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GBC's only out-of-town park and rides are at Artington with a second just completed at Merrow.  Another is being considered for North Guildford, which is what this page is all about.

The map below is a combination of the GBC Site Allocations Park and Ride map (A4) and aerial views from GBC 'Park and Ride Site Proforma' listing details about each of the potential park and ride sites.  The GBC site allocation process has identified MANY more sites identified for many other uses, including residential as well as leisure use.  This SCA web-page is concerned only about the park and ride.  Please see the SCA Site Allocations web page for more detail about other types of site allocations.

The site allocations consultation process started in November 2007, and the first stage completed in January 2008.  The findings will be published along with another round of consultation in January 2009.  However, Guildford Borough Council has already indicated their preferred location is the Donkey Field, with Tangley Place Farm as a reserved option.  Other sites are less suitable.  But it is not clear what GBC are doing.  (see extracts from GBC committee minutes below)

When looking at the Site Allocations information, it is not clear how much of each site is intended for use as park and ride, or in some cases a combination of residential or other use as well as park and ride. 

SCA believe that a park and ride may be beneficial for Stoughton, but require some assurances before any money is wasted.  Before any park and ride facility is granted the go-ahead, SCA believes Stoughton residents require:

  1. A usage survey – will the facility be used?

  2. A traffic survey – will users of the facility travel within or through Stoughton to get to the facility?

  3. An assurance that this facility will not adversely impact current bus services by replacing routes.

  4. An assurance that new bus services will not adversely impact local businesses by taking people directly into town.

  5. An explanation as to why, in spite of GBC's own policies, the plans would build a park and ride without bus lanes.

The five sites the council have 'allocated' are:

  • 127 - The Horse Field (off Salt Box Road, opposite Grange Rd) - SCA believe this is the worst option

  • 124 - The Donkey Field (off Perry Hill, Worplesdon Road) (See also 154)

  • 126 - Keens Lane

  • 128 - Liddington Hall (off Aldershot Road)

  • 125 - Tangley Place Farm (behind Tangley Place) - SCA believe this is the least worst option

Please note:

  • Site 49 is a combination of 125 & 126 and 'allocated' as combined residential, mixed use and park and ride, therefore please treat this as a '6th site'.

  • Site 154 'Land west of Tangley Place Farm' is not shown but includes most of the 'Donkey Field' site 124 and extends south, almost to where '49' is shown, therefore please treat this as a '7th site'

  • To use sites 125 or 49, the council are suggesting that a new access off Salt Box roundabout is provided with a route through Tangley Place (site '141, 142') - see SCA's Site Allocations page and SCA's Tangley Place page, and therefore SCA want a detailed study of traffic at the roundabout and the introduction of 40mph limit on all approach roads.

 

Worplesdon Park and Ride Action Group: www.wprag.co.uk

Surrey CC Park and Ride Passenger Survey 2005

CPRE view on Park and Ride

 

GBC's Executive Committee Meeting 16th March 2006

ITEM 13 - PARK AND RIDE STRATEGY contains:

3.2 The original Park & Ride ‘Strategy’ was prepared over ten years ago. It needs updating to reflect current policy, and to progress direction on the future development of Park & Ride in Guildford within one comprehensive document.

3.3 This has been discussed with Surrey County Council’s Local Transportation Director and other County Officers and a draft framework of topics has been prepared for inclusion in the ‘refreshed’ strategy document. This work will build on the previous approach to developing Park & Ride and parking provision for Guildford. It will ensure that any ‘gaps’, clarification or agreements requiredare addressed and included. Subject to reaching agreement with the County Council, the document should be completed by September 2006 and be presented to both the Executive and the Guildford Local Committee for approval. Following Member approval, it will be updated regularly and will serve several functions, including a clear evidence base for use when negotiating with developers to secure funding towards future Park & Ride developments.

