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GBC Local Plan

19 JULY 2018

In the link below you can read the parish council consultant Tibbalds' summary of the 4 July and the anticipated next steps in the making of the GBC Local Plan.

SPC Tibbalds Summary of 4 July and Next Steps

5 JULY 2018

In the link below the representation Tibbalds, the parish council consultant, made at the Public Hearing on 4th July on behalf of Send Parish Council. We will continue to update residents on the results of the Examination and any other relevant reports.

SPC Response Tibbalds - Public Hearing 4 July 2018

3 JULY 2018

During the ongoing GBC Local Plan inquiry, the Inspector has been reviewing the planned housing supply in Guildford and the unmet supply in Woking, suggesting an increase is required in Guildford. GBC has responded to the inspector’s request to boost the first five years’ supply, by proposing additional sites, which will be discussed on the 3 July and 4 July, at Millmead.

In the Local Plan submission Send’s 3 sties delivered 500 homes. The proposed additional sites will increase this number to 770, with:
- Garlick’s Arch increased from 400 to 550 homes
- Aldertons Farm site in Send Marsh included again with 120 homes.

The full document can be read on this link.…

Send Parish Council's consultants will be attending on 4 July to make representations on its behalf and several SPC Councillors will be in attendance.  If you wish to support us, there is limited space in the public gallery.  Proceedings start at 10am.

10 May 2018


The Inspector, Jonathan Bore, who has been tasked to review the GBCs Draft Local Plan recently set out the areas and topics he will be exploring in detail at the Inquiry. The Inspector also posed a number of questions to GBC on specific planning policies they have proposed. Consultees have been asked to consider the points raised by the Inspector and submit their comments if they have any.

Send Parish Council did want to make comments as many of the issues were relevant to our village and our response has been submitted.

You can read it in full here.

The Inquiry starts on 5th June from 10.00am, Tuesday 5 June in the Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB.

5 February 2018


Message from Guildford Borough Council Planning Policy Consultations
Inspector Jonathan Bore MRTPI
Mr Chris Banks
c/o Banks Solutions
64 Lavinia Way
East Preston
West Sussex
BN16 1EF
Tel: 01903 783722
Mobile: 07737 786425
Dear Sir or Madam:
Guildford Borough Council - Local Plan
I am contacting you as a duly made representor to the Local Plan i.e. you submitted comments to a Regulation 19 consultation on the Submission Local Plan.
As you are aware, an examination will be held to consider the soundness of the plan. The Secretary of State has appointed an independent Inspector, Mr Jonathan Bore MRTPI, to conduct the Examination.
Programme Officer Role
I have been appointed as the independent Programme Officer working under the Inspector's direction. The Programme Officer is responsible for managing the day to day arrangements of the examination process before and during the period of the examination, recording all documents submitted, arranging for the inspection of sites by the Inspector and dealing with correspondence on his behalf to those who have made representations, including requests for and exchange of all statements.
This will include any communication or correspondence between the Inspector and the Local Planning Authority.
For more guidance on the examination procedure and my role, The Planning Inspectorate has produced a booklet "Examining Local Plans Procedural Practice". A copy of this document is available for viewing or to download on the Planning Inspectorate's Planning Portal web site:
Hearing Dates and next steps
The examination hearings will open on 10.00am, Tuesday 5 June in the Council Chamber, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB.
The Inspector will publish Matters, Issues and Questions plus Guidance Notes for participating in the hearings including the procedure for submitting written hearing statements. We will also publish a hearings programme, with details of what matter will be heard on which days and liaise with parties who wish to take part in the discussion.
Examination Updates and Documents
All pertinent updates are published on the examination webpage:
Check here for details of the examination programme and any new documents submitted to the Inspector. A full set of paper examination documents can be found in the reception area at Guildford Council Offices. If you require any assistance accessing documents relating to the Local Plan, please contact me.
Email is the preferred method of communication; it is cost-effective, traceable and an accepted method for formal communication.
Should you wish to be added to our list for examination updates please contact us at with your preferred email address. It is helpful to quote your unique reference on all examination correspondence. This can be found at the top of this letter.
My usual working hours are between 9am and 5pm but happy to deal with a reasonable level of queries outside of those times, I understand some people may not have the opportunity to contact me during work hours.
Yours faithfully
Chris Banks signature
Chris Banks
Programme Officer

8 December 2017


Dec 18 at 11:09 AM

Message from Guildford Borough Council Planning Policy Consultations

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to you under section 22(3)(b) and 22(3)(c) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) to give you notification of the submission of the Guildford Borough Local Plan to the Secretary of State (SoS). You have been notified because you have:

  • been identified as a general consultation body or a specific consultation body, which was invited to make representations regarding the draft Local Plan under regulation 18(1) and/or
  • previously indicated that you would like to receive notifications about the emerging Local Plan (which includes being notified of the submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State) or have been involved in one of our previous consultations.

