core strategy

DELIGHT - councillor Graham Cundy

DELIGHT – councillor Graham Cundy

A COUNCIL framework for how Woking as a borough will evolve over the next 15 years has been declared ‘sound’ by an independent planning inspector.

The policy, also known as Woking 2027, will guide future developments in the town, help outline where jobs will be created, highlights commercial opportunites, and also acts as a template for residential builds and environmental protection.

Andrew Seaman, appointed by the secretary of state to undertake the evaulation, also said that Woking’s core strategy is “legally compliant, subject to modifications, and should be adopted.”

The approval comes as a huge relief to portfolio holder for planning policy councillor Graham Cundy who said the framework could be integrated into council plans as soon as October.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to have such a positive response from the planning inspector to our core strategy.

“The core strategy will now be considered for adoption by council at its meeting in October.

“If adopted, it will form the council’s planning policy framework for managing future development within the area.”

Initial core strategy plans were drawn up in 2010 when residents and local businesses and organisations were consulted on a draft of how the borough should move forward.

The feedback was infused with additional council research before a core strategy document was produced.

This document was subject to further consultation during the summer of 2011, before it was submitted to central Government the following December.

A special public inquiry was conducted earlier this year in which the framework was scrutinsed by Mr Seaman.

But following five days of examination and various consults with key stakeholders, the inspector gave the strategy his support.