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Draft Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Draft Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)Draft Green Belt SPD

Guildford Borough Council has produced a Draft Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).           

This SPD provides detailed advice and guidance on Policy P2: Green Belt in the adopted Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2015 - 2034 (2019) 

The construction of new buildings is generally considered ‘inappropriate’ in the Green Belt. There are a number of exceptions to this listed in paragraphs 149 and 150 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) whereby development could constitute ‘not inappropriate’ development. Policy P2 in the adopted Local Plan: Strategy and Sites 2015 - 2034 (2019) provides further definitions for some of these exceptions.

The draft Green Belt SPD provides further guidance in relation to how these exceptions will be interpreted. It has been produced to ensure there is clarity and consistency on how planning applications will be determined when applying national and local Green Belt policy.


The consultation will be open from midday Wednesday 22 February 2023 to midday Wednesday 22 March 2023. Comments submitted outside of these dates will not be accepted.

The Draft Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document can be found below under 'Consultation Documents' in PDF format. Printed copies of the SPD are available to view at the Council office main reception at Millmead and in all Borough libraries (during usual opening hours).

For information purposes, the Initial Consultation Statement is also available to view below. However, this does not form part of the consultation and comments on this document will not be accepted.

Please respond to this consultation through the online comments form below. Alternatively, you can email or write to us using the details at the bottom of this page but please remember to tell us your full name and ensure you state clearly which part or paragraph of the SPD your comments relate to. We cannot accept verbal comments.

After the consultation we will publish your comment with your name, but will not publish personal details such as your email or postal address. We will not accept anonymous comments. We will also publish a final Consultation Statement identifying main issues raised and our response to these. The SPD will then be finalised and taken to the Council's Executive for adoption.

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  • Opened
    22 Feb 2023 at 12:00
  • Closed
    22 Mar 2023 at 12:00


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Planning Policy
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House