Future of West Lodge

St Martha Parish Council, supported by the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Group and Chilworth2gether have spent an intensive year exploring whether West Lodge might have a new purpose serving the community in a variety of ways.

The working group has approached potential partners, explored income streams, and worked closely with councillors and other interested parties. As previously reported, our conclusion was that, with the various constraints associated with the site, it would be impossible to guarantee future financial viability for the building, and as such would prove too great a liability for St Martha Parish Council to manage.

GBC has now responded to St Martha Parish Council’s conclusions. It has acknowledged the work that has taken place but has concluded it will revert to its original position, which is to sell the building with a view to it becoming a residential unit.

Whilst this is disappointing, in that the Lodge will be separated from the rest of the Gunpowder Mills site, the Working Group is resolved to continue to monitor the situation, and maintain dialogue with councillors and officers.


Public Message from GBC Planning Policy Consultations

Chilworth2gether has received this notification from GBC about the progress of the Guildford Plan –

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to you under section 22(3)(b) and 22(3)(c) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended) to give you notification of the submission of the Guildford Borough Local Plan to the Secretary of State (SoS). You have been notified because you have:

been identified as a general consultation body or a specific consultation body, which was invited to make representations regarding the draft Local Plan under regulation 18(1) and/or
previously indicated that you would like to receive notifications about the emerging Local Plan (which includes being notified of the submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State) or have been involved in one of our previous consultations.

Submission of Guildford borough Local Plan: strategy and sites 2017 to the Secretary of State

We are pleased to notify you that, in line with the Council’s resolution taken at its meeting on 21 November 2017, the Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites document, together with all relevant associated documentation, was submitted for examination to the Secretary of State (SoS) on 13 December 2017.

In line with regulation 22(3) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended), we have made copies of the following submission documents available.

The Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites (2017), including submission policies map.
Sustainability Appraisal (SA) (2017).
Consultation Statement (Regulation 22) (2017).
The series of topic papers as reflected under the list of submission documents available on the website below.
Copies of any representations made in accordance with regulation 20.
Further core and supporting documents that are relevant to the preparation of the local plan as reflected under the list of submission documents on the website below.
Submission documents as per (i) – (vi) above are currently available for inspection as published on Guildford Borough Council’s website at http://www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination. A list and index to all submission documents is available on this webpage.

Submission documents as per (i) – (v) above are available for inspection from Monday 18 December 2017 at Guildford Borough Council (GBC) main offices at Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB (during normal office hours: 8:30am – 5pm – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8:30am – 4:30pm – Friday). Submission documents as per (vi) above are to be made available at the same venue and times as soon as is reasonably practicable.

Submission documents as per (i) – (iv) above are available for inspection from Monday 18 December 2017 at:

Ash Library, Ash Street, Ash, Surrey GU12 6LF (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm – 5pm; Tuesday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm; Friday: 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 4pm; Sunday: Closed),
Guildford Library, 77 North Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4AL (during library opening times: Monday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Tuesday: 9.30am–7pm; Wednesday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am–7pm; Friday: 9.30am–5.30pm; Saturday: 9.30am–5pm; Sunday: Closed),
Horsley Library, Parade Court, Ockham Road south, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6QR (during library opening times: Monday: 2pm–5pm; Tuesday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Friday: 10am–1pm & 2pm–5pm; Saturday: 10am–4pm; Sunday: Closed), and
Shere Diamond Jubilee Library, Shere Village Hall, Gomshall Lane, Shere, Surrey GU5 9HD (during library opening times: Monday: 2.30pm – 4pm; Tuesday: Closed; Wednesday: 10.30am – 12.15pm & 2.15pm – 2.45pm for storytime – term time only; Thursday: Closed; Friday: 2.30pm – 4pm; Saturday: Closed; Sunday: Closed).

Further details of the Examination process

The Council has appointed a Programme Officer, Chris Banks of Banks Solutions, to organise and administer the examination of the Guildford borough Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites under the guidance of the appointed Inspector. Communication regarding the examination, including details regarding involvement in the process, will be forthcoming from the Programme Officer.

The Programme Officer’s contact details are as follows:

Chris Banks, C/O Banks Solutions, 64 Lavinia Way, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 1EF, Tel: 01903 783722, Mob: 07817 322750, Email: bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com.

Further information regarding the progress of the examination process will be published on the website at http://www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan/examination.

Volunteers’ survey for Surrey Wildlife Trust

Over the year, quite a few Chilworth residents have given up time to Volunteer to support nature conservation. Some of it, including the “Riverwatch” project, where we sample the water of the River Tillingbourne, are managed by the Surrey Wildlife Trust.

They are seeking feedback from volunteers 2017. The survey can be found at