Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
This area will keep you up to date with the latest planning news.
With effect from 6 April 2015 all major applications (developments of 10 or more dwellings or equivalent non-residential or mixed development) are expected to have sustainable drainage systems for the management of run-off, unless demonstrated to be inappropriate. The Council has amended the local requirements for a valid application to include the submission of a validation checklist to support surface water drainage.
The Council has introduced a formal pre-application planning advice service for which a charge will be payable. The fee payable will vary depending on the scale of the development proposal.
Further information can be found here.
A Duty Planning Officer Service is available between 11:00am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday at the Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking.
This is a free service to assist local residents and businesses with straightforward or general planning enquiries. Please note that the duty planning officer will be unable to advise you on the prospects of success of a planning application. A formal pre-application process has been set up to deal with such requests for which a fee is payable.
Should you require a formal determination of whether planning permission is required a Certificate of Lawfulness for a Proposed Use or Development should be submitted to the Local Planning Authority.
No appointment is necessary to see the Duty Officer but normally no more than 10 to 15 minutes is available for each enquiry. There may be a queue of people visiting to see the duty officer. Please bear with us as we only have the resources to provide one duty officer available at one time.
For a period of three years between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016 householders will be able to build larger single-storey rear extensions under permitted development. The size limits will double from 4 metres to 8 metres for detached houses and from 3 metres to 6 metres for all other houses. There is a neighbour consultation scheme for these new larger extensions. Further information is available here.
Planning fees in England increased by 15% with effect from midnight on 21 November 2012. The fee schedule is available here.
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 27 March 2012 and came into effect immediately. The NPPF replaces existing Planning Policy Statements (PPSs) and Planning Policy Guidance (PPGs), for further information please refer to Annex 3 of the NPPF.
The Woking Core Strategy was adopted in October 2012 and can be viewed and dowloaded on the Council's dedicated Woking 2027 website.
The latest planning policy news is available here.
New regulations for tree protection came into effect on 6 April 2012; these do not reduce the level of tree protection but make the tree preservation order system simpler to administer, easier to understand and fairer for tree owners.
Please ensure that you contact the case officer dealing with your application to make an appointment before bringing samples to the Civic Offices. We are unable to accept samples brought in without an appointment.