Welcome to the Woking 2027 website, where you can access information about how we are planning for the future of Woking Borough.
The 'Development Plan for Woking' tab on the left gives a comprehensive overview of Woking Borough's Local Development Documents (including the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD), Supplementary Planning Documents and other guidance documents. The additional tabs on the left provide further details about a range of documents - including the research and evidence base upon which Local Development Documents are prepared - and processes, such as Neighbourhood Planning and the Community Infrastructure Levy.
Review of Woking Core Strategy
Woking Core Strategy has undergone review in accordance with the revised National Planning Policy Framework (2018) and the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations as amended. Full details, including conclusions of the review, can be found here.
Site Allocations DPD Consultation
At its meeting on 18 October 2018, the Council resolved that the draft Site Allocations DPD (and the accompanying Proposals Map), Sustainability Appraisal Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment be supported for the purposes of Regulation 19 consultation, to give the public an opportunity to make formal representations. The consultation ran for 6 weeks until Monday 17 December and is now closed, but full details of the consultation, along with the consultation documents, are available here. The research and evidence base has also been updated with several documents, including the latest Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Housing Land Supply Position Statement. These documents are available under the relevant headings here.
Parking Standards SPD
At its meeting on 5 April 2018, the Parking Standards Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Council, and takes immediate effect. Its requirements are therefore material consideration for all relevant planning applications being determined, and will supersede the existing standards. Please click on the link above to view the Statement of Adoption and Consultation Statement.
The Council has recently produced a number of guidance notes which set out the detail and delivery mechanisms behind policies of the Development Plan for Woking. These include a Travel Plan Guidance Note; a Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Guidance Note; and a Housing Standards Guidance Note, amongst others. All supplementary guidance can be found here.
Development Management Policies DPD
Woking Borough Council formally adopted the Woking Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) and its accompanying Proposals Map at its meeting on 20 October 2016. The DPD is now part of the Development Plan and will be given full weight for the purposes of development management and planning decisions from immediate effect.
The Woking Development Management Policies DPD covers the entire Borough of Woking. It sets out detailed planning policies to help determine day to day planning applications. It covers the period up to 2027.
Affordable Housing contributions
Following a recent court judgement, the national planning practice guidance on Affordable Housing contributions will now be applied. Affordable housing contributions are therefore required for schemes with a net increase of 11 or more dwellings. The Affordable Housing requirements for schemes that meet this threshold are set out in Core Strategy Policy CS12: Affordable Housing. The Affordable Housing Delivery Supplementary Planning Document provides further guidance on the implementation of Policy CS12.
Strategic Housing Market Assessment
The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA 2015) for the West Surrey housing market (Guildford, Waverley and Woking Boroughs) is available here.