Have your say on the Martyrs Lane site

06 January 2017

A consultation seeking the views of local residents and businesses to the possibility of substituting six proposed safeguarded sites outlined in the draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document (DPD) with land to the east of Martyrs Lane for future development needs between 2027 and 2040 has begun today.

Take me to the Martyrs Lane consultation

The consultation was agreed by Council at its meeting on 20 October 2016 in response to representations received during its initial Regulation 18 Site Allocations DPD consultation during June and July 2015 where residents were asked for their views on a number of sites including the proposed six safeguarded sites.

Sites which are safeguarded ensure that there is enough land available for the Boroughs future development needs between 2027 and 2040.

Cllr Ashley Bowes, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services and Chairman of the Local Development Framework (LDF) Working Group, said: It is now for local residents and businesses to express their views on the possibility of substituting the proposed six safeguarded sites for one to the east of Martyrs Lane.

It is however important to stress that this consultation is not an opportunity to revisit previous comments raised during the initial draft Site Allocations DPD consultation, nor if Green Belt land should be released for future development. Rather an opportunity for local residents and businesses to have their say on the possibility of safeguarding the land east of Martyrs Lane for future development needs.

This is an important matter that will help shape the direction of future development within the Borough.

All relevant documents can be viewed at the following locations.

  • Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, GU21 6YL. Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm.

  • Woking, Byfleet, West Byfleet and Knaphill libraries. Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk for address and opening times.

  • By visiting www.woking2027.info/allocations

  • There are a number of ways to submit your representation.

The outcome of this consultation will inform the Councils decision on the preferred site(s) to be safeguarded in the next version of the Site Allocations DPD, which will be formally published for consultation later this year.

Contrary to recent reports in the local media, the Council is not proposing a housing development for the Martyrs Lane site. Instead, this is a consultation to consider safeguarding the site for the possible future development needs of the Borough between 2027 and 2040.

Consultation drop-in sessions

The Councils Planning Policy Team will be hosting two public drop-in sessions at H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Woking to answer any questions you may have on the Martyrs Lane consultation and the Site Allocations DPD process on:

  • Friday 27 January 2017, 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 2 February 2017, 2pm - 7pm

The six week consultation ends 5pm, Monday 20 February 2017.

Anyone with questions about the consultation should contact the Councils Planning Policy Team on 01483 743871 or email planning.policy@woking.gov.uk

Further information
Initial Safeguarded Green Belt sites identified in the draft Site Allocations DPD (June 2015) for residential development within the Borough between 2027 and 2040.

  • South of High Road, Byfleet.

  • South of Murrays Lane, Byfleet.

  • Land to the north east of Saunders Lane, between Saunders Lane and Hook Hill Lane.

  • Land to the north west of Saunders Lane, Mayford.

  • Rear of 79-95 Lovelace Drive, Teggs Lane, Pyrford.

  • East of Upshot Lane and south of Aviary Road, Pyrford.