If you no longer wish to be informed of the progress of Guildford Borough Council’s Local Plan, please let us know by emailing

Submission of Guildford borough Local Plan: strategy and sites 2017 to the Secretary of State

We are pleased to notify you that, in line with the Council’s resolution taken at its meeting on 21 November 2017, the Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites document, together with all relevant associated documentation, was submitted for examination to the Secretary of State (SoS) on 13 December 2017.

In line with regulation 22(3) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), we have made copies of the following submission documents available.

  1. The Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017), including submission policies map.
  2. Sustainability Appraisal (SA) (2017).
  3. Consultation Statement (Regulation 22) (2017).
  4. The series of topic papers as reflected under the list of submission documents available on the website below.
  5. Copies of any representations made in accordance with regulation 20.
  6. Further core and supporting documents that are relevant to the preparation of the local plan as reflected under the list of submission documents on the website below.

Submission documents as per (i) – (vi) above are currently available for inspection as published on Guildford Borough Council’s website at A list and index to all submission documents is available on this webpage.

Submission documents as per (i) - (v) above are available for inspection from Monday 18 December 2017 at Guildford Borough Council (GBC) main offices at Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB (during normal office hours: 8:30am - 5pm - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8:30am - 4:30pm - Friday). Submission documents as per (vi) above are to be made available at the same venue and times as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Submission documents as per (i) – (iv) above are available for inspection from Monday 18 December 2017 at:

  • Ash Library, Ash Street, Ash, Surrey GU12 6LF (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm - 5pm; Tuesday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Friday: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm; Sunday: Closed),
  • Guildford Library, 77 North Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4AL (during library opening times: Monday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Tuesday: 9.30am–7pm; Wednesday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am–7pm; Friday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Saturday: 9.30am–5pm; Sunday: Closed),
  • Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road south, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm–5pm; Tuesday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Friday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm; Sunday: Closed), and
  • Shere Diamond Jubilee Library, Shere Village Hall, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HD (during library opening times: Monday: 2.30pm - 4pm; Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday: 10.30am - 12.15pm & 2.15pm - 2.45pm for storytime - term time only; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 2.30pm - 4pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed).

Further details of the Examination process

The Council has appointed a Programme Officer, Chris Banks of Banks Solutions, to organise and administer the examination of the Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites under the guidance of the appointed Inspector. Communication regarding the examination, including details regarding involvement in the process, will be forthcoming from the Programme Officer.

The Programme Officer’s contact details are as follows:

Chris Banks, C/O Banks Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1EF, Tel: 01903 783722, Mob: 07817 322750,  Email:

Further information regarding the progress of the examination process will be published on the website at

When entering into any correspondence with the programme officer or Local Plan Inspector, please ensure you quote the identifying information, including your ID number, provided at the start of this email.

We look forward to progressing the Submission Local Plan through the Examination process and wish to thank you for your input to date.

Yours faithfully, 

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration

Getinvolved Guildford Gov Do-not-reply

13 December 2017


11 November 2017


According to Get Surrey, the online version of the Surrrey Ad

'There will be "no major changes" in the Guildford Local Plan to be submitted for independent examination, Guildford Borough Council's leader has said.
The local plan sets out local planning policies and identifies how land is used, determining what will be built where.
The Guildford Local Plan aims to make provision for at least 12,426 new houses in the borough.
Guildford Borough Council has not yet released the full plan it is submitting to the Planning Inspectorate at the time of publication, but Get Surrey has seen the 26-page council document detailing changes from the draft local plan, which was consulted on during the summer. Despite the lack of changes in the document being submitted, Cllr Paul Spooner, leader of the council, still thinks the consultation was worthwhile. He said: "If we look at this process, we have run several consultations now and everyone has had an opportunity to submit comments.
"We have been working with the public and it has been the correct democratic process and consultative process.
"I think it's very important we have enabled people to get involved."
In a statement, Cllr Spooner added: “We have carefully considered the thousands of comments made in 2017 from individuals and organisations. Their feedback has been invaluable in clarifying various details about the significant and minor changes we made to the plan after our consultation in 2016.
"Following this latest feedback, there are no further major changes to the plan that we aim to submit to the Planning Inspectorate. However, it is still vital that strategic partners also complete their supporting transport and other infrastructure projects, so we can deliver the new plan in full and give our residents the great environment, homes and jobs they need.'


