Local Development Documents

Local Development Documents

Woking Borough Council has a statutory responsibility to prepare Local Development Documents (LDDs). Collectively these documents are referred to as Woking 2027. The LDDs will guide planning and development in the Borough until 2027.

LDDs must be in conformity with the National Planning Policy Framework and the saved policies of the Regional Spatial Strategy (the South East Plan), and are influenced by the Sustainable Community Strategy and other Borough wide and area based information. Although the Government has revoked much of the Regional Spatial Strategy, the requirement to produce LDDs remains. There are two different types of LDD:

  • Development Plan Documents - which form part of the statutory development plan
  • Supplementary Planning Documents - which amplify the policies of the statutory development plan

Summary information on LDDs is provided below, including links to adopted or approved documents. For detailed information, including the timetable for production of LDDs and how to get involved, please refer to the Woking 2027 website.

Development Plan Documents

Development Plan Documents (DPDs) form part of the development plan for Woking, together with the saved policies of the Regional Spatial Strategy (South East Plan) and Surrey Minerals and Waste Development Framework. DPDs must be examined by an independent Planning Inspector before adoption, and be subject to Sustainability Appraisal (SA) to identify their likely significant effects and the extent to which implementation of policies will achieve social, economic and environmental objectives.

The Council is committed to producing the following DPDs:

The Local Development Scheme is the timetable for the preparation of DPDs.

The Localism Act makes provision for the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans by communities. Local authorities are required to consider any request from local communities who wish to prepare neighbourhood plans. The Council has agreed to designate a number of Neighbourhood Forums. Further details on Neighbourhood Planning can be found here.

Core Strategy

The Core Strategy is the key Development Plan Document (DPD) with which all other DPDs must be in conformity. It sets out the vision, objectives and spatial strategy for the area and identifies how the Council will meet known and anticipated development requirements to 2027. Planning applications must be determined in accordance with its policies unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Woking Core Strategy can be found here.

Proposals Map

The Council is required to include a Proposals Map in its Local Development Framework, which explains geographically the adopted policies and proposals of Wokings DPDs and the Surrey Minerals and Waste Development Framework. The Proposals Map is classed as a DPD but is not itself subject to independent examination by an Inspector. It will be updated as required when policy designations are adopted. The Proposals Map can be found here.

Development Management Policies DPD

The Development Management Policies DPD sets out detailed policies on various topics such as design, trees, noise, contamination, advertisements and shop fronts. The DPD will help determine day to day planning applications and will facilitate the delivery of Woking Core Strategy 2012. The Development Management Policies DPD is available here.

Site Allocations DPD

The Draft Site Allocations DPD was published in June 2015 for consultation until 5pm on 31 July 2015 (this consultation has now closed). The Site Allocations DPD allocates sites for development to meet Woking Borough's need for homes, jobs, shopping and recreation as outlined in the Core Strategy.

For further information please visit www.woking2027.info

Sustainability Appraisal

The Development Management Policies DPD and Site Allocations DPD are subject to a Sustainability Appraisal, which assesses the extent to which the emerging plans, when judged against reasonable alternatives, will help to achieve relevant environmental, economic and social objectives. The Council consulted on the first stage of the assessment process - the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. The Scoping Report, incorporating amendments following responses from the consultation, can be found here. The Council is now undertaking the next stage of the appraisal, which involves assessing the likely effects of the plans.

Supplementary Planning Documents

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) explain in more detail the application of particular policies set out in DPDs. A number of SPDs and their forerunners Supplementary Planning Guildance (SPGs) provide detail on 1999 Local Plan policies that have been 'saved' for continued use as part of the LDF. Published SPDs include:

The Council will update the Parking Standards SPD in addition to producing the following SPD

Supporting Documents

The Council has also prepared a considerable number of Supporting Documents which relate to the process of preparing and delivering Local Development Documents. These include:

Local Development Scheme

The Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out a programme and timetable for producing Local Development Documents. The current Local Development Scheme was adopted by the Council in February 2016.

Statement of Community Involvement

Public involvement throughout the LDFs development is a key feature of the planning system. The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is a document which sets out when and how people can get involved in the plan-making process and in the consideration of planning applications. The Council's Statement of Community Involvement was adopted 12 February 2015

The Council consulted on the Statement of Community Involvement between 1 July 2014 and 26 August 2014. The results of the public consultation were taken into account when finalising the document to be presented to the Council for approval.

Annual Monitoring Report

The Council is required to monitor implementation of the LDF and update strategy, policies and proposals, if necessary, to ensure successful delivery. An Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) is published at the end of each calendar year.

Research and Evidence Base

A number of research projects have been undertaken by the Council or by consultants in order to inform the preparation of the Local Development Framework and make sure it is supported by a sound evidence base.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council has adopted the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and this came into effect on 1 April 2015. Please refer to The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) pages for further information.