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RPS represented Guildford Housing Forum on matters relating to the calculation of the Objectively Assessed Need for Housing through the course of the Guildford Local Plan.

This involved using population, housing and employment data for the Borough to model impact of housing growth over the Plan period. Our involvement included a stand-alone report to the Council, submissions to the Inspector’s questions, and attendance at Examination over a number of days.

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Guildford Housing Forum

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  • Thakeham Homes
  • A2 Dominion
  • CALA Homes (South Home Counties) Ltd
  • Crownhall Estates
  • Gladman Developments Ltd
  • Bewley Homes
  • Danescroft Land Limited

 

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Guildford, Surrey

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Our team presented evidence at each stage of the Examination process, responding to the changes in evidence as the position continued to evolve during the course of the Examination.

Although this depressed the starting point for growth, we were still able to move matters in the right direction. Whilst the Council sought to downplay the role of Guildford and its contribution towards economic growth, we highlighted the role of the Borough as part of the M3 Local Enterprise Partnership and why higher rates of housing would be needed to support employment growth in the area; justifying additional increases to the Council’s housing need figure.