Guildford let down by Planning Inspectorate over Solum

The Planning Inspector has today published his decision on the Solum, and it will send shock waves through the groups and Societies that had spent so much time and energy trying to prevent it.

Despatch Cover Letter – J Lyon – 22 Jan 2018

Appeal Decision 3161412

There will be more comment in due course, but in the meantime, this seems to be a victory for pigheaded planning and architectural thuggery, and a defeat for Localism and for scale and heritage.

This is a sad day for Guildford.

GSoc Local Plan Reg19 Consultation Submission

The Guildford Society’s submission in respect of the Local Plan was delivered by hand to the Council before the deadline of 23.59pm Monday 18th July.

Here is the Submission with its accompanying documents:






Julian Lyon
Chair, The Guildford Society

18th July 2016


2012 Household Projections much lower

Updated 27 March 2015:

The early interpretation of data from today’s publication of the 2012 Household numbers is that the number of households in Guildford Borough expected to be required from 2012 to 2037 goes from 54,662 (2012) to 57,281 (2017) to 59,911 (2022) to 62,392 (2027) to 64,839 (2032) and finally to 67,145 (2037) – an average of an additional 500 households per year, and a period growth rate of 524 (2012 to 2017); 526 (2017 to 2022); 497 (2022 to 2027); 490 (2027 to 2032); and 462 (2032 to 2037).  For the plan period 2012 to 2032 the statistics show an average household need of 509 homes per year (Table 427).

As a sensitivity analysis this shows a reduction in the number of households from 2012 to 2021 is 6,574 to 4,262 (from 731 to 474 homes per year) before adjustment for local factors (2012 population numbers based on 2011 household formation rates – Table 429b).

On the face of it this looks promising.

The period increase for Woking, Waverley and Guildford is 10,377 in the 2012 data set versus 15,448 in the old data set.

We should guard against premature enthusiasm.  These figures do not take account of other factors that have surprised us before.

GL Hearn will need to rework their numbers but it was clear that employment numbers were driving the higher household numbers in the most recent draft SHMA.


JDSL 27/2/2015


Guildford Society SOLUM Presentation

Attached below as a Powerpoint Show is the slide pack and audio from the event of 21st January organised by the Guildford Society with support from Guildford Residents Associations at the Millmead Centre.


Well in excess of 200 people attended and the discussion was objective and well-mannered although feelings were clearly running strong.

The file is large (about 140Mb) and the slides should advance automatically but can be advanced manually by a click of the mouse.  The showing can be ended by pressing the Escape key.