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Has Solum hit the buffers ? - Station Plans Rejected

Sep 2016

Guildford railway station development


We applaud the decision on 29 June 2016 by the Borough Planning Committee to refuse Solum’s plans for the redevelopment of the railway station site.The plan had attracted widespread criticism and was not supported by the borough council’s planning officers, who recommended the committee refuse the plans on grounds of its height, scale and "monolithic" mass, or as we have called it The Great Wall of Guildford.. 

So what happens next?  Well there is some danger that the grounds for refusal could be too weak if appealed and we certainly have not heard the last of Solum. GSOC recognize that this brownfield site should be developed but not at any cost to the town. The community has spoken and we need:

The prime purpose of a station is to move passengers and hopefully provide a transport interchange and that looks ahead to future traffic growth. We need

  • Improved station facilities and transport interchange benefits 
  • Protects land for a new bridge across the railway and river, linking York Rd to Guildford Park Rd, to relocate the infamous traffic gyratory traffic further away from the centre.

  • Plus a design that respects key views and conservation areas
  • Plus offers an improved ratio of affordable housing within the site  

For a more detailed look into a possible future for rail transport operations  for Guildford  station (The Wessex Route Study) please view the GSOC presentation at the Public Meeting of January 13th 2016  and specifically  page 62 to 72 of The Transport Group Report contained therein  - click here :