Town Centre Master Plan 

Guildford Council decided in the summer of 2020 to proceed with the Guildford Economic Regeneration Programme (GERP) within which a major element is the production of Town Centre Master Plan (TCMP).   

This initiative will result ultimatelly in Supplementary Planning Documents being adopted to guide development of the Town. 

The Council previously commissioned Allies and Morrison to conduct a similar exercise.  This resulted a in draft set of proposals in 2014.  The Allies Morrison proposals were never adopted by the council.  

Subsequent to the Allies and Morrison Report the Guildford Vison Group produced an innovative scheme that involved a major change to the central road layout in Guildford.  This scheme was the result of a study commisioned by Guildford Vision Group from Leonard Design Architects . A video of this scheme can be found here.    Further details can be found on the Guildford Vison Group site

The curent GERP project covers an area in the Town Centre that extends beyond the normal Town Centre boundary



Work is underway with a team assembled

Amongst many items the GBC Budget Council Meeting on the 10th February 2021 discussed and approved; was the budget for the Guildford Economic Regeneration Programme (GERP), which includes the Town Centre Masterplan.

The Programme is to be run as a staged process with 3 major gateways – with Full Council sign-off and approval at each gateway.

Gateway 1

Procurement of professional team

High Level Strategic Appraisal of constraints & opportunities

Consideration of Development Plan document process

Report to Executive

Gateway 2

Development of options and concepts

Preparation of Business Case

Submission of Grant applications

Gateway 3

Grant Funding Award

Infrastructure detail design

Infrastructure Planning applications

A Major Programme

The GERP is to be run as a Major Programme.

The Council will use its own land and expertise to expand the delivery of affordable new homes and other commercial uses and in time work with partners to deliver the proposed regeneration

A Portfolio Board has been established to oversee the governance of the programme with the day to day management being controlled by a team of Senior Officers responsible for the progressing of activities on the programme. The Senior Management will report to the Portfolio board on a quarterly basis. 

The Senior Reporting Officer role is to be carried out by the Strategic Services Director (Dawn Hudd), supported by the Regeneration Lead.

A Team of Talent

A Professional team of consultants has been assembled to aid the council consisting of

The project will follow the principles of a gateway methodology for the delivery of the programme in line and has been broken down into a number of sub project workstreams.

Full details can be seen here

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