The Guildford Society

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Speaking up for Guildford's past, present & future 


Local Plan

The Local Plan is due to be presented to a special council meeting for adoption on the 25th April 2019.  The Society has written a open letter to all councillors urging that they defer adopting the plan and seek amendments, for which we have proposed actions,  to the plan to resolve issues with

  • Housing Numbers and Location - Overprovison and unecessary Green Field Development
  • Use the Town Centre and Urban area more effectively for Housing
  • Town Centre - Policies for Development   
  • Infrastructure Dependency - making sure improvement happens
  • Economic Development - don't forget commercial space

The Letter can be read at this link

Station Development - 2 Metres preventing a sensible solution

The Guildford Vison Group (GVG) recently shared documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request to Network Rail.  These show that the Solum development is blocking the provision of a Eastern platform (Platform 0), despite reassurances to the contary at the Planning enquiry.  The Solum Multi-Storey Car Park needs moving by 2 Metres to allow for a new platform on the eastern side of the station!! Network Rail now doesn't wish to develop a platform 0; for reasons that are unclear.  GSoC and GVG have written to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling asking for a explanation of what is going on at the station see link.  

We are concerned that Network Rail are compromising the capacity, and resilience of the station to satisfy the Solum development.

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