Woking Borough Council

Site Allocations DPD

Purpose of the document

The Council is preparing a Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) to allocate sites for development and protection. This DPD will be part of the Development Plan for Woking Borough and is critical to the delivery of the Woking Core Strategy. Site allocations will be illustrated on an updated Proposals Map.

Consultation on land to the east of Martyrs Lane (now closed)

The consultation on land to the east of Martyrs Lane has now concluded. All representations received will be considered by the Council and will inform the 'Regulation 19' version of the Site Allocations DPD. The exact dates of the next public consultation will be agreed by the Council and published in due course.

If you would like to be kept informed of the Site Allocations DPD process then please email planning.policy@woking.gov.uk to be added to the mailing list.

Background documents

Following consideration of the representations received during the Regulation 18 consultation in 2015, the Council at its meeting on 20 October 2016 resolved that a further public consultation exercise be undertaken in respect of the possibility of substituting the safeguarded sites in the draft Site Allocations DPD with land to the east of Martyrs Lane to meet future development needs between 2027-2040.

The consultation period was from 6 January 2017 until 5pm on 27 February 2017.

For information the Consultation document and accompanying documents are:

The next stage of the process

Representations received will be considered by the Council following the conclusion of the consultation and will be used to inform the Site Allocations DPD before it is published for Regulation 19 consultation. The public will have a further opportunity to comment on the Site Allocations DPD when it is published for Regulation 19 consultation.

Previous stages of the Site Allocations DPD (2015-2016)

Draft Site Allocations DPD (Regulation 18): Representations received and the Council's response

The Council carried out a public consultation (Regulation 18) on the Site Allocation Development Plan Document between June and July 2015. The Council would like to thank all those who took the time to respond - Please note that representations were not individually acknowledged.

The full representations received are available here. These are arranged in alphabetical order by the representor's surname. However, where a representor's name was not legible we have labelled the response by an assigned ID number.

The Council has summarised all the representations received and provided a response to these. Any proposed modifications as a result of the comments will inform the Publication version of the DPD. The summaries and the Council's response are available here.

If your submitted response is missing then please contact the Planning Policy Team. Paper copies are available for viewing at the Civic Offices.

Regulation 18 consultation documents (2015)

For reference purposes, you can still view all of the Draft Site Allocations DPD consultation documents (June - July 2015) here. There were three consultation documents:

  • Draft Site Allocations DPD - this allocates specific deliverable sites to enable the delivery of the development proposals of the Core Strategy.
  • Draft Sustainability Appraisal Report - this is a statutory requirement to assess the environmental, social and economic impacts of the Site Allocations DPD.
  • Habitats Regulations Assessment - this assesses the implications of the Site Allocations DPD on the European designated sites and species in the Borough.

Supporting evidence

The identification of sites for future development is based on clear, up to date evidence about potential development land in the Borough. As part of the Site Allocations DPD the Council is considering provision of sites for various types of uses including land for general housing and to meet the need for Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation, employment, new open spaces and new infrastructure.

The evidence base (research reports and other information) supporting preparation of the Site Allocations is available here. Examples of the evidence base are the Green Belt boundary review, Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and the Employment Land Review.

The identification of potential development land is informed by an annual Call for Sites. In 2015 the Draft Site Allocations DPD consultation provided the opportunity to propose new potential development sites to the Council. New sites suggested that have an anticipated capacity of 10 net additional dwellings or 500 sq. m or more commercial or other non-residential floorspace will be assessed for their suitability for allocation in the submission stage Site Allocations DPD. Any suggested new sites falling beneath this site capacity threshold will be used instead to inform future iterations of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), the Housing Land Supply Position Statement and the Employment Land Review as appropriate.

The Sustainability Appraisal Report explains how sites were appraised to inform the Draft Site Allocations DPD. A Site Assessment methodology is also available.

For more information

If you have any questions on the Site Allocations DPD or would like to subscribe to the Planning Policy mailing list, please contact the Planning Policy team at planning.policy@woking.gov.uk or on 01483 743871.