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North Street Approved 4th December View article The Planning application 23/P/01211 for the scheme consented by the planning committee, subject to finalisation of conditions, in October 2023 was finally  approved on the 4th December 2023 after conditions had been agreed with Council. Appea... View article Guildford Design Awards 2023 - Winners Announced View article The Guildford Design Awards, organised by The Guildford Society in partnership with Guildford Borough Council recognise and reward excellence in architecture, urban design, planning and public art across the borough. At a event in the Boatyard Gui... View article House of Fraser - Uncertain Future. View article The owners of the House of Fraser Site, Canada Life, have decided after what appears to have been a year of negotiation not to accept an offer by Fenwicks to become a tenant in the now closed House of Fraser store.  The Guildford Dragon reported... View article Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan Guildford Area View article Surrey County Council, which manages the major roads in Guildford Borough is developing a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for Guildford to help determine where best to prioritise improvements. SCC have run a consult... View article Greenbelt Supplementary Planning Document. View article The final version for approval of the Greenbelt Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) has now been published.  The SPD does not create new policy rather expands on and gives guidance in relation to the Policy P2 in the Local Plan: strategy and ... View article Progress by the Phoenix Project Lewes View article The Society organised a presentation from Human Nature the developers of The Phoenix Scheme, which is seeking permission to create a new neighbourhood on a 7.9HA site on the banks of the River Ouse, in the centre of Lewes.  The Phoenix aims... View article Summary of Shaping Guildford's Future as at April 2023 View article Shaping Guildford's Future (SGF) has a had a lenghty gestation covering a couple of years.  The project has progressed to defining the 3rd stage of the project which was to make the proposals fully defined with supporting policies.  ... View article New electric buses- but not from Guildford. View article Dennis Motors or Alexander Dennis as it is now known, is an old Guildford Company which moved in 2020 nearly all its operations out of Guildford.  It has recently announced a new generation of Electric Buses offering more choice, more flexibilit... View article Law College site to be Senior Living and Housing? View article The developers of the Law College Site (Elysian Residences) have made several changes to the proposed scheme following consultations with local Residents GBC and other interested parties.  (See Brochure at Bottom of Post)  A planning applic... View article Innovative Industrial Building in London View article Be First, the regeneration arm of The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, has recently completed Industria an innovative multi-storey ramped industrial/warehouse scheme. The Scheme Architects are Haworth Tompkins.  The scheme pr... View article Architecture Lecture 2023 - Videos of the Event View article The Society, in conjunction with the University of Surrey held its Annual Architecture Lecture on the 4th October 2023. The topic was Addressing the Challenges of Urban Housing Design. The Guildford Society with our partners the University... View article Stag Hill - Subject to Appeal View article Guildford Cathedral has submitted an appeal against the refusal of the planning application (21/P/02333) by GBC, for the housing scheme on Stag Hill. The acting dean Stuart Beake, the previous Dean Dianna Gwilliams retired in September, has m... View article London Road Cycle Way - Consultation Extended View article The proposals to revise London Road to provide a cycle way along to road from York Road to the Lidl Store in Merrow have provoked much debate, in part caused by a flawed consultation conducted by Surrey County Council.  Main roads in Guildford a... View article Refuse Collection View article Electric Refuse Vehicles look as if they are becoming a reality.  Kingston upon Thames is replacing its current diesel fleet, helping to improve the borough’s air quality and contribute to the council’s climate targets by signific... View article Traffic in Guildford Town View article The North Street Scheme, in its pivotal position in the centre of Guildford, will if consented have a significant impact on transport around the Town Centre. Using the latest  revided application (23/P/01211) we have summarised some of the ... View article Guildford Design Awards 2023 - Short List Announced View article The Guildford Design Awards, organised by The Guildford Society in partnership with Guildford Borough Council recognise and reward excellence in architecture, urban design, planning and public art across the borough. We are delighted to announce t... View article

The Guildford Society

The Guildford Society has been an active voice, speaking up for the town and its surrounding countryside and villages for over a century.  

While mindful of the past, our heritage and precious environment, we look firmly to the future

We recognise that development must, and will, take place. However, we do not believe this should be at the expense of Guildford’s historic character and beauty, nor of the unspoilt countryside that surrounds it. 

We want our town to be vibrant, attractive, and liveable. We support development that brings a sense of place and enhances the best aspects of our town. If such aims can be embraced, we believe Guildford has the chance to lead the way in enabling sensitive and sustainable development.

Pressures for development are increasing. Planning rules are being eased. The Society’s commitment to standing up for Guildford is needed more than ever.  

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The Society engages with a variety of other organisations who share our interests and we share their links for information. We are also include links to Guildford Borough Council and other Government bodies and Developers of key sites. Finally we include other links of interest that are related to the borough.

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