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Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

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

A24: Slyfield Area Regeneration Project

POLICY A24: Slyfield Area Regeneration Project, Guildford


This is a mixed use redevelopment site, allocated for:

  • Approximately 1000 homes (C3), and
  • 4 Traveller pitches, and
  • Light industrial (B1c) / Trade counters, and
  • New council waste management depot (relocated on site), and
  • Waste facilities, and
  • New sewage treatment works, and
  • Community facilities (D1)


  • Interventions will be required which address the potential highway performance issues which could otherwise result from the development, including on A320 Woking Road. The Infrastructure Schedule in the latest Infrastructure Delivery Plan identifies the locations on the Local Highway Network and the Strategic Highway Network which could be expected to experience the most significant potential highway performance issues, in the absence of mitigating interventions, from development of this site
  • When determining planning application(s), and attaching appropriate conditions and obligations to planning permission(s), regard will be had to the delivery and timing of delivery of the key infrastructure requirements on which the delivery of the plan depends, set out in the Infrastructure Schedule in the latest Infrastructure Delivery Plan, or otherwise alternative interventions which provide comparable mitigation
  • Developer to provide the northern route section of the Sustainable Movement Corridor on the site and make a necessary and proportionate contribution to delivering the northern route section on the Local Road Network
  • Allotments on the site to be retained or re-provided elsewhere
  • Achieve flood risk betterment, appropriate mitigation and flood risk management, and have regard to the recommendations of the Level 2 SFRA
  • Sensitive design at site boundaries that has significant regard to the transition from urban to Green Belt, particularly with regards to the open fields from between Clay Lane and the site, which is high sensitivity Green Belt (as shown in the Green Belt and Countryside Study)
  • Green corridors and linkages to habitats outside of the site, given the site's proximity to greenfield, natural floodplain and SNCI

Traveller pitches

  • The pitches will be public (tenure) forming part of the affordable housing contribution (1 pitch equates to 1 affordable home)
  • Once completed, the pitches will be provided to the registered provider at nil cost, for the Local Authority to allocate the occupancy and manage
  • Traveller pitches should reflect modern Traveller lifestyles. They should be serviced pitches, providing hard standing, garden and connections for drainage, electricity and water. Service meters should be provided. Utility blocks are not required
  • Traveller pitches should not be isolated, and should be reasonably integrated with other residential development, with services and facilities accessible, helping to create sustainable, mixed and inclusive communities for all
  • The pitches should not be enclosed with hard landscaping, high walls or fences, to an extent that suggests deliberate isolation from the community
  • Within the area set aside to provide pitches, bricks and mortar housing, or any buildings capable of being converted to bricks and mortar housing, is not appropriate and will be resisted
  • Delivery to be phased alongside delivery of new homes (C3), with two Traveller pitches completed per 500 homes (C3) completed


  • Reduce flood risk on site and elsewhere



Guildford Urban Area




The land is owned principally by Guildford Borough Council and Thames Water with Surrey County Council having a minority interest.

Area (size)

40 ha

Existing use

Sewage treatment works, former landfill site, Council depot, community hall and allotments

LAA reference

Site 245

Key considerations

  • Allotments
  • Flood Risk
  • Design
  • Green Infrastructure

 A24 Slyfield Area Regeneration Project, Guildford

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