Welcome to the Woking 2027 website, where you can access information about how we are planning for the future of Woking Borough.
National Affordable Housing Threshold and the Vacant Building Credit
Since publication of the Affordable Housing Delivery SPD, the Government has introduced the national Affordable Housing threshold and the Vacant Building Credit. These have altered the way in which the Council implements Core Strategy Policy CS12 'Affordable housing'. A note is available here which explains how Policy CS12 is implemented in light of these changes. This note was updated in May 2015 to reflect changes to the national planning practice guidance.
Consultation on the Draft Development Management Policies DPD
The Council has drafted a Development Management DPD, which contains detailed development management policies. Your comments are being sought on the draft DPD. The consultation period is between 19 February 2015 and 3 April 2015 (by 5.00pm). You are encouraged to send any representations that you may have.
Adoption of planning documents
The Design Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) and the updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) were both formally adopted by the Council on Thursday 12 February 2015. The Design SPD will take effect immediately and is now a material consideration in the determination of planning applications. To view the documents, please click the 'Supplementary Planning Documents' or 'Statement of Community Involvement' link on the left hand side of this page.
Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
The Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum has submitted the draft Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2027 to Woking Borough Council. The Council is publicising the Plan proposals and inviting representations over a period of 6 weeks from Monday 2 February to Monday 16 March 2015. For full details, including the draft Plan and supporting documentation, please see the full Council website here.
Community Infrastructure Levy
Following the adoption of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) in October 2014, CIL will be implemented from 1 April 2015. Please click on the relevant links on the left hand side of this page for further information and to view the documents.
C-Plan now available
An online carbon and sustainability planning tool called 'C-Plan' has been udpated and is now available for developers to demonstrate compliance with sustainable construction policy in the Core Strategy. More details are available here, and C-Plan can be accessed here.
Woking's Local Development Framework (LDF) will made up of a number of Local Development Documents (LDDs):
Core Strategy Development Plan Document (known locally as Woking 2027) - the main document within the LDF which sets out the strategic framework for new development in the Borough.
Delivery Development Plan Document - will allocate land for housing, employment and other land uses in the Site Allocations section; and in the Development Management section will include criteria-based policies covering issues such as parking, noise, design, change of use, advertisements, trees and rural worker's dwellings, for example.
Supplementary Planning Documents which contain background information relating to particular sites or issues established in Development Plan Documents including affordable housing, climate change, design.
The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) - this sets out how the public will be involved in the process of preparing and reviewing all LDDs and decisions on planning applications. An updated SCI was adopted by the Council on 12 February 2015.
The Local Development Scheme (LDS) - the Council's schedule for preparing LDDs.