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Planning Inspector approves Borough’s future development policy – sad news for Byfleet and West Byfleet

The Byfleets’ Independent Councillors are very disappointed to announce that the Woking Borough Council Site Allocations DPD has today been formally approved by a Government Inspector. This is a planning policy document that identifies future urban and green belt sites for future development.

Following a public examination in December 2019, the Planning Inspector published a number of modifications to the DPD that were publicly consulted upon between September and December 2020.

The Inspector took into account all comments received during the consultation before publishing his final report.

What does this mean for us?

Sadly, this now means that we will potentially lose our precious Green Belt at West Hall (just off the Parvis Road) and up to 555 new houses and 15 traveller pitches will now be built there.As you probably know, your Independent Councillors have campaigned tirelessly to try and prevent this from happening as we feel strongly that any housing need can and should be met by using brownfield sites and by taking into account all of the building that is going on in and around the town centre, when looking at the overall housing need and targets.

We also do not feel that we have the infrastructure to cope with all of the increased traffic that this will generate onto the A245 Parvis Road (as well as the increased demands on the medical centre, sewage system, our local schools etc etc) and the effect on flooding elsewhere, caused by water displacement.We would like to thank everyone who signed our petitions, sent in objections, helped us to deliver leaflets, put up banners, turned out to our drop-in sessions and generally helped us to support our campaign to save our Green Belt at West Hall – we fought very hard and should all feel very proud!The Inspector’s final report, along with his recommended main modifications, can be viewed online by visiting www.woking2027.info/allocations/sadpdexam/sadpdreport

Hard copies of the Inspector’s report are available to view at the Civic Offices.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitors are required to book an appointment by calling 01483 743871 or emailing planning.policy@woking.gov.uk

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