The Guildford Society

Your Civic Society

Speaking up for Guildford's past, present & future 


The Guildford Society (GSoc) and Guildford Vision Group (GVG) have welcomed the decision by the examining inspector Jonathan Bore to re-open the Local Plan hearing to consider new housing numbers in the light of revised, lower Office of National Statistics (ONS) projections. The inspector has asked the council to propose dates for another hearing session. 

Both societies are also requesting the examining inspector allows the reopened public hearing to  consider the council’s proposed new town centre policy (S3) wording, not just the housing numbers.  See our full response to the Main Modifications at this link

The  joint press release can be found at this link.


The Society is pleased to announce the dates for the Craft Market in December 2018 please see Hot Topics


The Guildford Society Planning Group have produced a brief summary of their recent activities.  A key point is the possible overprovision of Student Housing if all planning applications are accepted - See Hot Topics.  The full Summary is available at this link.


The Environment Agency held a recent event outlining plans for flood walls in the centre of Guildford.  The agencies leaflet can be seen on this link.  Guildford Society are interested to see how these proposals can be incorporated in the current planning applications along Walnut Tree Close 

11th December 2018 


The Christmas Social Evening will be held Tuesday 11th December in the Guildhall, starting with a reception at 7pm, to the strains of a classical guitar played by Tom Rotherham, who will subsequently entertain us more formally.


Light refreshments will be served at the end of his recital.


This is a ticketed event, details of ticket costs and how to apply will be circulated shortly in the GSoC magazine and posted on the website.


  • About us

    About Us & Meetings

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

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    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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    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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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

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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...