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Blackwell Farm - Surface Water Flood Risk Assessment - July 2017


Worplesdon Parish Council's response - Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017) - Targeted s19 public consultation - Submitted 21 July 2017



First look at updated Local Plan - Uploaded 10 April 2017


GBC continues to make progress in developing its new Local Plan - with significant and minor changes - alongside reduced housing numbers and removed, new or updated sites for homes, employment and infrastructure.

The Borough, Economy and Infrastructure Executive Advisory Board (EAB) will consider the latest version of the Draft Local Plan at its special meeting on 20 April. The agenda and updated plan is published today (10 April) and members of the public who wish to speak at the meeting can contact us from midday – more details on how to do this follow below.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “Local people need a great environment, homes and jobs along with transport and other vital infrastructure to support them. It’s crucial that the Local Plan we submit for independent inspection balances these community needs and tackles local issues, wherever anyone lives or works in our borough. We have reviewed the comments from last year’s consultation and made a number of significant changes to the plan and proposed sites, as well as updating the supporting evidence and policies.

“We remain committed to fundamental principles, such as a ‘brownfield first’ policy of proposing sites with past development, and some of the changes increase the number of homes in the town centre with reduced or removed housing sites in the greenbelt. Providing a great borough where people can thrive is about more than places to live, we have also included new sites for employment and infrastructure such as the proposed Guildford West railway station in Park Barn. Our local and strategic partners must complete their supporting transport and other infrastructure projects so we can deliver the Local Plan in full and we are working with them to help make that happen.

“We now need to share the latest plan with councillors via the relevant committees before seeking final Council approval in May. After this, in June and July, we are planning a public consultation targeted on just the updates to the plan that will allow people to give their feedback about the specific changes we propose. This is another major step forward in providing much-needed future homes, jobs and leisure opportunities for people across our borough.”

Significant updates to the Draft Local Plan - made for good planning reasons based on consultation comments or changes in circumstances or the supporting evidence - include:

     • reduced total housing target by 1,400 units until end of plan period in 2034

     • reduced housing need from 693 to 654 units per year – revised Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing in updated Guildford Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Addendum

     • sites removed completely from the plan – primarily for homes in rural areas such as a large site in Normandy and Flexford for 1,100 residential units

     • updated sites with reduced numbers of homes during the plan period – primarily in green belt areas such as Gosden Hill Farm and Blackwell Farm, with 300 fewer residential units at each site, due to phasing of delivery expected beyond 2034

     • updated sites with increased numbers of homes – primarily brownfield in the town centre such as 200 more residential units on the North Street redevelopment

     • updated sites for student accommodation and Travelling Showpeople – such as Guildford College changing from 100 homes to 200 student accommodation units instead and land at Garlick’s Arch site that is now accommodating six Travelling Showpeople plots

     • new sites for employment floor space/industrial land - such as land around Burnt Common warehouse is the new site for 7,000sqm of industrial land moved from the site at Garlick’s Arch

     • new rail station at Guildford West, Park Barn - is now included as a site allocation

     • reduced total growth requirements from last year’s Local Plan
             - Housing – by 1,400 units
             - Office and research and development floor space – by between 1,100 and 3,500sq m
             - Industrial employment land – by between 1 and 1.2 hectares
             - Comparison retail floor space – by 5,955 sq m (meeting needs to 2030 due to uncertainties in the long term forecasting).

Consultation and comments

In this summer’s targeted consultation, provisionally scheduled for 9 June – 24 July, GBC will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes to the plan. These will be clearly shown via track changes and policy summaries in the updated plan.

All comments received in last year’s regulation 19 pre-submission consultation about any unchanged aspects of the plan will remain valid, and will not be subject to further consultation.

GBC will submit all of last year’s comments to the independent Planning Inspector, along with the responses to this year’s targeted regulation 19 consultation about the proposed changes.

GBC will continue to keep everyone updated with the latest progress - and will let people know how they can get involved in the planned consultation.

You can view the EAB committee agenda for 20 April and the Draft Local Plan item at

     www.guildford.gov.uk/council under ‘Minutes, meetings and agendas’ or


You can view more information about the new Local Plan at



Press Release from Guildford Borough Council

Draft Local Plan - targeted consultation this summer - Uploaded 13 February 2017


"Milestones for developing our new Local Plan are set out in an updated Local Development Scheme, which the Executive will consider at its meeting on Tuesday 21 February. The proposed timetable includes targeted public consultation in June-July 2017.