5.6 As with the UniS site, the County Council has commissioned WSP Consultants to carry out demand surveys in the northern corridor. This report is also due in April 2006. The report will assess likely typical vehicle attraction to the north Guildford area. When it is available it should be possible to identify whether there is a viable site for Park & Ride development. Following this, initial confidential discussions will be required with the land owner(s). As previously reported, all possible sites are in the Green Belt and in private ownership, and will probably require use of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process if they are to be achieved. Details of this process have been reported previously to the Executive. At this stage it is not possible to provide a timescale for achieving this. Further background research and information gathering will have to be obtained before being able to report back to the Executive.

GBC's Environment & Housing Scrutiny Committee Meeting 4th September 2007

Item 08 - Park and Ride Strategy

Item 08(1) - Park and Ride Strategy - Annex I (including objectives, listed below)

Item 08(2) - Park and Ride Strategy - Annex II

Minutes which contain:

EH28 PROGRESS WITH PARK AND RIDE SITES (PARAGRAPHS 3 & 6)

The Committee considered a report on progress made with the development of Park and Ride in Guildford and outlined a number of potential sites, particularly in the northern corridor of the Borough.

The Committee noted that at its meeting on 6 September 2007, the Executive would be requested to agree the following recommendations:-

(I) that Officers recommend to the Guildford Local Committee that further work be undertaken to acquire Site 1 on the northern corridor as a Park and Ride site as outlined in the Officers’ report to the Committee; [see below]

(II) that the Head of Environmental Policy & Design Services be authorised to seek outline planning permission for the use of Site 1 for Park and Ride purposes as outlined in the Officers’ report to the Committee;

(III) that the following recommendations be made to Council on 11 October 2007:-

   (i) that the major capital scheme estimate for Merrow Park and Ride be increased to £1.6m;

   (ii) that the major capital scheme estimate for Artington Park and Ride extension be increased to £1.134m; and

   (iii) that an additional scheme in the sum of £20,000 be added to the Major Schemes Capital Programme to employ a consultant to represent the Council in the acquisition of Site 1, to be funded by Section 106 receipts in hand from the Queen Elizabeth Park development [subject to ensuring adequate journey times to and from the site can be achieved.]

Reason for Recommendations:

To update the major capital schemes for the latest estimate and develop a Park & Ride site on the northern corridor into Guildford.

Having considered the report, the Committee RESOLVED: That the Executive be advised that this Committee supports [all] the above recommendations subject to the substitution of the following in place of recommendation (III) (iii) above:- that an additional scheme in the sum of £20,000 be added to the Major Schemes Capital Programme to employ a consultant to represent the Council in the acquisition of Site 1, to be funded by Section 106 receipts in hand from the Queen Elizabeth Park development subject to ensuring adequate journey times to and from the site can be achieved.

 

Extract from Annex I, showing borough officers consider park and ride being a benefit for the town centre.

Introduction

Park & Ride is one of a range of tools that can be used to encourage people to use non-car based transport, for at least part of their journey. If the experience proves to be stress free they may consider using public transport for all of their journey and at other times as well. Park & Ride can play a part in tackling congestion in town centres by replacing multiple car journeys with a single bus. Having a clear Park & Ride strategy is also important when negotiating with developers to secure funding through S106 Agreements. The strategy will be subject to review to ensure that it remains relevant.

Objectives

1. To maintain and enhance the economy of Guildford town centre and its competitive position with neighbouring town centres.

2. To balance the needs of businesses, visitors and shoppers by providing short –stay spaces in the town centre and long –stay spaces in peripheral car parks or Park & Ride sites.

3. To assist in stabilizing and eventually reducing traffic congestion.

4. To help promote the use of public transport.

 

GBC's Executive Committee Meeting 6th September 2007

Minutes which include:

(v) EH25 – PARK AND RIDE STRATEGY

That the Transportation Task Group, or such Members as may be agreed, be used, together with appropriate Officers of this Council and Surrey County Council, to consider the draft Strategy and develop it into a document that can be adopted by both authorities.

