A SIX-week public consultation identifying potential urban and green belt sites for future development in Woking is now underway, and council leaders are urging residents to have their say about the borough they live in.
The recently launched exercise follows approval of the Draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document by the council’s Conservative Executive at its meeting on Thursday, June 4.
The DPD determines possible land for housing, employment and infrastructure to meet the requirements of the Woking Core Strategy, which was adopted in October 2012.
It makes provision for 4,964 additional homes; 93,900sqm of more retail floor space; another 28,000sqm of office space and 20,000sqm of additional warehousing.
The Core Strategy commits the council to allocate specific sites, with delivery of at least 550 more homes between 2022 and 2027. This DPD identifies 52 urban sites for development between its adoption and 2027, and earmarks six green belt sites for release between 2022 and 2027, with another eight safeguarded for future development between 2027 and 2040.
Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy, Councillor Graham Cundy, said: “The Draft Site Allocations DPD is a very important piece of work identifying sites for development in the borough until 2027. We are keen to hear what local people have to say about our proposals.
“While the issues are complex, we have tried hard to present them in a way that residents and businesses can understand. We will also be making staff available during the consultation period to answer questions and give further information where required.
“I would urge residents and businesses to take this opportunity to review the draft DPD and have their say about future development sites within the borough during this consultation period.”
During the consultation, the council’s Planning Policy Team will be out and about at key locations around the borough such as shopping centres, farmers’ market and supermarkets to raise awareness and answer questions face to face. There will also be workshops and meetings with residents’ associations, developers and local businesses.
Once the consultation process is complete, all responses received will be considered before a submission version of the DPD is published for further consultation. The Site Allocation DPD will then be examined by an Independent Government Inspector who will assess whether it is sound before being adopted by the council.