The Local Development Scheme is a legally required public document, which details the completed and remaining stages to deliver the new Local Plan and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, explains: “Our new Local Plan, which we aim to submit for inspection in December 2017, must tackle local issues as well as balance community needs across the whole borough. We received an unprecedented 32,000 comments during last summer’s public consultation and it’s vital that we took the time needed to review the latest feedback. We will now follow this up with a targeted consultation, so local people and businesses can comment on proposed changes to the latest Draft Local Plan.”

Over 6,000 residents, businesses, community groups and stakeholders responded to the regulation 19 pre-submission consultation in 2016. In the targeted regulation 19 consultation, proposed for June-July 2017, we will only be asking for comments about the proposed changes.

All comments received in last year’s public consultation about any unchanged aspects of the plan will remain valid, and will not be subject to further consultation. We will submit these comments to the independent Planning Inspector and publish them for everyone to read. Responses about specific changes in this year’s targeted consultation will also be submitted to the Inspector and published.

Cllr Spooner adds: “We must continue to move forward and support the homes, jobs and leisure opportunities that local people need, as well as address transport, infrastructure and other challenges. Fundamental principles such as brownfield first for development remain but since last summer, we have also taken the opportunity to revisit the evidence that supports the plan. Targeted consultation will be another chance for feedback, alongside the existing comments we already have. Working together is the right way to protect our borough and help our communities and economy thrive, now and in the future.”

To view the Executive meeting agenda for 21 February, including the item with the new Local Development Scheme, visit www.guildford.gov.uk/council

We will publish the new Draft Local Plan and any updated evidence nearer to the targeted public consultation."


Russell Place Farm - Planning Application No:16/P/02134 - Land at, Frog Grove Lane, Wood Street Village, GU3 3EZ - Change of use from agricultural land to public open space and nature reserve with associated fencing, access works, car park and highways access to facilitate a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).

This application was refused by Guildford Borough Council on 27 January 2017 for the following reasons:


1.The proposed material change of use of the land represents inappropriatedevelopment in the Green Belt. No very special circumstances exist to clearlyoutweigh the harm to the Green Belt as required by paragraph 87 of the NationalPlanning Policy Framework. The proposal therefore fails to comply with therequirements of Section 9 of the National Planning Policy Framework and policyRE2 of the Guildford Borough Local Plan 2003 (as saved by CLG Direction 24September 2007).




Planning Application No: 13/P/01453 - Russell Place Farm application for a change of use from agricultural land to a SANG (Suitable Natural Green Space)  - The application was refused at the Borough Council's Planning Committee meeting held 20 July 2016- Click here to view a webcast of the meeting.

Worplesdon Parish Council submitted the following responses to the Borough Council's S19 consultation regarding the Submission Local Plan: Strategy and Sites document

Local Plan s19 consultation response

Wood Street Village inset map

Hogs Back Natural Beauty Evaluation

Guildford Open Space, Sport and Recreation

Comments on Topic Paper - Transport

Comments on the Strategic Highway Assessment

Comments on the Borough Council's Transport Strategy



Development proposals currently being put forward by planning consultants - Uploaded 19 April 2016


In addition to the sites put forward within the revised Local Plan local (see below) developers are intending to submit planning applications for a number of sites within Worplesdon.  There is nothing to prevent developers submitting planning applications even though the sites have not been put forward within the revised Local Plan.  Guildford Borough Council will be required to determine the planning applications based on the current Local Plan, the emerging Local Plan, the Surrey Structure Plan and the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework).

To view the Parish Council's responses click on the links below:

1. Carter's Yard - Planning Application No:15/P/01987 - Erection of 45 dwellings (including 22 affordable homes) and accommodation for up to 5 people with autism & Planning Application No:   15/P/01980 - Erection of 27 dwellings (including 13 affordable homes), accommodation for up to 5 people with autism and an 80 bed dementia care home.

2. Merrist Wood College - 120 homes and increased educational/sports facilities including a new equine centre and all-weather floodlit sports pitches.

