Councillors in Woking have approved plans for 86 homes and a care home.

Woking Borough Council’s planning committee approved full planning permission for the scheme put forward by Cala Homes (Thames) and Barchester Healthcare at a 10-acre site off Egley Road, close to Hoe Valley School, at its March 21 meeting.

The scheme comprises a mix of homes from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses, 50 per cent of them affordable. Various tenures include affordable rent, shared ownership and the Government backed First Homes initiative, which offers a discount to first-time buyers.

To achieve a biodiversity net gain, Cala’s pioneering urban wildlife strategy ensures each new home will have a swift brick, bat box, native tree, insect brick and hedgehog hole. All homes will also include electric vehicle charging points and solar panels.

The care home will be a specialist dementia unit, responding to a need identified by the council.

John Richards, land and planning director for Cala Homes, said: “It’s excellent news that the council has taken this important step towards approving our plans for a new neighbourhood in Woking, which will deliver sought after homes and a new care facility for the community.

“We are looking forward to delivering the quality homes that people across Woking and its surrounding areas need as part of a vibrant neighbourhood that will benefit the local community.”

Julian Burgess, land buyer for Barchester Healthcare, said: “Barchester Healthcare are delighted to be working with Cala Homes and to be part of such a well-designed development. We will build a state-of-the-art care home, designed to meet the highest criteria in caring for residents today.

“Barchester are also pleased to have the opportunity to become part of the community locally and look forward to opening our new home in 2025.”

The plans also include highway improvements to Egley Road, including upgrades to existing bus stops, a new refuge island to provide a crossing point and a new footpath to Hoe Valley School.

© Thames Tap (powered by

Sign up to receive our weekly free journal, The Forum here.