Policy H1: Homes for all

Housing Mix 

New residential development is required to deliver a wide choice of homes to meet a range of accommodation needs as set out in the latest Strategic Housing Market Assessment. New development should provide a mix of housing tenures, types and sizes appropriate to the site size, characteristics and location.

Development that results in the net loss of housing or specialist housing, including sites allocated for housing within the Local Plan will not be permitted.


New residential development is required to make the most efficient use of land whilst responding to local character, context and distinctiveness. Residential densities will vary dependent upon the local area context and character and the sustainability of the location. Higher density development will be supported in Guildford town centre.

Specialist housing 

We will support the provision of well designed specialist forms of accommodation in appropriate sustainable locations, taking into account local housing needs.


We expect 60 per cent of the University of Surrey eligible student population (full time equivalent) to be provided with student bedspaces and accommodation on campus.


We will identify sufficient sites for Travellers’ accommodation needs as set out in the latest Traveller Accommodation Assessment. These sites will be for a mix of tenures and provided on a number of small sites and as part of larger development sites to help create sustainable and mixed communities. New sites must have adequate utility services and amenity space, space for related business activities where appropriate, safe vehicular access, turning space and parking and be in areas with reasonable access to schools, health services and local services.

Sites should not significantly impact on the visual amenity and local character of the area or adversely affect an environmentally sensitive location.

Traveller accommodation should be provided on development sites of 500 homes or more whilst there remains an identified need. For 500 to 999 homes two pitches or plots should be provided, for 1,000 to 1,499 homes four pitches or plots, for 1,500 to 1,999 homes six pitches or plots and for 2,000 or more homes eight pitches or plots..

Houses in multiple occupation 

Proposals for houses in multiple occupation that require planning permission will be supported only where the balance of housing types and character of the immediate locality would not be adversely affected and there is sufficient amenity space available.

Response: Object

The housing mix is based on the assumptions set out in the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) which has not been scrutinised or evaluated and so we must object overall. We support high density development in the urban area. Student accommodation should provided for 100% of new students and more than 60% of existing students, which would free up suitable family accommodation in the urban area. Guildford borough has already a higher proportion of traveller sites than most comparable boroughs and this should be taken into account when evaluating need for travellers.

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