3. Hook Farm/Hunts Farm - 250 homes and a drop off point for Worplesdon Primary School.

To hear radio interviews with Paul Kassell and Dr Paul Cragg about the proposed site at Hook Farm/Hunts Farm click here

4. Rokers

5. Tangley (donkey fields) - The developer for this site, Sustainable Land PLC has not yet approached the Parish Council therefore no response has been prepared.

Click here to see a pdf version of the above map.


Revised Local Plan - Uploaded 19 April 2016


The revised Local Plan has been publicised by Guildford Borough Council for information prior to a six week public consultation commencing 6 June 2016.

Worplesdon Parish Council will be reviewing the revised Local Plan and will comment on behalf of the Local Community.

Liddington Hall Farm has been removed from the new Local Plan as has the safeguarded land around Fairlands.  Blackwell Farm remains albeit on a smaller scale.  Click here for the full list of sites affecting Worplesdon.


Further details to be posted as available.


Local Plan will tackle the borough’s potential housing crisis - Guildford Borough Council Press Release - Uploaded 19th April 2016


  • Big difference between supply and demand for suitable homes
  • Many more homes need to be affordable, especially for essential workers
  • Housing shortage has a major impact on employment and transport

Guildford borough faces a housing crisis if the demand for more suitable homes is not tackled soon. The area needs sustainable development focused on building more homes of the required size and type.

Cllr Tony Rooth, Lead Councillor for Housing and Social Welfare, said: “Our borough has a serious housing shortage and three key concerns must be confronted. Firstly, the supply of smaller and more affordable properties is seriously below the level needed. Secondly, we must make best use of land available for housing hence the Council's firm policy of brownfield first. Thirdly, urban land covers no more than nine per cent of the borough, giving little room for growth without including a small part of the Green Belt that stretches across 89 per cent of our borough. We feel we can achieve our goals with just 1.6 per cent of land taken from the Green Belt and allocated for development.”

To avert a potential housing crisis, the Local Plan aims to balance the needs of all residents, businesses and visitors. It will also protect the borough’s most important countryside, landscapes and heritage in planned, pragmatic and sustainable ways. The revised Local Plan was published on Tuesday 5 April 2016, having considered over 20,000 comments and questions received from local residents, businesses and organisations during the most recent public consultation. The Plan is also supported by detailed evidence using the best advice and forecasts available. A Consultation Statement will be issued in May 2016 highlighting the changes made.

Cllr Rooth continued: “We live in a prosperous, but expensive, borough which is seriously short of affordable housing. Average house prices here are about £450,000 and the private rental market is equally costly - you just have to look at prices on local estate agents' particulars for sale or to let to understand the issues. Many people who work in the borough, including essential workers such as teachers, nurses, police officers and carers cannot afford to live here, whether in bought or rented accommodation."

The lack of suitable affordable properties means many must commute into the borough adding to congestion on local roads. It also makes them susceptible to taking jobs nearer to home, creating employment recruitment and retention issues for employers across the borough. The Local Plan requires at least 80 per cent of new homes to have one, two or three bedrooms to ensure the borough has all types and sizes of homes for all parts of the community, supported by suitable infrastructure including transport, education and healthcare.

Cllr Rooth emphasised: "The Local Plan aims for 40 per cent of new homes to be affordable. The borough also needs many smaller homes available for all ages and needs. The young looking for a first home, older ‘empty-nesters’ wanting to downsize and stay local and those wishing to move or work within the borough are hindered by the current limited choice of modest size homes.

“We need a practical and balanced approach to housing across our borough. We have an adequate supply of prime rural houses but a serious shortage of smaller more affordable homes, which may become a crisis if decisive action is not taken. We will lead the way to increase the much needed number and type of housing through the Local Plan. The Council has also taken charge of improving our travel infrastructure through the Transport Strategy 2016.”

Many sites in the borough, including some in the Green Belt, have been reviewed in detail to determine their suitability for housing. Only those that meet strict criteria have been included in the Local Plan. Each site will still require full planning permission, allowing further scrutiny. Once adopted, all future planning applications will be considered in line with the Local Plan, helping to limit piecemeal and inappropriate developments that fail to address the needs of everyone in the borough.

