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Welcome to St. Mary’s Wharf, a new sustainable and vibrant town centre development by Native Land for Guildford.

Key Update — January 2022

Following the submission of its planning application (21/P/02232) to Guildford Borough Council in November 2021, Native Land has submitted a series of design amendments to ensure that the redevelopment of St Mary’s Wharf responds to the feedback from the community, creates an important town centre hub and promotes a thriving High Street for Guildford.

Since submission, the team has continued to engage extensively with Guildford Borough Council and local stakeholders.

The revised proposals will help to rejuvenate the town centre, creating a new destination which connects the High Street to the River Wey via publicly accessible landscaped green space. In addition, St Mary’s Wharf will deliver new shops, bars, and cafes, and high-quality town centre homes on brownfield land, protecting Guildford’s surrounding green belt.

The proposed amendments to the submitted application are as follows:

  • To sit more naturally within the local context, and to provide greater difference between the two buildings, the height and massing of the Town Centre Building has been significantly reduced and the materials have been amended.
  • This latest reduction in height represents an overall reduction in the Town Centre Building of two storeys, from 10 to 8 storeys, since the first public consultation.
  • St Mary’s Wharf will now deliver 10 new high-quality affordable homes on-site which will be of the same architectural quality as the rest of the scheme.
  • The new public square, next to the High Street and the Town Bridge, has been redesigned and the Pavilion removed, to maximise open space.
  • The Riverside Promenade has been widened and a colonnade introduced to provide shelter to pedestrian users during inclement weather.
  • Native Land has also submitted plans for a new footbridge, connecting the site to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. The bridge is subject to a separate planning application but would be delivered in parallel with St Mary’s Wharf.
  • The revised application will deliver in excess of 50 new trees on site, as well as a riverside pocket park and expansive greening on t­he roofs.

How do I support the planning application?

It’s vitally important that local residents and businesses let Guildford Borough Council know of their support for this Planning Application before it is determined by Guildford’s Planning Committee.

The best way to do this is to support the application via the below link to the ‘Make a Comment’ section on Guildford Borough Councils Planning Register. It is worth noting that you will need to have registered an account with the Council to make a comment through the portal. The planning application reference number is: 21/P/02232.

– Support our application here –

Alternatively, you can email your comments to GBC’s planning department directly via the following email address: When doing this, you should also quote the application reference, ‘21/P/02232’ in the subject of your email.


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