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Guildford Borough Council

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016 - Part 2: Sites

A15: Land at Guildford Cathedral

POLICY A15: Land at Guildford Cathedral, Alresford Road,Guildford


The site is allocated for approximately 100 homes (C3)


  • Pedestrian routes through the site connecting to the existing footpath system in Cathedral owned land which also enables access to the University of Surrey's Stag Hill campus
  • Retain strategically important views of the Cathedral and its setting across the town
  • Sensitive to the setting of the Grade II* listed building (Guildford Cathedral)
  • Protect existing trees and mature hedges of significance
  • The loss of greenfield requires provision of sufficient integral green infrastructure to enable connectivity of spaces and habitats
  • Whilst there will be an overall loss of open space, development proposals should incorporate attractive pockets of open space and green infrastructure within the development site, linking to green spaces outside of the site and helping to lessen the impact of the loss




Guildford Urban Area




Guildford Cathedral

Area (size)

3.28 ha

Existing use

Open space and residential properties

LAA reference

Site 50

Key considerations

  • The setting of the grade II* Listed Building, on approaches and access
  • Views, particularly from the setting of town centre Conservation Areas and listed buildings
  • Design and impact of scale, heights and form of development
  • Impact of any development on green mound and silhouette of the Cathedral both day and night time from wide surrounding area
  • Loss of open space
  • Mature hedge (running along Ridgemount and Alresford Road)
  • Surrounding urban context

 A15 Land at Guildford Cathedral, Alresford Road, Guildford

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