This page contains links to useful sites

National Planning Policy and Guidelines

The Government maintains a Planning Portal with guidance on the National Planning Policy Framework. The Guidance is updated to include the latest changes. The Guildford  Borough Council Planning Department may not be aware of the latest policies and it is worth checking that their recommendations are in conformance.

National Planning Portal 

Communities and Local Government

Communities and Local Government (was the ODPM)  is the source of much of the development policy for the south east of England. This includes housing, transport and waste management. These policies are issued as PPS Planning Policy Statements and are available on this site.

Communities and Local Government

SCC Surrey County Council

Surrey county council are responsible for the Surrey Structure Plan. This is the strategic framework, within which, Guildford Borough Council must work. SCC are directly responsible for Highways. The Structure Plan and a very useful Interactive Map are available at

Surrey County Council

GBC Guildford Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council are our local authority. The publish the Local Development Plan ( to be called the Local Development Framework from 2007) and local Special Planning Guidelines SPGs, of which the most interesting are the Residential Design Guide and Phone Masts. These are available as well as details of all local planning applications from

Guildford Borough Council

Guildford Society

THE GUILDFORD SOCIETY  was founded in 1935. It is an amenity society affiliated to the Civic Trust.

Our purpose is -

  • To protect and enhance its beauty and amenity and to stimulate public interest therein.
  • To promote high standards of planning and architecture
  • To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.
  • To work for the general benefit of the Borough and to collaborate with other groups to this end.

We are a voluntary group dedicated to conserving all that is best about Guildford and its surrounding countryside.

The Guildford Society

Guildford Vision Group

The Guildford Vision Group was formed to champion the development of a Guildford Town Centre Masterplan 

Guildford Vision Group

Design & Heritage

The Design & Heritage Team is a part of the Guildford Society. This site is dedicated to improving the character of Guildford by promoting good design for new building and preserving our heritage by protecting existing buildings and features with character.

Design and Heritage

Local Residents Associations

GRA Guildford Residents Association represents all the RAs in Guildford   

Guildford Residents Association - GRA

EGRA - the East Guildford Residents Association represents 11 RAs on the East side of Guildford


CRARA - the Cranley Road Area Residents Association


Burpham Community Association

Holy Trinity -

Merrow -

Onslow Village Residents Association




CRARA Homepage

Past Newsletters

Guildford Local PLan


Local History

CRARA Constitution

CRARA Guide to Planning