The council has on its website a Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document for the North Street site written to support the Guildford Local Plan 2003. The SPG still appears to be an adopted document despite being 17 years old. Many of its principles are worth considering for the design of the North Street Development due to be published in the coming months.
As an example, for urban design objectives it states
• Perpetuation of the scale, style and character of the best parts
of the town centre on this site.
• A departure from the scale, bulk and appearance of the Friary
Centre and an attempt to integrate the Friary Centre into the
• The use of traditional open streets as the basis for development
of this site rather than enclosed malls.
• Use of the opportunity presented by what is the last major development
opportunity in the town centre to secure benefits and positively shape
the future character of the town centre.
• To add diversity and vitality to the town centre.
• The improvement of North Street as proposed in the North Street
Improvements Brief 1999.
• The restriction in size of block to that typical of this part of Guildford
town centre (3 Stories with some blocks going to 4/5 Stories), and the avoidance of large, inward-looking monolithic type structures.
You can read the entire document below
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