The revised Local Plan will be considered at Executive and Full Council meetings in May 2016. For further details and to view the revised plan please visit:


For up-to-date news about the Guildford Borough Council Local Plan, please go to www.guildford.gov.uk/localplan, or follow discussions on Twitter @GBCPlanning.





Proposed development affecting Burpham, Compton, Normandy and Worplesdon

Legend : Colour: Blue = Safeguarded land,  Red = Proposed Development Area, Orange = Traveller site, Green = SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space), Yellow = Land put forward since Draft Local Plan issued, Pink = Park and Ride, White = Safeguarded for Clay Lane Link Road,  Grey = Strategic site

No: 1 = Normandy Safeguarded land, 2 = Normandy PDA cemetery, 3/a Russell Place Farm leading onto Broad Street & Backside Common SANG, 4 = Whittles Drive Travelling Showman site, 5 = Cobbetts Hill Traveller site, 6  Four Acre Stables Traveller site, 7 = J Carter Yard (Rural Exception Site), 8 = Fairlands Safeguarded land, 9 = Fairlands H8C, 10 = Rokers Farm, 11 = Liddington Hall Farm, 12 = Keens Lane, 13 = Park and Ride, 14 = Cemetery, 15 = Salt Box Road, 16 = Football ground, 17 = Traveller site, 18 = Extension to Slyfield, 19/a = SANG/Land safeguarded for Clay Lane Link Road, 20 = SARP,  21 = Gosden Hill Farm, 22 = Blackwell Farm…  If all these sites are developed it represents approx. 11,000 homes!




Worplesdon Parish Council response (CLLR) - Submitted to and accepted by Guildford Borough Council 27 March 2015

Worplesdon Parish Council wishes to object in the strongest possible terms to the preferred route as recently publicised for the following reasons:

  • There is an ordinary, but critical, watercourse which runs from Queen Elizabeth Park, Stoughton (under the railway bridge Salt Box Road) through Britten’s pond, under the Woking Road (A320) via the Brook Jacobs Well under Jacobs Well Road across the fields which eventually joins the River Wey.  This water course takes a substantial amount of surface water and defends the village of Jacobs Well from serious flooding.  The proposed route for the CLLR crosses this critical watercourse.  If any part of this critical watercourse gets blocked approximately 50 homes in Jacobs Well are at risk of flooding.               
  • Surface water flooding poses a significant risk within the Parish of Worplesdon as evidenced by the work of the Worplesdon Flood Forum.  Prior to the establishment of the Flood Forum severe flooding occurred, which affected the A320 – Woking Road, Salt Box Road, Clay Lane and Jacobs Well Road. 


         (Woking Road - A320 - 2003)


        (Burpham Court Farm 2013)




        (Clay Lane - 2003)



