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News of Guildford Society activities and summaries of important issues at a local and national level.

We will publish in this area topics related to the society e.g. meetings and events.  We will also publish news on local and national developments that may be of interest. On occasion we may also publish an item that summarises developments across our areas of interest.

We publish news of general interest to the Guildford Society and summarise important issues that may occur accross our areas of interest.  Check back here to see updates on such matters as major sites in the town and national policy.

We will also publicise Society events in this area

Lecture - Multiple Housing Design View article The Society is pleased to annouce the free 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 T... 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 Guildford Crematorium appears in the Architectural Press View article The Guildford Design Awards are well underway for 2021.  Despite Covid Issues with building completion we have a adaquate number of entries to consider, and judging will start shortly..  We are, for the first time, working in partnership wi... View article Guildford and Waverly Councils agree to increase co-operation. View article The recent study sponsored by Surrey Borough councils on unitary authorities prompted by the proposal to have one Surrey Unitary Authority, was supported by KPMG.   KPMG identified that Guildford and Waverley Boroughs could be natural pa... View article Success in campaign to purchase extension to Pewley Down View article Pewley Down  is a protected area and local nature reserve managed by Guildford Borough's Countryside Team and a group of conservation volunteers.  It is much used by Guildford Residents as a place to walk and admire the countryside... View article Planning - the Society responds to Commons Select Committee View article Three developments have occurred in the fight to get the Permitted Development Rights (PDR) changes and associate Use classifications reconsidered. Parliament The Select Committee for Housing, Communities and Local Government is conducting a sh... View article Auriol Earle View article Sadly, we have to report Auriol Earle, who was an active member of the Society over many decades died on 30/04/21 at the Guildford home where she had lived in since 1961. Impact on Guildford Over the best part of sixty years Auriol channelled h... View article Doug Scott View article Doug Scott died recently after a short illness. Doug was a valued member of the Guildford Society Executive, and Design and Heritage work group for many years until recently. Doug was also well known as a speaker at Heritage Open days where he pro... View article Debenhams Site - St Marys Wharf Consultation View article Native Land have appointed a team to propose a design for the site. The Society has added a page to the website to keep track of progress of the development.  The team have now published a initial ideas for the site, and to kee... View article Guildford and Waverly Councils consider Co-operation View article Guildford and Waverly Councils have both considered a KPMG report into local government reorganisation and collaboration, published earlier this month.  This report identified that neighbouring authorities across Surrey should consider the expan... View article Car Parking in Guildford View article The council have recently changed Car Parking Rates at various car parks across the town centre.  The aim appears to have been to adjust charges to make some locations suitable for short term use up to 2-3 Hours approximatley, and allocate other... View article Guildford Society 2020 Design Awards Winner Interviews View article We have held a small 'virtual' celebration (21-1-2021) for the winners of our 2020 Design Awards.  The virtual celebration was also the occasion that we released the short interviews with the Architect, Developer, or Project Manager... View article Casino Site - Appeal Withdrawn View article The Casino appeal hearing has been withdrawn on the second day of the hearing.  Both the Guildford Society, focussing on height issues, and Guildford Residents Association, focussing on flooding and detailed design issues, objected to th... View article Former Guildford Society Chairman Michael Jeffery Dies View article The Society was sad to hear that Michael Jeffery a former chairman of the Guildford Society passed away before Christmas, he had been in failing health for the past few months.  Michael was an Architect by profession ultimately being part of ... View article Design Award Plaques in Guildford View article This year we have awarded the design award winners a metal plaque that can be displayed on the buildings concerned.  The Plaque uses the new Guildford Society logo that we have adopted this autumn. Over the past couple of weeks we have been pres... View article Debenhams site sold for redevelopment View article The Times is reporting 9-12-2020 that M&G Real Estate have concluded a sale of the Debenhams site to Native Land.   The Guildford Society welcomes a developer, Native Land, with energy and ideas taking on the Debenhams Site.  Na... View article GBC Consults on the Budget View article Guildford Borough Council are consulting on the budget for next year. The Council have been working for some years to make sure that we deliver services in the most cost-effective way.  This has already resulted in... View article £100m Your Fund Surrey launched by Surrey County Council View article £100m Your Fund Surrey launched by Surrey County Council Surrey County Council’s £100m Your Fund Surrey has launched today (Monday 16 November), in an unprecedented move to give power and influence to local communities across the... View article Gordon Bridger View article Gordon Bridger, a member of our executive, died peacefully at home 27th November 2020, he was 92.   Gordon Bridger was a member of The Guildford Society for 50 years, during that time he was an active and influential member of ... View article Debenhams is Closing View article The Debenhams site is an opportunity for the Town -- we should not lose it. Today 1-12-2020 the demise of Debenhams was annouced.  This is obviously a major concern to the many Debenhams employees, particulalry as other retail jobs are not re... View article Walnut Tree Close One Way Trial View article Surrey County Council will be implementing a trial one-way system on the Walnut Tree Close between Topps Tiles on the right hand bend going north and near the postal sorting office from December 2020 to mid-February 2021. During the two-and... View article Any date for Footpath restoration? View article 2nd November marks the anniversary of the collapse of the Tumbling Bay Weir.  Whilst everyone is glad that the weir which is an intrinsic part of the Wey Navigation and local Flood Management has been rebuilt; there remains a missing link. ... View article A New Look for the Society View article We have launched a new website and a new image for the Society.  This is a significant change to make communication with our members and the public easier. Website In an environment that increasingly depends upon electronic commu... View article Town Centre Masterplan - Will it be overtaken by events? View article Masterplan Development Agreed Guildford Borough council agreed in July to proceed with the development of a Guildford Economic Regeneration Programme Masterplan Strategy / Town Centre Masterplan.  As well as Council Officers this Strategy wil... View article What is happening to the Planning System? View article