30 August 2017

GBC published a summary of responses and next steps.


21 July 2017


The parish council finalised and approved its response to the Guildford Local Plan Consultation at the council meeting on the 17 July.  Follow the link to read the approved response

8 June 2017 


Dear Sir or Madam

Targeted consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017)

You are invited to take part in the targeted consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017). 

During the targeted consultation, we will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan. These will be clearly shown in the updated plan documents through tracked changes, along with summaries that highlight the changes in each policy. We will submit all of last year's consultation comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this summer's targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

The consultation runs from 12 noon on Friday 9 June 2017 to 12 noon on Monday 24 July 2017.  During this time, the Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) will be available to view on our website at at our Millmead office and at local libraries within the borough. 

Public drop-in events

We have organised three public information drop-in events where the Planning Policy Team will be available to clarify the consultation process and copies of documents will be available to view:

  • East Horsley Village Hall - Wednesday 14 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm
  • Tongham Community Centre - Thursday 15 June 2017 - between 1pm and 8pm
  • Guildford Town Centre at our Council offices at Millmead - Saturday 1 July 2017 -between 10am and 5pm

Ways to submit written comments

If you would like to comment on the changes to the plan, consultation feedback must be provided in writing and ideally via our representation form. Please ensure all comments clearly state and identify which paragraph number or policy they relate to in the Local Plan document.

You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Our preference is that you submit your comments on our online consultation system which can be accessed through
  • email to
  • complete a paper questionnaire or write a letter and send it to: Planning Policy Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB or hand it in at the consultation events.

Please note that verbal comments cannot be taken into consideration.

Looking forward

We will analyse the comments received during the consultation and anticipate submitting the Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination at the end of the year.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully, Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration

18 May 2017


The Guildford borough Proposed Submission Local Plan (2017) was approved for consultation by the GBC on 16 May.

Send Parish Council has agreed to use the consultancy services of Tibbalds, (who supported the council in its response to the GBC Local Plan consultation in June 2016) to assist the council in forming its response to the GBC Local Plan consultation, which will run for 6 weeks from 12pm (noon) on Friday 9 June to 12pm (noon) Monday 24 July.

Under this consultation, responses which will be passed to the Inspector, are limited to the changes made to the Local Plan since the previous consultation in June 2016. The parish council will work with Tibbalds to ensure the council response is informed by both planning law and local concerns.

To view the GBC decision and announcement click here.

21 February 2017

GBC Executive approved a timetable for submission of a revised Local Plan to be adopted in December 2018.  There will be a further six week 'targeted' public consultation in June - July 2017. 

Representations from the summer 2016 consultation will be submitted to the planning inspectorate together with any new comments, WHICH SHOULD ONLY RELATE TO CHANGES SINCE THE PREVIOUS DRAFT.  Such changes will be highlighted in the draft documentation.

15 July 2016


The parish council's response the the GBC consultation is in two parts: a representation submitted by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, the appointed Planning Consultant acting on behalf of Send Parish Council, and the council's own response.

The planning consultants' will formally submit their response to the GBC on Monday 18th July but you can read the Consultants' representations on behalf of Send Parish Council here before then.

The parish council's response can be downloaded by clicking SPC Response Submission - GBC Local Plan Strategies and Sites June 2016.

28 June 2016


Please remember:

There are a number of resident action groups in Send and the surounding villages which also provide resident focused information on local sites and how to respond to the GBC Local Plan.

The GGG website contains useful summaries of their point of view on the plan policies and can be accessed here.

14 June 2016


On Tuesday, 14 June, Send Parish Council held a GBC Local Plan Awareness Meeting in the Lancaster Hall. The Send Borough Councillors, Susan Parker and Mike Hurdle, as well as the Guildford Borough Council Leader, Paul Spooner and his Deputy, Matt Furniss, took the opportunity to address the meeting. This was followed by a Q&A session and many residents voiced their concerns and posed questions to Cllrs Spooner and Furniss.

The parish council provided residents who attended with a takeaway information pack which highlights some of the issues facing Send and can be used as an aid to navigate the Local Plan document. This pack is available to download from this website.