  • The positioning of the preferred route would bring the link road out into the area most affected by flooding, not only in the winter but throughout the year.  In addition to the risk of household flooding, flooding of the highway network has a major effect on the local economy - particularly when major link roads have to be closed as has historically been the case.  The NPPF para 100 states “Inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at highest risk, but where development is necessary, making it safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere.”
  • Burpham Court Farm and the surrounding area is a flood plain which provides both a natural and artificial defence.  This not only offers much needed protection for the village of Jacobs Well but also Guildford town centre. 
  • The public consultation documents do not show the ordinary watercourse.  In addition and, most worryingly, the Consultants seem to be unaware that it is predominantly the fields to the west of Burpham Court Farm that flood throughout the year.   This would have a direct effect on the proposed link road.
  • Due to the low lying nature of this flood plain and the position of the ordinary watercourse dense fog can form where the proposed roundabout is to be constructed, which can restrict visibility to just a few feet.
  • There have been fatal accidents close to the site of the proposed roundabout, which is also close to the blind bend in the road.  The positioning of a link road/roundabout close to the blind bends on a narrow stretch of the road is highly inappropriate and would appear to pose a significant threat to highway safety.
  • The CLLR would cross, and result in the loss, of Green Belt contrary to paragraphs 79 & 80 of the NPPF.
  • Environmental Impact – The introduction of a link road in this position will result in the loss of wetland habitat which will have an impact on migrating birds and other protected species.  Has a full Environmental Impact Assessment been carried out in accordance with planning legislation?
  • It appears that the Traffic Studies undertaken to date have concentrated in a very small and completely inadequate area.  As the Borough Council is well aware the highway network in Guildford is already at capacity with the town frequently grid-locking during the rush hour periods.  Salt Box Road is a rural “C” road with a low bridge, which passes adjacent to Whitmoor Common SPA/SSSI.   The M3 to A3 link brings a significant amount of traffic via the A322, Salt Box Road through Clay Lane.  When the pedestrian crossing was recently installed in Clay Lane (near Blanchards Hill) traffic queues extended to Rickford, Worplesdon - A322!  Prior to ANY development taking place the existing infrastructure network issues need to be resolved.  The Clay Lane link road should form part of the A3 highway improvement scheme currently being considered by the Highways Agency. 
  • Fixing the traffic problems in Guildford will cost billions of pounds and will not happen unless Central Government intervenes.  The Clay Lane link road should not be looked at in isolation or considered to be a “quick fix” simply to enable the SARP redevelopment to take place. 
  • The traffic studies for SARP and the CLLR need to take into account the cumulative impact not only of 1,000 new homes at Slyfield but also the considerable amount of development scheduled to take place in Aldershot, Ash, Camberley, Deepcut, Farnborough, Guildford and Woking as well as the proposed secondary school in Mayford, Woking.
  • The Parish Council were told by GBC officers on 19th February that the CLLR would not be lit and yet at the public meeting held 16th March the meeting was informed that the roundabout would have to be lit for health and safety reasons.  The preferred route for the link road will therefore result in noise, air and light pollution that will have a detrimental impact on the residents of Jacobs Well, local wildlife and the SPA/SSSI as a result of which a Habitat Regulation Assessment should be undertaken.
  • Clay Lane is a rural lane that was never intended to cope with the massive volume of traffic now experienced.  We have serious doubts as to the capacity of the road to cope with two juggernauts passing near each other to the west of Chambers Waste Management.
  • The HGV weight restriction was introduced for a reason.  Removal of the restriction would appear to be an entirely retrograde step.
  • The Clay Lane link road will result in unacceptable rat running as motorists endeavour to avoid the lengthy traffic delays already experienced from the A3 Burpham junction throughout the parish of Worplesdon.
  • What pedestrian crossing facilities will be provided to ensure that children going to school and residents wishing to walk/ride to Drs, shops etc. in Burpham are safe?  What impact would the provision of pedestrian crossing facilities have on the proposed scheme?


Worplesdon Parish Council wishes to request that the Clay Lane link road proposals be put into abeyance until comprehensive traffic; flooding and environmental studies have been completed.


Worplesdon Parish Council response to Guildford Borough Council's Community Infrastructure Levy consultation - To read the Parish Council's response click here - Uploaded 3 March 2015.


Joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment - Produced in December 2014 by GL Hearn on behalf of Guildford, Waverley and Woking Borough Councils - On 2 March 2015 Worplesdon Parish Council submitted the following response:

GL Hearn are suggesting that the maximum percentage of affordable houses on a development is 35% SUBJECT to viability including the provision of infrastructure.  If a significant level of infrastructure is required to enable a development to take place can this prevent affordable housing from being built?  If it can then many more market houses will need to be built to provide the number of affordable homes required.  This is turn will generate the need for yet more affordable houses and is in the Parish Council’s opinion a circular argument. 

Can the University continue to provide sufficient on campus accommodation given its continued desire to expand?  If not, is it possible to limit the expansion of the university by introducing specific policies within the Local Plan?

The level of student accommodation (both on and off campus) required for the University’s needs seem to be having a detrimental impact on the housing stock within Guildford and seems to be the key driver behind the “need” to build on the Green Belt.  Surely the “needs” of residents should remain primary to the “needs” of the University in the Local Plan decision making process.


Guildford Borough Council - PRESS RELEASE - 24 November 2014

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PR 3281


Draft Local Plan will be reassessed in light of new government planning guidance


With about 15,000 of the 20,000 Draft Local Plan consultation responses now processed, the views of the many local people who took the time to comment are very clear. There is widespread opposition to building on the green belt and the Council will respond by carrying out a comprehensive reassessment of all site constraints using recent clarification to the government’s planning practice guidance.

