Woking Borough Council

Supplementary Planning Documents and Guidance

Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) provide greater detail on the implementation of higher level policies such as national planning policy, and those in the Core Strategy and the emerging Development Management Policies and Site Allocations DPDs.

To date, the Council has already prepared SPDs on:

Other Guidance

Other guidance documents which help make sure development proposals meet the requirements of the Development Plan include:

The Council is also preparing the following SPDs to support the implementation of the Core Strategy:

Supplementary Planning Guidance

The Council also produced a number of Supplementary Planning Guidance documents (SPGs) to amplify the policies of the Local Plan 1999. Although the Core Strategy and Development Management Policies DPD policies have now superceded the policies of the Local Plan 1999, some of the SPGs remain relevant and retain a degree of weight in decision-making. The Council is currently reviewing its SPDs and SPGs upon adoption of the Development Management Policies DPD to ensure they refer to the up-to-date policies in the Development Plan for the area.

The SPGs are as follows:

The Design SPD provides a summary of each of these documents, and also contains a section on House Extensions which supercedes the information given in the House Extensions SPG above.

SPDs and Sustainability Appraisal

Regulations 2(5) and (6) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 removes the requirement for a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) report to be prepared for all SPDs. Local Planning Authorities still need to screen their SPDs to ensure that legal requirements for SA are met where there are impacts that have not been covered in the appraisal of the parent DPD. Set out on under each SPD webpage are their individual Screening Statements. These all represent the Councils determination under Regulation 9 (1) of The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 on whether or not a Strategic Environmental Assessment is required.