Reason for Decision:

To develop the draft Park and Ride Strategy into a document that can be adopted by both Surrey County Council and this Council.

(vi) EH27 – PROGRESS WITH PARK AND RIDE SITES

(I) That Officers be requested to recommend to the Guildford Local Committee that further work be undertaken to acquire Site 1 on the northern corridor as a Park and Ride site, as outlined in the Officers’ report to the Scrutiny Committee.

(II) That the Head of Environmental Policy & Design Services be authorised to seek outline planning permission for the use of Site 1 for Park and Ride purposes as outlined in the Officers’ report to the Scrutiny Committee.

(III) That, in relation to possible park and ride sites along the northern corridor, the Officers be requested to undertake further work with Surrey County Council in relation to site constraints and other detailed considerations, and that the Head of Property be requested to enter into an active dialogue with all the relevant landowners with a view to a further report back to the Executive on these matters in November 2007.

Reason for Decision:

To develop a Park & Ride site on the northern corridor into Guildford.

 

WHAT HAS THE GUILDFORD LOCAL COMMITTEE (County Council) AGREED TO?

Progress Report ~ Park and Ride sites to Guildford Local Committee, 27th September 2007, including Annex  A & B (Annex C is below) which contains:
  1. Five sites along the northern corridor, all within the Green Belt, have been identified as possible Park & Ride sites and are shown on the map attached as ANNEXE C. Site information / appraisal sheets are attached as ANNEXE A, which include the site selection criteria. A red, green and amber type assessment is included, where red = negative aspect, green = positive, amber = neither negative nor positive, but action required. The more greens and fewer reds the better.

  2. SCC commissioned a report to assess the potential demand for the five sites. It concluded that the A322 was likely to attract more traffic and save more vehicle kilometres (and reduce emissions) than the A323 and A320. Of the five sites, sites 1 and 2 are, therefore, the best locations for Park & Ride and site 1 the better of the two, being very prominent from the road which is attractive to motorists. Site 1 would, however, need a new allmovements access constructed, probably in the form of a roundabout.

  3. GBC’s Head of Property Services has contacted all the owners of the sites with the following results:

  4. Site 1 Worplesdon Road/Tangley Lane. A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process may be required if this site was to be progressed.

  5. Site 2 Adjacent to Tangley Place. Taylor Woodrow has been granted an option to purchase for potential future development by the site owner.  Both parties appear amenable to discussing Park & Ride potential on the site. Access would have to be negotiated with the owners of Tangley Place, which sits between the site and the road.

  6. Site 3 Keens Lane. A CPO process may be required for the site. However, the site has very poor access and is not preferred.

  7. Site 4 Saltbox Road. The owners appear amenable to discussing Park & Ride on the site and favoured a lease arrangement rather than purchase. It is not preferred for Park & Ride as motorists would have to divert off the A322 to access, albeit a relatively short distance. Wherever possible, Park & Ride sites should be on the main feeder routes. This would also introduce development north of Salt Box Road which may not be considered appropriate.

  8. Site 5 Aldershot Road/Gravetts Lane (part of site). Guildford College own this site and are amenable to discussing Park & Ride. However, it is on the A323, which is not the preferred corridor.

  9. Planning Policy comments are detailed on the site information / appraisal sheets at ANNEXE A, but all sites are in the Green Belt and special circumstances for development for Park & Ride would need to be justified. 

  10. For any site on the northern corridor, a study must be carried out to look at opportunities for bus priority along the route into and out of Guildford. It is important that buses are seen to be the quickest way to travel and are not delayed in the same queue as cars. If this happens, then people are less likely to use Park & Ride.

  1. Funding currently or potentially available for future Park and Ride sites includes:-

  • £1.65m available to benefit the Stoughton area, through Section 106 money from the Queen Elizabeth Park development. This must be spent by June 2012.