Since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was first published by the government in 2012, advice from barristers and all other planning policy advisors was that the Council had no option but to look at revising green belt boundaries to comply with the obligations of both national policy and guidance. This was also the position faced when we successfully challenged the South East Plan’s proposal to allocate green belt land for 2,000 houses north-east of Guildford. However, the government has now placed greater emphasis on sensitive constrained green belt locations, such as Guildford, where the objectively assessed housing need can now be weighed against a set of compelling constraints.

Based on the high number of consultation responses and the clear guidance from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the current Draft Local Plan will be reassessed. All proposed development sites will now be re-evaluated against the constraints highlighted in the revised Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) planning practice guidance. We will then publish a new version of the Draft Local Plan for consultation next year.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Stephen Mansbridge says: “I can state categorically 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.”

DCLG’s revised guidance restates that objectively assessed housing need must be met unless any adverse impacts of doing so would clearly outweigh the benefits. Harm to the green belt is identified as one of the tests. Locally there is an additional and significant constraint in the form of the congested road network.

As a result of the new DCLG guidance, the emerging Local Plan will be reassessed.

The housing number set out in the revised Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) will be reassessed against the local constraints and the test of harm.


Every potential development site will now be reassessed against the new national planning practice guidance test “to take account of constraints such as green belt, which indicate that development should be restricted and which may restrain the ability of an authority to meet its need.”

In explaining the fundamental change in approach that will now be used to amend the Draft Local Plan, Cllr Mansbridge says: “We have been given a clear steer from the government in its revised guidance for making a significant change in direction on our Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Draft Local Plan, which can now be fully reassessed against constraints. The housing number, land availability and each development site will be rigorously reassessed against the test of harm set out in the revised guidance.

“I would like to add that this has been a difficult time for all concerned and inevitably the challenges in framing a policy compliant Draft Local Plan have caused immense worry and concern to many local people. However, we now have an alternative route map to review the extent to which we can meet the housing need identified in the SHMA. We are also reviewing the SHLAA as part of revising the Draft Local Plan and this should allay those fears. We must continue the current process towards having a sound Local Plan in 2016.”




ON WHAT GROUNDS CAN I SUPPORT OR OBJECT TO THE DRAFT LOCAL PLAN? Click here for a list of material and non-material planning considerations (reasons that will or will not be taken into account)












scroll down for further details            


2 JULY 2014 - 8PM - WORPLESDON MEMORIAL HALL - Presentation by Gaynor White

15 JULY 2014 - 8PM - FAIRLANDS COMMUNITY CENTRE - Presentation by Paul Kassell, Rod Wild and Janette Panton











MAP showing location of proposed development in Worplesdon - Updated 26 June 2014




An Extra-ordinary meeting of the Borough Council was held on Thursday 19 June 2014 at 7pm to consider the Draft Local Plan you can watch the webcast of the meeting by clicking here. The Council voted 27 FOR, 14 AGAINST and 1 ABSTENTION to consult on the current version of the Draft Local Plan. 

The Parish Council will be forumlating its responses to the Draft Local Plan, taking into account the views of local residents and local action groups, in July 2014.


On 4 June GBC's Executive held an a Special meeting to consider the Draft Local Plan you can view a webcast of the meeting by clicking here.  

Guildford Borough Council's Joint Scrutiny Committee considered elements of the Draft Local Plan at its Committee meeting on 15 May 2014.  The documents to be considered by the Joint Scrutiny Committee can be viewed by clicking here.  This meeting was webcast on the Borough Council's website - you can watch the webcast by clicking here.


A number of policies have been put forward that will affect the parish of Worplesdon:



Site 46 - Former Pond Meadow School, Guildford - Housing (C3 or C2), and/or community facility - 20 homes

Site 48 - STRATEGIC SITE - Slyfield Area Regeneration Project (SARP) PLANNED FOR 2015/16 - Housing (C3) and Traveller pitches (sui generis), Employment - Offices (B1a), Research and development (B1b), Light industrial (B1c), General Industrial (B2), Storage and distribution (B8), A new council waste management depot (relocated on the site), Waste facilities, A new sewage treatment works (relocated within the site), Upgraded primary school and financial contributions towards secondary school expansion, A local retail centre - 1,000 homes

