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Council leader Cllr Stephen Mansbridge said: “This is an exciting step forward for our town centre. The vision will provide an overarching direction and will help us understand the future development of central Guildford.
“It will consider the key issues, infrastructure needs and challenges we face. We have listened carefully to local residents and will continue to engage with them throughout this process.”
The council adds that the visioning work will identify areas for transformation, look to integrate new developments with their surroundings and build upon the existing strengths of the town. It will consider key issues including traffic and transport, the quality of public spaces and the built environment, making better use of town centre land and enhancing local heritage.
The lead councillor for planning and governance, Monika Juneja, added: “Guildford is a vibrant, attractive and distinctive place and we want to make the most of its unique characteristics. The vision document will help bring together our ambition for the future of Guildford, including making the most of the River Wey. We will talk to local people, businesses and stakeholders to help develop this document and secure the future of our town centre.”
Bob Allies, a partner of Allies & Morrison, said, via the council’s statement, the vision will: “…protect the town’s unique assets – its structure of lanes and alleys, its historic buildings and the River Wey, but also deliver improvements where they are most needed.”