The Guildford Society

Your Civic Society

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

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to all who attended the Annual General Meeting at Dapdune Walk, on a fine sunny evening.  After the AGM John Gibson National Trust Manager of the Wey Navigation gave an interesting talk on the Wey and the Dapdune site.  

Local Plan

As expected, the Local Plan has now been challenged by two organisations and one individual.  The legal process is now underway to determine if there are grounds for a judicial review.

Casino Site Appeal

The appeal date is now set as 6th September to allow the building of a 14 story high block on the Casino Site.   The Society will be opposing this development as we feel its mass and scale are inappropriate for the town centre.  See Planning Application

Views Supplementary Planning Document

The council has now produced a supplementary Planning Document based on the Town Centre Views Study.  The society will be commenting in full to the council.  See More

Heathrow Airport

You may ask how this affects Guildford, but it does.  The recently announced consultation on plans for the third runway, whatever your views on having a third runway, is notably weak on supporting proper transport links from the south into the airport.  Heathrow gives only cautious support for the proposed rail link to Basingstoke/Guildford.   The Society believes Heathrow needs to aggressively support good reliable public transport links to the airport for Airport Employees and Travellers.  See More

Guildford Station - a opportunity?

Keir Construction, who are one half of the Solum Joint Venture redeveloping the east side of the station, as part of a restructuring, may sell the division that handles large scale developments like Solum.

Guildford Borough Council did try to buy the plaza site in the town centre last year.  Surrey County Council have announced they are concentrating investment in the county rather than a more general portfolio. 

If Keir do divest their share of Solum is there a opportunity for GBC and/or SCC to buy into the development and create the opportunity to redevelop the station in a sensible manner.   

Using council investment funds in viable projects that benefit the community, such as a redeveloped station site that is critical to the future of Guildford, would be a good outcome.



  • About us

    About Us & Meetings

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

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    Hot Topics & News

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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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    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...