Woking Borough Council

Woking 2027

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.

Latest News

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.

Draft Site Allocations DPD

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 documents are being prepared, and it is anticipated that the consultation will begin in early November 2018. If you would like to receive notification of the consultation, and are not already on our LDF Consultation Database, please contact the Planning Policy Team at planning.policy@woking.gov.uk to add your contact details.

The Council also resolved to support the revised Local Development Scheme, which can be found 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.

Self Build and Custom Housebuilding Guidance Note

Also at its meeting on 5 April 2018, the Council adopted the Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Guidance Note, which sets out the detail and delivery mechanisms behind policy DM12 of the Development Management Policies DPD on self-build and custom housebuilding.

Other News

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

The Council is currently updating its SHLAA. Further details can be found on SHLAA page of the Council's website.

Guidance Note on Travel Plans

The Council has produced a Travel Plan Guidance Note.

Guidance Note on Housing Standards

The Council has produced a guidance note on the implementation of parts of policies CS13 and CS22 of the Core Strategy, following the introduction of 'new technical standards' for new housing and updated Building Regulations.

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.

Housing Land Supply 2016

The Five Year Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2016 can be found within the Council's Research and Evidence Base.