A significant element of the Development Plan for Woking has been found ‘sound and legally compliant’ by a planning inspector, subject to modifications.
The site allocations development plan document (DPD) which helps the council deliver its core strategy, identifies urban and Green Belt sites for future housing, employment and infrastructure.
Following public examination in December 2019, the inspector published a number of modifications to the DPD that were publicly consulted upon between September and December 2020.
Cllr Gary Elson, Woking Borough Council’s portfolio holder for planning policy, said: “After a long and complex process, we are extremely pleased that the planning inspector has found our site allocations DPD ‘sound and legally compliant’, subject to a number of modifications.
“This is a significant step towards the adoption of the DPD, which will provide a positive framework for the future sustainable development of the borough until 2027 and safeguards land to meet future development needs between 2027 and 2040.
“During the process we received thousands of representations from local residents, businesses and key stakeholders. Throughout we have taken great care to listen and respond to concerns and, where justified, we have adapted our proposals.
“The inspector’s final report, along with his recommended modifications, are now available for public inspection and I would encourage residents and interested parties to take the opportunity to read its key findings.”
It is expected to be presented to the council for adoption later this year.
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