GBC Local Plan - SPC Takeaway for Residents 14 June 2016.pdf

6 June 2016


Dear Sir or Madam

Have your say on the borough’s future

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 - Regulation 19

You are invited to take part in the consultation on Guildford Borough Council’s Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites. I am contacting you because you have previously indicated that you would like to receive notifications about the emerging Local Plan, or have been involved in one of our previous consultations.

This Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites sets out the vision for the whole borough and the Council’s approach to development up to 2033. When adopted the plan will play an important role in shaping the borough’s future – how our town and villages develop, protecting and enhancing our natural environment, developing our local economy, improving leisure and visitor facilities, addressing transport and infrastructure needs and supporting more sustainable forms of travel. 

The Proposed Submission Local Plan follows on from previous consultations held on the Council’s Issues and Options document (2013) and Draft Local Plan (2014). We are keen to share the Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites with you, to show you how our plans have progressed and hear any comments you may have. The six-week consultation runs from 12 noon on Monday 6 June 2016 to 11:59pm on Monday 18 July 2016.  The Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites, supporting documents and key evidence will be available to view on our website at, at our Millmead office in Guildford and at local libraries within the borough.  Further information, including details of the drop-in events, is available on our website

If you would like to comment on the plan please complete the online questionnaire by following the link from Alternatively, you can let us know your views by emailing, completing a paper questionnaire or writing to: Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB. Paper copies of the form are available from the Council’s Millmead office reception, local libraries, at the drop-in events or by phoning 01483 444471. Please note that verbal or anonymous comments cannot be taken into consideration.

Comments made at this stage will be analysed by the Planning Policy team and also be submitted to the Planning Inspector for consideration as part of the Local Plan examination. 

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully, 

Neil Taylor

Interim Director of Development

31 May 2016

The GBC Local Plan draft was approved by the full Council on 24 May and will go out to public consultation for 6 weeks from 6 June.  A Newsletter which is being delivered to every household in Send parish gives full details of the potential effect of proposed development on Send. 

SPC is holding an Awareness meeting at 7.30 pm on 14 June in the Lancaster Hall where you can get more information.  Please come along and encourage your friends and neighbours in Send to attend.  Then please send your comments to GBC!​

15 May 2016

A Supplementary Sheet went to the GBC Executive meeting this Wednesday.  It included details of a newly proposed site to replace the previous A43 site at Burnt Comon. 

This new site, which runs along the road to Ripley from the junction with Sendmarsh Road down to the Shell garage and is partly opposite the current housing in Burnt Comon, is for 400 houses and industrial.

This is an increase of 300 houses in the Send area.  Added to the 45 at Tannery Lane and 40 on Send Hill, that is a total of 385 houses i e almost as many as in the draft which was previously so vigorously opposed.

The proposal includes new access on and off the A3 at Burnt Common, which would most likely result in a significant increase in traffic along Send Road.

See details on page 3 and maps at the end

12 May 2016

In January this year, two GBC Councillors atteneded a meeting in the Lancaster Hall during which concerns were raised on the progress of the Local Plan.

In April, a new draft was published.  This contained only 3 sites in Send parish:

For 45 houses in Tannery Lane;

For 100 houses and light industrial use at Burnt Common;

and a NEW SITE - on Send Hill opposite Winds Ridge, for 40 houses and 2 traveller pitches.

This is a total of 185 new houses and is is a signifiant reduction from the 400 houses previously proposed.

However, Send is also to be inset from the Green Belt.  This means that land which would previously have been unlikely to receive planning approval other than in exceptional circumstances could now be at risk of development.

The GBC Executive met last night to go over issues raised by the Executive Advisory Board which had resulted in a number of amendments to the latest draft, and to take comments and questions from members of the public. The full GBC will review the draft before it goes out to a public consultation for 6 weeks, currently scheduled from 6 June. However, Surrey County Council Highways data is still outstanding, which could cause a delay.

At the beginning of June SPC will be putting out a Newsletter with links to the sections of the documentation that are relevant to Send. That Newsletter will be posted to this site.

19 December 2014

The GBC have published the responses to Local Plan Consultation.

You can read the Summary of the Key Themes of the consultation and also view all the responses. The Draft Local Plan was withdrawn following the strong response to the consultation this summer, and a revised Draft Local Plan is expected to be sent for consultation again, in June 2015.

