Published: 16 July 2014

University land included in Borough’s Draft Local Plan

Land belonging to the University of Surrey has been included in Guildford Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan.

The Local Plan process - which sets a framework for the future growth of the borough - has identified a number of sites that could potentially provide new homes, including part of Blackwell Farm, owned by the University.

Working with a team of planning and design professionals from award-winning consultancy, Terence O’Rourke, the University is proposing a sustainable development to deliver smart growth for its home town.

Greg Melly, the University’s Vice President for Enterprise & Growth, said, “Blackwell Farm neighbours an area of town with around 9,000 employees, including the Royal Surrey County Hospital, the University, tenants of The University’s Research Park and the Surrey Sports Park. With easy access to jobs and Guildford Town Centre, we believe its location on Guildford’s western edge makes it an appealing choice for residents and a natural expansion solution for the town. This colocation of work, housing, schooling and recreational spaces is unique in the local plan and a highly sustainable initiative.

“The University knows that the quality of such a design needs to be excellent, with a sense of place and community that is framed by nature. The needs of the area are also diverse so it is very important that all house types and tenures are catered for.”

Guildford Borough Council has launched a 12-week public consultation for its Draft Local Plan which will finish on Monday 22 September. Visit their website for more information.

As the planning process progresses, the University will post additional information on its West Guildford webpage. You can also sign up for e-updates from the University.

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