AN INDEPENDENT green belt review, commissioned by the council, has caused a stir in Hook Heath.
Residents and businesses are now being urged to make their views known to help shape the future development of the area.
Letters are being delivered this week to more than 720 addresses within the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum catchment, alerting residents to the opportunity to provide feedback on policies which will feature in a draft Neighbourhood Plan to be distributed later this year.
Chairman of the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum, Peter Hill, said: “The recent publication of the green belt review, commissioned by the council, and the potential loss of green belt south of the Hook Heath escarpment to massive housing development, underlines the importance of a community-led Neighbourhood Plan.”
He explained that the plan was being taken forward by a steering group, and that ‘excellent progress’ had been made over the past few months in developing the policies which will be at the heart of their proposals.
“It would not have been possible without the support, input and interest of those who live and work in Hook Heath,” Mr Hill added. “By autumn this year we expect to have taken the plan to the point where feedback from residents on the proposed policies is important to us.
“This is a vital part of the consultation exercise. We want people to provide us with their views so that we can amend the document, where appropriate, before we submit the final version to Woking Borough Council.”
A paper copy of the initial draft plan will be distributed to every household and business in the area, and it will also feature at www.hhra.co.uk/hookheathforum, where there will be a facility for providing feedback.