Welcome to the Guildford Society

The Guildford Society has been an active voice, speaking up for the town and its surrounding countryside and villages, since 1896. As a Civic Society, we act as a focus for all who care about Guildford’s heritage and environment. 

We pay close attention to Key Sites scheduled for Development/Redevelopment in the borough; and the on-going development of the Town Centre Master Plan.

Hot Topics

Our latest or most important news is below.

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Lecture - Multiple Housing Design View article The Society is pleased to annouce the annual Architecture Lecture held in conjuction with the University of Surrey. Providing quality multiple housing has a special importance for Guildford with several large new developments planned in the Town C... View article London could provide a model for Guildford View article Guildford has seen little infrastructure investment in Water, Sewage, Electricity, Roads and Rail over the last few decades.  Although investment is emerging e.g. New Sewage Plant as part of the Slyfield development, it is a slow process and har... View article SCC Consult on Local Transport Plan View article Public Consultation is underway on the Surrey County Council Local Transport Plan 2022-2032.  Consultation closes on October 24th 2021 The forward to the plan highlights ‘Meeting the ambitious county and national carbon reduction target... View article Transport Changes in London View article For those who visit London; the first major addition to the London Underground this century has come into service with the Northern line being extended to serve new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station. The new stations will... View article Doughnut Economics in Guildford View article Refashioning Economics for the 21st Century The Guildford Surrey Green Week run by Zero Carbon Guildford was kicked off by a workshop on ‘Doughnut Economics’ run by the Doughnut Economics Action Lab. As the Doughnut Economics Lab de... View article Guildford Housing Department - Experiment with Design View article Guildford Borough Council (GBC) have recently revealed plans to redevelop a small site on Clover Road currently occupied by disused garages replacing it with  8 apartments, all being affordable housing.  Planning application 21/P/01646 refe... View article Guildford Cathedral Housing Plans View article The Guildford Local Plan Policy A15 has allocated 100 houses on the South Side of the Cathdral Hill leading down to Arlesford Rd. A new round of consultation has now commentnced. VIVID and Guildford Cathedral will be holding a public webinar on Th... View article Guildford – A week to Remember. View article There are three events happening in the Town Centre over the next week. Heritage Open Days Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 September Discover the hidden treasures on your doorstep and celebrate our borough's heritage as England's largest festiv... View article Motoring Getting Cheaper View article The government is seeking to move the country to using green transport through various measures including: Supporting Active Travel (Walking and Cycling) Revision to Bus Management Support alternative fuelled vehicles notably electric cars ... View article Interesting Vienna Development View article Vienna is developing the Village im Dritten (Village in the Third District) as a new quarter, with a ‘Park for All’ in the middle. The design has a number of interesting features.  Shielding from Noise and Pollut... View article Guildford Society Responds to St Marys Wharf Consultation 3 View article

The Society welcomes moves redevelop the Debenhams site.  However, we consider the scheme, as presented during this 3rd Consultation, is fundamentally flawed. 


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Permitted Development Rights - loosening of the regulations View article Guildford is seeing an increasing number schemes coming forward based on using Permitted Development Rights (PDR’s).  As from 1st August the scope of PDR’s has been widened to include vacant shops, restaurants and gyms; as well as of... View article Transport - A Tale of Two Cities. View article Birmingham is in the final stages of a consultation exercise to reduce motoring by making motor vehicle journeys longer and inconvenient.  Journeys by Bus, Bicycle and on foot will be made easier, pleasanter, quicker, and safer. The city Cent... View article
Topic Areas

Our Posts are categorised by Topic Areas, use the links below to see ALL posts by Topic.  Society News on critical issues and events etc. is available here.

The Topic Areas also provide appropriate details of the Society Working Groups.

Help us make Guildford better

As a Civic Society, we act as a focus for all who care about Guildford’s heritage and environment. While mindful of the past, 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.

Other Organisations

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.

Support Us

Getting involved allows the society to continue its work.   We welcome new members, from every age and background.  Membership provides an opportunity for you to contribute to the continued health of the town and surrounding area, and to meet other people who care about Guildford.