How to manage future change, retain keys views and the special character of Guildford – there’s now more guidance to help developers making planning applications in our borough. The Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by our Executive at a meeting on Tuesday 24 September.

We consulted on the draft SPD this summer (17 June – 15 July) and feedback from the consultation helped shape the final planning document. There are now 15 important views identified relating to Guildford town centre which are:

River Wey corridor:
Dapdune Wharf, looking south
Wey -South Path at Shalford, looking north

Town centre approach:
Stoke Park, looking south-west
Pewley Hill, looking north-west
St Catherine’s Hill, looking north
Hog’s Back, looking north-east
Farnham Road looking east

Town centre:
Sydenham Road/Bright Hill, looking north
High Street looking west
Quarry Street, looking north
Castle Motte, looking north-west
Old Town Bridge, looking east
Old Town Bridge, looking west
The Mount, looking east
Stag Hill, looking south-east

Developers will have to consider how a number of criteria may impact upon the protected views when they submit a planning application. These include height, maintaining key landscape or built character elements, materials and landscaping.

Cllr Jan Harwood, Lead Cllr for Planning, Planning Policy and Housing Delivery through planning says: “Our town centre has a unique and distinctive character with a mix of heritage, numerous listed buildings and historic gardens. This new planning guidance will help protect these views not just for today but for future generations.”