Please note that the responses appear in "date submitted" order, so you may needas published in May 2014. This document, by the consultants GL Hearn, is intended to establish the objectively assessed housing need (OBN) in Guildford. The May 2014 document assessed the need for 652 homes per annum and this revision sets the OBN at 621 to 816

The Revised Draft SHMA can be viewed on the GBC website as well as the summary of the differences between the May and December documents.

It should be noted that this document does not address the contraints of infradtructure which Cllr Stephen Mansbridge confirmed in September 2014, will be considered in the revised Local Plan, as per the latest central government guidance.

26 November 2014 

SPC Chairman issues a response to the GBC press release, thanking all those who responded to the consultation. He welcomes the Council Leader's announcement, and looks forward to more information on the proposed "inset" boundaries for the village.

You can read the full response here.

24 November 2014

The GBC issues a press release confirming that that no site will come forward for development within the green belt, any Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) or area of flood risk unless it has been fully reassessed against the tests set out in the planning practice guidance as amended in October this year.

The GBC is reviewing housing number in light of this guidance and the impact on Send will need to be assessed when the new draft of the local plan is put to consultation in mid 2015.

You can read the full press release here.

30 October 2014

GBC has now published the initial feedback on responses to the last round of consultation. Click here to read it. There are several specific references to Send, and others that include settlements such as ours.

Don't be put off from looking at it.  Lessons must have been learnt from the extremely complicated paperwork for the local plan: this document is only 13 pages long and is clearly laid out.  And it contains much we can take heart from.

A full analysis is due, hopefully by the end of the year.

7 October 2014 - 10.45 pm

We received a very sympathetic hearing to our petition (although it was rejected on the "technical issue" of GBC not being able to dismiss any particular sites until the responses to the last round of consultation have ben fully analysed).  GBC are now acknowledging they must have green belt and infrastructure as "constraints" when taking the Local Plan further.  Strong indication the Wharf Lane traveller site will be dropped from the Plan.  Summary of some general themes from the Plan responses expected within the next two weeks.  There will be a further round of consultation in June/ July 2015 and the final Plan is not now likely to be adopted until 2016.

7 October 2014 - 7.00 pm

SPC's petition calling for a reduction in the proposed development in the parish under the latest draft of the Local Plan will be aired at the GBC meeting in Millmead at 7 pm.  Follow the proceedings via webinair either live or later here.

24 September 2014

Following the end date of 22 September for responses to the Local Plan, GBC has issued the following statement:


2873 residents and stakeholders offered 6,006 responses so far to the draft Plan in its present form and we hope to be able to give you an initial view as to the themes that have emerged within the next 6 weeks. You have expressed understandable concerns about the new proposed housing need number that has emerged from the formula laid down in the Local Plan process and many of you gave strong reasons why not to build on some of the nominated sites under current consideration. We have decided that we will need more time to take full and proper account of all these views which will demand response, and of the constraints that are emerging from the process of bringing together all the various elements of the Plan.  As a result we will seek to extend the current timetable for producing the next revised draft.

The consultation period for the draft Local Plan is therefore being extended to take into account the level of interest.   The volume, quality and wisdom of public response is high and reflects the strong concerns that exist in our communities about the very difficult choices that we are being obliged to make in relation to both sites to build and housing numbers.  We thank you all for the public spirited way in which you have participated in this important process so far.  Your views are an integral part of it and highly important to us.

The planning process requires that we cooperate as fully as we can with our neighbouring Councils in Waverley and Woking in order to arrive at a defensible housing need number for each borough. The final number will also take into account the recently revised Office of National Statistics population projections which reflect population growth and the resulting pressures for new housing this places on all Councils. We will publish the West Surrey Strategic Housing Market Assessment with our own new housing need number well before Christmas.

Like most Councils in the South East, we are placed in a difficult position. On the one hand we are being asked to make a proportionate contribution to the national housing shortage, on the other hand 89% of any new land in our Borough is Green Belt. We plan to put forward the strongest possible case for ensuring that we protect our beautiful countryside, acknowledge and act on the constraints, and at the same time satisfy the Planning Inspector that we have done all that could reasonably be expected of us to meet the housing needs of our area. We intend to do our very best to achieve this but we are under no illusions that there are some very difficult choices ahead. We thank everyone engaged in the process for helping us arrive at the best possible outcome for the future of our Borough.

16 September 2014

The Save Send group are holding the third of a series of meeting this Friday in the Lancaster

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