The Planning System is undergoing a series of major changes at National Level. We have tried to bring together some of the key developments. Local Policies are also still evolving.

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Archived Articles
Surrey Artists Open Up View article The annual Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) is taking place for the twenty-first year. Artists in Surrey will be opening their doors and welcome members of the public from the 5th June to 20th June.  The venues are normally open 11:00am to ... View article Greenbelt reduces by 6% View article The recent publication from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) of Greenbelt Statistics confirms that Guildford has seen a 6% reduction in Greenbelt land.  This is due to policies adopted in the new 2019 local plan. ... View article Building Design - New Architecture of Interest View article Design of buildings can be judged in so many ways, Practicality, Cost, Aesthetics, Sustainability etc.  Design also evolves as new materials become available and/or the cost of materials changes. Modern design can invoke strong reactions both... View article The Housing Demand Algorithm being rethought? View article There has been a deluge of comments about the Housing Algorithm.  Wired Magazine has a good summary of the issues that the Algorithm might cause if it is proceeded with. This last weekend 14th 15th November there have been press comments that... View article Planning is migrating from paper to IT. View article The recent Planning for the Future White Paper presents proposals to enable the planning system using IT technology, although it is lacking in specific details.  It is interesting that use of IT may be happening anyway.  Most Architectural ... View article Planning for the Future View article Guildford Society has responded to the consultation on the Planning for the Future White Paper.  Although we can sympathise with the objectives to make the planning system simpler and the results better we have serious concerns that the White Pa... View article North Street - Consultation on a new Scheme Starts View article The North Street site in Guildford Site is to the east of the Friary and currently in most part is vacant land beside the bus station.  It has been vacant for many years. The North Street page on this website contains additional background an... View article New Standard Method for Housing Numbers - 787 for Guildford View article New Standard Method Updated with new information on 17-12-2020 In the summer the Ministry for Housing and Local Government consulted on a new formula to allocate housing numbers that Local Plans should seek to achieve in England. The Society... View article Restart at the Solum Guildford Station Site View article After a delay of about a year it appears work is starting in earnest at Guildford Station to develop the Solum Scheme Work starts in early 2021 that will provide a new temporary two-storey car park with 121 parking bays and an access road tha... View article Notice of 85th Annual General Meeting of The Guildford Society View article The 2020 Annual General Meeting of the members of the Guildford Society will be held on Tuesday 6th October at 19.00 for 19.15 start The Covid 19 social distancing requirements and a limitation on numbers permitted to attend public gatherings... View article Station Land Use Study from Network Rail View article The Council have published on the GBC website a redacted copy of the Network Rail evaluation of Land Use at Guildford Station dated 12/2018.  This will be evaluated by GS alongside other material to understand long term plans for the statio... View article Civic Voice View article

“Nowhere should be without its civic society and no-one should be without the voice you can provide”   HRH The Prince of Wales, Oct 2009

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