Site 51 - Former car showroom - Aldershot Road - Housing

Site 60 - Blackwell Farm, Guildford - Housing (C3), Employment use (B1a, B1b, B1c,B2, B8), Traveller pitches (sui generis), Open space, Park and Ride, Railway station, Education, Local Retail Centre (A1, A2 and A3), Community and Health services buildings (D1) - 3,000+ homes

Site 61 - Land north of Keens Lane, Worplesdon - Housing (C3, C2) - 140 homes

Site 62 - Land at Liddington Hall, Worplesdon - Housing (C3) - 625 homes

Site 63 - Land north of Slyfield Industrial Estate - Light industrial (B1c), General industrial (B2), Storage and distribution (B8)

Site 64 - Land at Gunners Farm and Bullens Hill Farm - Community football ground (D2)    

Site 65 - Land north of Salt Box Road, Worplesdon - Education (D1)

Site 84 - Merrist Wood College, Worplesdon - Education (D1) and supporting ancillary uses

Site 95 - Roundoak, White Hart Lane, Wood Street Village - Traveller pitches (sui generis)

Site 96 - Four Acre Stables, Aldershot Road, Worplesdon - Traveller pitches (sui generis)

Site 100 - Land at Cobbetts Close, Worplesdon - Traveller pitches (sui generis)

Site 102 - Land at Worplesdon Road, north of Tangley Place - Cemetry or crematorium (sui generis)

Site 104 - Westborough Allotments - Entire site to be retained for allotments

Site 105 - Land rear of Jacobs Well Village Hall, Jacobs Well - Allotments

Site 109 - Blackwell Farm - Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Site 110 - Broad Street Common and Backside Common - Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Site 112 - Russell Place Farm - Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Site 113 - Stringer's Common - Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Site 117 - Burpham Court Farm - Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANGS)

Site 118 - Land adjoining Fairlands, Worplesdon - "Safeguarded Land" - Housing (C3), Traveller accommodation (sui generis), Education (D1) -   Definition of "Safeguarded land"... "The land is removed from the Green Belt, but not developed during this plan period to reduce the need to amend the Green Belt boundaries again in the next plan period.  This land will only be developed during this plan period, if there is a significant under delivery of new homes over this plan period."

Site 121 - Clay Lane Link Road - "safeguarded land"

Site 123 - Land to East and South of Four Acre Stables, Aldershot Road - Traveller pitches


In addition a Park and Ride site for Worplesdon is still being considered by Surrey County Council.

The Parish Council will be considering its response to all of these sites and will submit its comments when the consultation formally commences on 1 July 2014.  The public consultation will run for a period of 12 weeks.


Presentations given at the Annual Parish Meeting - 14 March 2014


Chairman's Report - Dr Paul Cragg

Neighbourhood Planning - Chris Bowden - Navigus Planning

The Local Plan process - Gaynor White & Accompanying words




"All councillors have a duty to act fairly and openly and avoid any actions which might give rise to an impression of bias or undue influence.  Land to the west and south west of Fairlands has been identified as a potentially suitable site for development in the Council's Issues and Options paper as part of its consultation for the new Local Plan.  Due to the close proximity of Cllr Elms' home to this site, it would not be appropriate for him to be involved in discussions regarding this site in the context of the development of the new Local Plan

Satish Mistry - Executive Head of Governance, Guildford Borough Council"



Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) - Consultation Monday 27 January to 21 February 2014

This important evidence based document looks at the level and type of housing needed across the borough up to 2031. It replaces the existing SHMA, published in 2009, and provides important up-to-date information for the new Local Plan.

Local people can give their feedback on the assessment until 5pm on Monday 21 February.

The SHMA does not set a housing target for the borough. The new Local Plan will look at how many homes can be accommodated within our environment and infrastructure. Thousands of local people gave their views in our Local Plan Issues and Options consultation – the Borough Council now welcomes feedback from the local community on the new SHMA.

Cllr Juneja says: “We want your feedback. What are the implications of not providing enough homes? Should we help to reduce the cost of housing by boosting housebuilding?"

"To help, we will hold a number of SHMA briefing sessions for stakeholders including parish councils, residents associations, housing providers and interest groups. The SHMA can also be viewed online, and residents can visit us at 25 Swan Lane from Tuesday 28 January to find out more.”

