Woking Borough Council Core Strategy - 20-12-2011

The following is a message from Ernest Amoako, Planning Policy Manager at Woking Borough Council:

We would like to notify you that Woking Borough Council has submitted the Core Strategy Publication Document and all other Submission Documents prescribed by Regulations 30 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 16 December 2011 for Independent Examination. 

All of the following Submission Documents are available on our website www.woking2027.info

Please contact the Planning Policy team if you would like a paper copy of any or all of the documents.
 
The Core Strategy will determine the scale of development in the Borough until 2027, where the development will broadly be located and the quality that the development will be expected to achieve. It will also set the framework for protecting the environment of the area.
 
Copies of the Core Strategy Publication Document and the other Submission Documents are available for inspection at the following venues:  
Please see www.surreycc.gov.uk for the addresses of the libraries and note the temporary relocation of Woking library.  Please see Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council website for dates of bank holiday closure.
 
I would like to particularly draw your attention to the Schedule of Proposed Changes that the Council proposes to make is response to representations received during the consultation to the Core Strategy Publication Document, the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Proposals Map.  Also note that the Council has published a Consultation Statement in accordance with Regulations 30 (1) (d) as part of the Submission Documents.
 
The Core Strategy is informed by a comprehensive evidence base.  A full list of the evidence base is set out below with hyperlinks to the online documents: www.woking.gov.uk/planning/policy/ldfresearch
 
The Core Strategy is informed by a comprehensive evidence base.  A full list of the evidence base is set out below with hyperlinks to the online documents. 
 
Self Assessment
·         Self Assessment of the Conformity of the Core Strategy Publication Document with National and Regional policy, Woking and Surrey Sustainable Community Strategies and the Key Priorities of the Council          
·         Self Assessment of Tests of soundness and Legal Requirements                                  
Local Plan, SCI and SPD
·         Parking Standards SPD
·         Statement of Community Involvement
·         Woking Borough Local Plan 1999
Evidence base
·         Annual Monitoring Reports (2010)
·         Biodiversity & Planning in Surrey
·         Character Study
·         Climate Change and Decentralised, Renewable and Low Carbon Evidence Base
·         Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)
·         Economic Viability Assessment
·         Employment Land Review (ELR) (made up of Employment Position Paper and Market Appraisal
·         Equalities Impact Assessment (EIA)
·         Green Spaces Development Plan
·         Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment
·         Habitats Regulations Assessment
·         Heritage of Woking
·         Housing Land Supply Position Statement
·         Housing Topic Paper
·         Open Space, Sports and Recreation Facilities Audit
·         Pitch Strategy
·         Population Paper
·         Public Art Strategy
·         Social and Community Facilities Audit
·         Strategic Access Management and Monitoring (SAMM) Tariff Guidance
·         Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
·         Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2011
·         Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
·         Surrey Hotel Futures
·         Surrey Infrastructure Capacity Study
·         Surrey Transport Assessment
·         Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area Avoidance Strategy
·         The Surrey Transport Plan (Local Transport Plan Third Edition)
·         Town, District and Local Centres Study
·         Transport and Accessibility Topic Paper
·         Woking Community Strategy
 
You attention is also drawn to the evidence which supported the South East Plan.  The main online archive of information is found at:   http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20100908090945/http://www.southeast-ra.gov.uk/seplan.html
 
 
Further very detailed information can be found by following the link on this page to “technical supporting information”.
 
It is expected that an Independent Planning Inspector will be appointed by the Secretary of State to undertake an Examination of the Core Strategy. All representations made to the Core Strategy Publication Document, the Sustainability Appraisal Report and the Proposals Map have been sent to the Secretary of State for consideration. Hard copies of these documents can be inspected at the Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking on Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.45pm. 
 
The Inspector will determine whether a public hearing is necessary, when that is likely to be and who should be invited to attend to give evidence. The Inspectorate has indicated that it is normal practice for the Independent Examination to be help either 10 weeks or 14 weeks after the submission of the Core Strategy depending on whether the Inspector wish to have a Pre-Examination Hearing. This should give you an idea about when the Independent Examination is likely to be held.  For further information regarding the Examination procedure, please visit www.planningportal.gov.uk
 
For further information on the Core Strategy Publication Document and the other Submission Documents, please contact the Planning Policy Team by email planning.policy@woking.gov.uk look at our website www.woking2027.info or on 01483 743871.