about Guildford, its past, present & future...

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  • Members

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    Hot Topics & News

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    Get Social

    Guildford Society on a Ad-Hoc basis organises meetings, lectures and events...

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  • Design and Heritage

    Design and Heritage

    D&H works with and through many major public and national organisations to protect the heritage of Guildford...

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  • News and Publications

    Local Economy

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  • planning


    The Planning Group reviews all applications in the Guildford town centre, and in the Guildford urban area which it considers to have significant impact on the locality.

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  • transport


    The Transport Group is particularly concerned with the road and rail facilities around the town and with the needs of its users in the area.

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Newsletters  and Publications

We print newsletters twice a year and eventually hope to do so in  an electronic format. GSoc members who have given us their email contacts (and also our registered followers) receive regular news bulletin updates and can sign up to our Facebook and Twitter links

The Guildford Society has a small quantity of books available for sale,
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Your Voice

Your Voice

Guildford faces major developments that will affect its future housing, transport, work, retail & leisure environment .

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Local Plan, Town Centre Master Plan, North St redevelopment, Housing numbers, Garden Villages, Transport infrastructure and much more...