Woking Borough Council
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This Local Plan summary for Old Woking is one of a series of guides covering Woking Borough. It aims to provide a general user friendly overview of how the Woking Borough Local Plan 1999 will manage future development in this area. The Local Plan sets out the Council's policies for the development and use of land and includes the key considerations for determining planning applications. The Council also produces a number of other key strategies which feature policies that are not covered by the Local Plan.
Old Woking lies to the south of the Borough, and includes a mixture of Green Belt and urban area. To the south and east of the area is open countryside, while the urban area of Woking is to the north and west. Old Woking was the original settlement of Woking, centred on St. Peter's Church before the modern town developed around the railway station. To the east and north lies the Hoe Valley. Within the area there is a mixture of residential and industrial uses, agricultural land, and areas of nature conservation and archaeological importance. There is also a substantial amount of open space and common land close to the area including Woking Park and Mill Moor. Additionally, the historic site of Woking Palace lies to the east of the urban area.
The focus of the Local Plan for the Old Woking area is on protecting the environment and ensuring that any new development is in keeping with the existing character. As a result, development of a modest scale, appropriate to the area concerned, will be permitted in the existing residential areas, while important nature conservation sites and historic buildings will be protected. Whereas in the village centre, proposals which maintain and enhance its vitality and viability will be considered. Only very limited types of building will be permitted in the Green Belt areas around Old Woking.
There are two local centres in the area; Old Woking and Rydens Way. In 1999, both Old Woking and Rydens Way contain a limited range of shops.
Old Woking village centre is a small centre of historical significance which is reflected in its narrow streets and concentrated pattern of development. In addition, the centre also has many period buildings constructed of traditional materials which give it a distinctive character, eight of these are Listed. The centre is mainly residential in character interspersed with a variety of shops, pubs and offices which provide limited services for the local community. Community facilities (churches, community halls and health centres) are very limited although there are large areas of open space nearby.
In addition, there is a small parade of shops at Rydens Way.
Within these centres, the Local Plan aims to:
Additionally, in Old Woking, the Local Plan aims to:
Much of the area is characterised by inter war estate type housing which includes terraced and semi-detached housing. Opportunities to build more housing within the built-up area are limited, but in some cases house builders may seek to redevelop sites to provide more houses. In these cases, the Local Plan aims to:
There is a limited range of community facilities in Old Woking which can only be lost when: there is no longer a need or adequate alternative provision is made (CUS2)
The area has a number of buildings which have been Listed for their architectural or historic interest including twenty three which are of national importance together with others of local importance. Whilst the area was substantially developed during the inter war and immediate post war period, Old Woking is an historic centre. The settlement is based around St Peter's Church which is a Grade 1 Listed Building. This is the highest grade nationally, and there are only four in Woking. Old Woking was the first Conservation Area to be designated in the Borough. In addition, there are also a number of sites which may contain archaeological remains.
Woking Palace is an important feature of the area, lying to the east of the village centre. The Palace site has been nationally recognised for its historic interest and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. The Palace had important royal connections during the medieval and post medieval periods, most notably with Edward III and Henry VIII. The site was purchased by the Council in 1988, and in September 1994 it adopted a strategy for its long term conservation, repair and presentation. To improve access to the site, the Council is proposing to establish a Country Park around the Palace. This proposal is covered later in the summary.
The Local Plan seeks to:
The River Wey and Hoe Stream are important features in the area, particularly for their landscape and ecological attributes. They are designated as Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) to protect the regionally important watercourse. In addition, there are SNCIs at Oldhall Copse and Roundbridge Farm to protect the marsh and grassland habitats. Parts of the area close to the River Wey and Hoe Stream lie within the flood plain.
The Local Plan seeks to:
Much of the Old Woking area is designated Green Belt. Whilst the Green Belt area is mainly agricultural, there are a number of other uses including a sewerage works and a printing works. The Local Plan seeks to:
Old Woking contains both formal and informal recreational opportunities, including the playing fields at Rydens Way. The are also a variety of local footpath routes around the area. Local Plan policies:
To supplement the recreational facilities in the area, the Council is proposing a new Country Park around Woking Palace and a footpath along the Hoe Valley. The proposed Country Park will help to protect the Scheduled Ancient Monument.
The Old Woking area provides a range of local employment opportunities. The Local Plan seeks to retain these. However, some of the buildings may require redevelopment to provide suitable accommodation for the needs of modern businesses. The Plan seeks to address this by:
Several major routes pass through the area including the A247 (Kingfield Road) and the B382 (Old Woking Road), providing good road connections with other areas of the Borough and beyond. These are important through routes which consequently suffer from heavy traffic, particularly at peak times. As well as being inconvenient for road users, this can damage the quality of the environment in the area. To address this, the Local Plan:
Local Plan policies aim to support initiatives which reduce the demands on the road network by ensuring that alternatives such as public transport, walking and cycling are safe, convenient and accessible. Currently (2000), public transport accessibility in the area is poor. Local Plan policies:
Detailed proposals for maintenance and improvement of roads, cycle and pedestrian routes and public transport are not part of the Local Plan. These are set out in the Surrey Local Transport Plan (Woking Area Implementation Programme).
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