LAST CHANCE TO COMMENT ON DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS IN THE BOROUGH
At the Full Council Meeting on October 18th, Woking Borough Council published its latest Draft Site Allocations Development Plan (DPD) and announced a new round of public consultation (Regulation 19).
This important consultation started 9am on Monday 5 November 2018 and runs until 5pm on Monday 17 December 2018.
Woking Council Press Release:
The Council has published its Site Allocations DPD and its accompanying Sustainability Appraisal Report, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Proposals Map for Regulation 19 consultation, also known as the pre-submission or publication consultation. This offers a final opportunity to submit representations before the Publication version of the DPD and supporting documents are submitted to the Secretary of State for Examination….
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A) WHAT IS THE DPD?
The main purpose of the DPD is to identify potential urban and Green Belt sites and allocate specific sites for future development needed for future housing, traveller sites, employment and infrastructure needs within Woking Borough.
The DPD will facilitate the delivery of the Woking Core Strategy (2012) to the year 2027 which makes provision for the delivery of:
- 4,964 additional dwellings
- 93,900 sq. m of retail floor space
- 28,000 sq. m of office floor space
- 20,000 sq. m of warehouse floor space.
The Site Allocations DPD takes a long term strategic view of the future (period 2012 to 2027) and safeguards land for residential development beyond the Plan period (between 2027 and 2040). It releases 1.93% of the total Green Belt in Woking, with the majority of future development sites are located within Woking Town Centre.
B) WHAT IS REG 19?
The Regulation 19 consultation is the final opportunity for anyone to comment on the Site Allocations DPD before it is submitted to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will appoint a Planning Inspector who will review the document and is likely to arrange public meetings.
Woking Borough Council says, that representations made at this stage of the process should relate to one of the tests of soundness. To be sound the Site Allocation DPD should be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy. The tests are in paragraph 35 of the National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018). (See Appendix 4 below). All comments received will be summarised by Woking Borough Council and passed onto the Secretary of State.
The next round of Regulation 19 public consultation started on 5th November 2018 for 6 weeks to 5pm 17th December 2018.
Woking Borough Council have supplied a guidance note which goes into more detail and is available at http://www.woking2027.info/allocations/sadpdconsguidance
C) WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
There was a Reg 18 consultation in June/July 2015 of the previous Draft DPD, followed by a Martyrs Lane consultation in January/February 2017. All those comments were reviewed by Woking Borough Council but are no longer appropriate and are effectively “time expired”.
Even if you have made representations during Reg 18, you must make representations now if you wish to have the right to speak to the inspector and make your case at the examination.
D) WHAT ARE THE KEY CHANGES?
The document covers all of Woking Borough but this section will concentrate on impacts across the three villages Byfleet, West Byfleet & Pyrford within the Residents Association area.
The key points to note are:-
- Development site proposals for use up until 2027 remain unchanged. (See lists in Appendices 1 & 2 below)
- Safeguarded sites to remain in Greenbelt
- Land West of Upshot Lane and to the rear of 79-95 Lovelace Drive (GB12 Reg 18)
- Land East of Upshot Lane & South of Aviary Road (GB13 Reg 18)
- Safeguarded sites to be withdrawn from Green Belt:
- Land to the south of Parvis Road, Byfleet (GB4 Reg 18 & 19)
- Land to the south of Rectory Lane, Byfleet (GB5 Reg 18 & 19)
N.B. These two sites are for dwellings and “could also include a Gypsy and Traveller site.”
- Sites to be removed from Green Belt
- West Byfleet Infant & Junior School including playing fields (GB21 Reg 19)
- Traveller accommodation proposals:
- Temporary planning permission at Murrays Lane should be made permanent
- 15 pitches be set aside at West Hall, West Byfleet
- The Martyrs Lane site is excluded from all development proposals.
- Site in West Byfleet identified as land for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) to remain in Green Belt. (See Appendix 3 below)
E) WHAT NEXT?
1) Location of documents
The Site Allocations DPD and its supporting Sustainability Appraisal Report, Habitats Regulations Assessment and Proposals Map are available for inspection at the following venues:
- Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL.
Monday to Friday 9am – 4.45pm
- Woking, Byfleet, West Byfleet and Knaphill libraries. Please see www.surreycc.gov.uk for addresses and opening times of the libraries.
- On the Council’s website www.woking2027.info/allocations
2) Drop-in Sessions
Woking Borough Council will be holding drop-in sessions where you can come and discuss the proposals in more detail with the Planning Policy Team. These will be held on:
- Wednesday 21 November at HG Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking GU21 6HJ, from 5.30 – 7.30pm;
- Monday 26 November at Woking Borough Council Civic Offices (address as above) from 1 – 4.45pm.
The RA will be arranging public meetings. Details will be announced soon.
3) Your Feedback
Representations may be accompanied by a request to be notified at a specified address of any of the following:
- that the Site Allocations DPD has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination;
- the publication of the recommendations of any person appointed to carry out an Independent Examination of the DPD; and
- the adoption of the DPD.
The representation form provided by the Council allows you to indicate whether you wish to be informed when the DPD progresses to the next stages. If you do not use the form, please remember to specify whether you would like to be notified and provide your contact details.
Representations can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
The Planning Policy Team
Woking Borough Council
Gloucester Square, Woking
Surrey GU21 6YL
The full letter sent to registered residents is in Appendix 5.