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Guildford Vision Group

GVG’s mission is simple and we need your help.

We want Guildford town centre to be a thriving destination for all its residents and visitors, including a great riverside for all to enjoy. We want to achieve this with a proper plan that respects our heritage and incorporates great public spaces and green areas as well as clean, safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The plan must also provide for new homes, offices, shops, services and improved transport connections.

Unlike current development in Guildford – which happens piece by piece and doesn’t take into account other opportunities – a formal town centre plan will mean that everything fits together in the best way possible. It will create a less polluted town centre that functions effectively, efficiently and safely.

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More pedestrian-only space in the town centre

New public space, including squares and green space, and a reinvigorated riverside

Redirection of traffic away from the town centre

An integrated transport hub for rail and road

More town-centre housing for all

A new, improved east-west link across the river

Help us help Guildford

We are encouraging Guildford Borough Council to consider our ideas. However, the council has not yet approved the most important element to make the plan work – a new road crossing that will help carry the traffic around the town centre, rather than through it.

We need the support of Guildford’s community to persuade the council that this must be considered if we’re to meet our objectives. Once you’ve seen our proposals, you can have your say in the future of our town – either by expressing your support in writing (by letter, email or social media) or by writing to your councillor directly.

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#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Inspector does not get sense of a proactive approach to town centre by GBC. Suggesting there should be mention of, e.g. Area Action Plan in Local Plan. Asking GBC to think on his comments. Music to GVG's ears!

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Inspector pushes GBC to prove they have 'left no stone unturned' in looking at potential housing sites in town centre. GBC struggling to answer. #guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: GVG makes the case for more residential development in the town centre, calling for a masterplan to drive sensitive, sustainable development. #guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Wisley appeal dismissal just announced will surely have impact on housing delivery in Local Plan, especially much needed affordable homes. See GVG's plan on our website https://t.co/VGZaWpbAvP #guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: More discussion this morning on impact of infrastructure, especially any A3 schemes, on housing delivery and timing. Opportunity for previously included sites to have another bite of the cherry. #guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: GVG suggesting more, sustainable town centre to counter highways issues of unsustainable urban edge sites. Town centre housing should be higher priority. #guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Critics of local plan pointing to evidence suggesting A3 widening will not deliver sufficient benefits for car-dependent developments. A3 will still fail at peak times. This after spending £500m. #guildford #localplan

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: GBC playing A3 card to counter any change to their housing numbers trajectory. Highways say more A3 study required if, e.g. first five years housing number increased. #Guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Inspector, in summing up so far, appears to be talking up the housing numbers based on affordability including historic lack, unmet need and employment growth. #Guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

#GVG at GBC local plan examination: Long discussion over aspects of new housing numbers and first five year supply. Developers reckon council too optimistic over completions, i.e. arguing for more sites to be in plan #Guildford #localplan #affordablehousing

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