Woking Borough Council

Revised Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area Avoidance Strategy SPD

The following revised Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) Avoidance Strategy SPD sets out an approach whereby new residential development that is between 400m and 5km of the SPA can avoid adverse effects on the SPA - an important habitat for rare species of birds - by providing Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) as an alternative site for recreation, and by funding access management and monitoring measures on the SPA itself.

It has become necessary to review existing SPA Avoidance Strategy, available here, to reflect changes in national policy and up-to-date information, including recent legal judgements. Full details on the extent and significance of the SPA, the background to the strategy, and the policy and legal context are provided in Chapter 1 of the consultation document.

The Council are inviting comments on the revised document from 27 September until 5pm on 8 November, in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 (as amended). The Council will consider all responses before finalising the document for adoption. Once adopted, it will have the status of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and will be a material consideration in determining planning applications and other planning decisions.

The consultation document is available to download below:

Paper copies can be viewed at the Council Offices (by pre-appointment only) or at the local libraries in the borough (including West Byfleet once it has been relocated).

You can submit your responses by:

  • Emailing Planning Policy at planning.policy@woking.gov.uk; or
  • Writing to Planning Policy, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL.

Please be aware that all comments will be made publicly available and identifiable by name and, where applicable, organisation. Any other personal information provided will be processed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.  If you have any questions on the draft SPD, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Planning Policy Team on 01483 743871.