Woking Borough Council

Draft 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.

On 11th April 2018, the Portfolio Holder for Planning at the Council issued a statement on the progress of the DPD, including broad timeframes for next steps. The statement can be accessed on the Council's homepage at www.woking.gov.uk.

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.

The representations received during the consultation have been published and can be viewed online. Please note that representations are identifiable by surname and that there is no other search function within the software (e.g. to search by organisation). The Council has therefore prepared a list of representations submitted from organisations and statutory consultees to assist in finding these particular representations.

Paper copies of the representations will also be available to view at Civic Offices shortly. Due to the volume of representations, the paper copies will not be kept in Reception. Therefore please contact the Planning Policy team (01483 743871) if you would like to arrange a suitable time to view the paper files.

If you are unable to find your representation then please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy Team on the number above or at planning.policy@woking.gov.uk where we will be happy to help.

As per data protection requirements, all sensitive information including personal postal and email addresses as well as signatures have been redacted.

The Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the consultation. The officer responses to all of the representations will be published alongside the Council papers when the Site Allocations DPD is considered at a future Council Meeting. The exact dates will be confirmed 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.

Land to the east of Martyrs Lane 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.