  • £1m included in the Friary Centre redevelopment Section 106 agreement (assumed to be for the University site). The trigger for payment is after commencement of the development within 28 days of letting a contract for the Park & Ride construction.

  1. There is also provision in the Friary Centre Section 106 agreement for an additional £1.3m payable to SCC for the Park & Ride bus service. The timing of the Friary Centre development is uncertain at present.

  1. The consultants’ report on the potential demand for a site on the northern corridor concluded that demand was higher on the A322. Site 1 therefore is in the best location to serve as a Park & Ride site, being in a visible location adjacent to the main feeder road and with sufficient capacity. Site 2 should be considered as a reserve site should it not be possible to develop Site 1. Further extensive work will be required by Officers to satisfy the legal requirements as set out above.

Annex C

 

The Committee agreed:

(i) that the progress made on the Merrow, Artington and Manor Park sites be noted.

(ii) that officers of both authorities carry out further work to determine the feasibility of Park and Ride along the A322 corridor taking account of site constraints, access to the town centre and other detailed considerations.

(iii) that officers of both authorities carry out further work to facilitate the acquisition of Site 1.

Reason for decision:

To enable officers to carry out further work towards developing a Park and Ride site on the northern corridor into Guildford town. Site 1 is a visible from and adjacent to the main feeder road, with sufficient capacity and on a route with relatively high demand.

 

* Bob McShee (Chairman Worplesdon Parish Council) raised concerns about the environmental impacts of a Park & Ride site and asked why the Parish Council had not been consulted.

* Cllr Nevins agreed that there was a need for Park & Ride for Guildford but made a number of initial objections to Site 1 (in the report) and said that much work needed to be done on the proposals.

* Cllr Searle regretted any use of greenbelt land in this way, but explained that there is no land available in Stoughton which is already very congested and in need of a Park & Ride scheme.

 

Guildford Local Committee, 27th September 2007, Guildford Park And Ride Strategy

The Committee agreed:

(i) that the Transportation Task Group be used together with appropriate SCC and GBC Officers to consider the draft strategy and develop it into a document that can be adopted by both authorities.

Reason for decision:

To develop the draft strategy which will help reduce congestion in the town centre, to contribute to GBC’s Parking Strategy and SCC’s Local Transport Plan, and to help secure developer funding.

* Cllr Davis pointed out the negative effect of Objective 1 of the Strategy on rural village shops.

 

http://www.guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordWeb/Environment/Transport/ParkandRide.htm

http://www.guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordWeb/Environment/Transport/ParkandRide/informationsheet.htm

http://www.guildford.gov.uk/GuildfordWeb/Environment/Transport/ParkandRide/FAQ.htm

 

www.guildford.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/D6AA4E71-F333-47B2-AE44-A08B27FF298D/0/Parkandrideleaflet2006.pdf

 

http://www.surreyad.co.uk/news/2019/2019174/plots_earmarked_for_potential_new_park_and_ride_facility

 

http://www.parish-council.com/Worplesdon/Documents/other/guildford%20dev%20framework.pdf

 

Merrow Park and Ride:  01/P/01627  Land adjacent to Clandon Park, Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1, for Construction of ''open access'' 18 hole golf course and clubhouse, park-and-ride site and associated highway improvements.  Approved at GBC Planning Committee 20/10/2003.

Merrow park & ride progress report, Guildford Local Committee, 20th January 2005

 

Draft Strategy Report ~ Guildford Park And Ride Strategy,  Guildford Local Committee, 27th September 2007

University Manor Farm (west, A3/A31 corridor)

As part of the University’s planned expansion at Manor Farm, a site for park and ride has been identified. There is potential to provide up to 450 spaces subject to final design. The off-site implications of developing and accessing this site are being fully assessed. There is a good route into the town centre from this site, the majority of which would be suitable for bus priority measures.

 

Page last updated: 27-Jan-11