Site allocated for a comprehensive mixed use redevelopment
1) Approximately 41,000 sq m (gross) comparison retail floorspace
a figure that is consistent with subsequent updates to the
Guildford Retail and Leisure studies
2) Approximately 6,000 sq m food and drink establishments
3) Approximately 400 homes
4)1 gym (D2)
5) Office provision - retain a minimum of 5,500 sq m of existing office floorspace
Development must respond to the context set by the surrounding street pattern and historic environment, including the adjacent Conservation Area, through the need for high quality design and materials, with particular care of massing, heights and roofscapes
Design to enhance and respond to the existing historic shopping core and;
(a) Improve connectivity with High Street and lanes, and
(b) Improve underused areas, and
(c) Improve the public realm
(5) Provide a varied roofscape, minimising the impact on the skyline
to protect views in and out of the site
(6) Mix day and night time uses to add to vitality of area
(7) 24 hour access to public streets and squares
Bus interchange facilities presently provided at Guildford bus station on the site are to be provided in a suitable alternative arrangement to be located either partly or wholly on or off site.
Mitigation measures, including those achieving modal shift to sustainable modes of transport, to accommodate the increased travel demand from the development, and changes to the town centre network for private traffic, deliveries, and buses
A proposal for the site is awaited in Q1 2021. Final commercial agreement has yet to be reached between St Edwards and GBC. (GBC own part of the site as well as being the planning authority)
Although the local plan shows the exisiting Friary centre is included in the site it appears the redevelopment will exclude:
> Exisitng Friary Site
> Sanofi House
> Barclays Bank, Norwich House etc on North Street.
With the down turn in retail space demand the site will be primarily residential with up to 850 dwellings being discussed. --- source Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report 2019 submitted by St Edwards.
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.