Planning policy

Draft Site Allocations DPD

The consultation on whether to safeguard the land to the east of Martyrs Lane for future development needs has now concluded. Further information can be found on the Woking2027 website.

West Byfleet Neighbourhood Plan

Woking Borough Council recently consulted on the draft West Byfleet Neighbourhood Plan. This document has been prepared by the West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum and includes a number of draft policies that will support sustainable development in the Neighbourhood Area. Although the consultation has now concluded, you can view the draft Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents here.

Development Management Policies DPD

The Council has adopted the Development Management Policies DPD and updated Proposals Map at its meeting on 20 October 2016. It sets out detailed planning policies to help determine day to day planning applications. The DPD is available on the Woking2027 website.

Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan

The Council has made Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for the purpose of managing development in the Pyrford Neighbourhood Area. The decision takes effect from 9 February 2017.

The Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan is available here.

Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan

The Council has made the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for the purposes of managing development in the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area. This decision takes effect from 22 October 2015.

The Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan is available here

Strategic Housing Market Assessment

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) 2015 for the West Surrey housing market (Guildford, Waverley and Woking Boroughs) is available here.

Affordable Housing contributions

Government published revisions to the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) following a Court of Appeal decision in May 2016.

Only developments of over 10 dwellings, or more than 1,000 square metres of gross floorspace, would be liable for affordable housing contributions through Section 106 agreements.

In addition, a vacant building credit is also available to developers to incentivise them to bring back into use vacant buildings. Further guidance on the implementation of Policy CS12 following the changes can be found here.

Other News

The Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2016 is available here.

The Planning Policy team

The Planning Policy team is responsible for preparing the Council's planning policies and proposals to guide future development of the Borough in line with national, regional and sub-regional planning policy.

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 introduced a new system of plan making to replace the previous system of Regional Planning Guidance, County Structure Plans and Local Plans. Further details can be found on the Planning Portal website.

The 2004 Act specifically required local authorities to prepare Local Development Documents (LDD). Collectively these documents set out the Council's future planning policies.

National Planning Policy

Regional Planning Policy

Surrey Minerals and Waste Development Framework

Local Development Documents

Woking Borough 1999 Local Plan

Planning publications