GBC invites comments to town centre supplementary Planning Document

Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

Guildford Borough Council has produced a Draft Guildford Town Centre Views Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and will be consulting on the document from Monday 17 June to Monday 15 July 2019 (inclusive).

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide detailed guidance on how the Council will apply planning policy when determining planning applications. This SPD sets out a list of 15 viewpoints that help to reveal how Guildford developed and the importance of its relationship with the countryside beyond. Each view has been analysed and guidance provided for managing change within the view that will need to be assessed when considering new development proposals in the town.

The aim of the document is to provide guidance to planners, developers, designers and decision makers on how to manage change in key views. It is the intention that the document will be adopted by the Council and used by both developers and the Council to consistently, and fairly assess the impact of development proposals on the important identified views.

If you would like to comment on the draft SPD, please visit the consultation homepage at Please ensure that you use the ‘Online comments form’ to respond to the consultation.

Alternatively, you can let us know your views by emailing, or by writing to: Design and Conservation (Planning Policy), Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB. Please ensure you make it clear which part of the document (page, section, paragraph) your comments refer to.

Hard copies of the documents will be available to view at the Council office main reception at Millmead and in all Guildford borough libraries (during usual opening hours) throughout the consultation period.

Please note that verbal or anonymous comments cannot be taken into consideration. Your comments may be published, but your personal details, such as your name, will not.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Coleman

Director of Planning and Regeneration


June 15 at the Abbey – final episode on the Catholic faith

You are warmly invited to a presentation of the tenth, and final episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday June the 15th, 2019. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The tenth film investigates World without End: The Last Things which will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day which concludes at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch and if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.

Litter-free Chilworth! We’ve made a start!

Three volunteers, inspired and led by a member of St Martha Parish Council spent a productive morning clearing litter from the verges of the Main Road at the east end of the village.  It is hoped that our other Parish Council will follow suit and lead a similar effort at the west end of the village.

Four more or less whole car wheel hubs, as well as rather a lot of discarded drinks containers, bottles and beer cans were also picked up, with equipment provided by SCC.  This equipment will be retained to inspire others to use it around our village!

40 Years celebration of Chilworth Care Committee – an invitation Apr 25

This year the Chilworth Care Committee are celebrating 40 years of service to the villagers of Chilworth.

The first celebration will be a visit by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Mike Parsons and his wife, to our weekly Coffee Morning on Thursday 25th April 2019.

We would like to invite as many people as possible to this event, which will be held in the St. Thomas’ Church Room, New Road, from 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon.  The Mayor will be arriving at 10 a.m. and everyone will have the chance to sit down with coffee and cakes and help us celebrate the remarkable achievement of 40 years entirely voluntary service and even learn a little of our work and the people who have served over the years.

Please come and join us and help us celebrate.

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills picture Gallery

Gunpowder Mills front page – illustrated with photograph of The Swing Bridge
swing bridge p2

aerial photograph of Gunpowder Mills site from the air – copyright Andrew Norris
air photo from north 2009

The Millstones
millstones at incorporating mills buildings 20-22

The Incorporating Mills
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

West Lodge building – used by workers to report for duty and leave any inflammable material

Incorporating Mills building
incorporating mills 1860s buildings 20-22 p2

Expense Magazine building

Incorporating Mills 1885
incorporating mills 1885 building 52

Gunpowder Mills map and historic information to download

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills Is a scheduled ancient monument. Enhance your visit to the Gunpowder Mills in their magic woodland set by downloading the following information and guided trail. See also a set of images showing the historic remains, shown under Gunpowder Mills Picture Gallery.

Thanks to Andrew Norris, Chilworth Gunpowder Group for the images, and to Glenys Crocker for permission to download the map.
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 1
walk leaflet 2010 rev2b page 2