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.

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.

Neighbourhood Planning

For more information on Neighbourhood Planning including the adopted Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan and Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan, please visit the Council's Neighbourhood Planning webpage.

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