You can view the SHMA by clicking here or visit the Borough Council offices at Millmead or Guildford library. Alternatively, call in to 25 Swan Lane between 10am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday from Tuesday 28 January to Friday 21 February.

You can submit your comments online at https://getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk, via email to planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk or in writing to Planning Policy, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 21 February.


Local Plan - Powerpoint presentation 18 November 2013


A number of sites within and close to the Parish of Worplesdon were put forward for consideration within the Strategy and Site Issues and Options Consultation (Consultation deadline closed 29 November 2013).  A variety of uses were put forward including housing, employment land, park and ride sites, burial land and allotments.  The Parish Council lodged numerous objections.  In principle the Parish Council opposes the proposal for Fairlands, Jacobs Well and Wood Street Village to be removed from the Green Belt.

Parish Council responses:

Issues & Options questionnaire

Green Belt & Countryside Study - Potential Development Areas

Employment Land Assessment

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

Issues and Options - Appendix D - Site Information Sheets




The Guildford Local Plan - Have Your Say!  Visit 25 Swan Lane, Guildford

New Local Plan consultation – Issues and Options
9 am, Tuesday 1 October to 5 pm, Friday 29 November 2013

Guildford Borough Council has announced the launch of the new Local Plan consultation.

The new Local Plan will set out the vision for the borough between now and 2031.  It will look at how they can plan to meet the future needs of our community, such as providing land and buildings for jobs and new homes, and the transport and local facilities that we will need.

This is an early stage in preparing their new Local Plan. They have identified what they think are the key issues facing the borough, and the options for dealing with them.  They want to know what you think of the issues and options that they have identified, and if you have any other issues or options you think they may have missed.

You can view the consultation document at www.guildfordlocalplan.info. On this website you will also find the evidence and background documents that have helped them to produce the Issues and Options consultation document.

Throughout the consultation you can see copies of the consultation document during office hours at the Council’s main office at Millmead, and at the public libraries in the borough.

The Borough Council would prefer to receive comments electronically using their online consultation system. You can register on the online system at https://getinvolved.guildford.gov.uk and fill in the online questionnaire.

Registering has many advantages for you.  You can save your response as you go along, return to add or edit comments later, and print them off for your records.  The system will also allow you to respond on behalf of others if you are representing someone else. You will be able to see all representations made and their responses to these following the close of consultation.

A paper questionnaire is also available. They can also accept typed or hand written responses if you would rather not use the questionnaire.  If you do respond by letter, please ensure that you tell them which page, paragraph, diagram or map your representation refers to.  Please also remember to include your name and email address, as they cannot accept anonymous comments.

They look forward to hearing your views.

Consultation events

To make sure that as many people as possible know about the new Local Plan, they are running events across the borough, including exhibitions, drop-in event, and workshops, where there will be more detailed discussions. You can find details of these events on the local plan website at www.guildfordlocalplan.info. You will need to book in advance to attend the workshops, as spaces are limited.

Issues and Options evidence documents released

To help inform the new Local Plan, they have published a number of evidence documents over the summer.  These are the next two documents.

The Traveller Accommodation Assessment (TAA) forms a key part of the new Local Plan evidence base by identifying the number of pitches for Gypsies and Travellers and plots for Travelling Showpeople required to meet the accommodation needs of travellers residing or resorting to our borough. The TAA has now been published on the Council’s website at  http://www.guildford.gov.uk/taa.  This includes a summary of why they have prepared a TAA, its findings and frequently asked questions.

Paper copies are available to view during office hours at the planning reception in the Millmead offices and at Guildford library.

How many new homes? is a background paper, which, along with all of the evidence already published, helped the Council to produce the Local Plan Strategy and Sites Issues and Options document.  The paper examines the possible ways to determine the number of new homes they need to plan for in Guildford borough to 2031.

The paper uses a range of information sources to develop 11 different examples that illustrate different levels of development. This will help the Council to develop a housing number for the new Local Plan.  A definitive number for the housing increase needed has not yet been determined by the Council.  They will continue to gather information on the available options through the forthcoming consultation and consider the new household projections when they are published.

More information on the new Local Plan and forthcoming Local Plan Issues and Options Consultation can be found on the following website:  http://guildfordlocalplan.info

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