Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

West End

9.60 The main village of West End is focussed around the A322 with Donkey Town located to the west of the main village. A Village Design Statement Supplementary Planning Document has been adopted for West End.

9.61 The majority of the reserve housing site in West End has now been granted planning permission and development has commenced on parts of this site. The site currently lies in Countryside beyond the Green Belt and it is proposed to extend the settlement boundary to include the site. This is to ensure a strong settlement boundary to this area of West End.

9.62 West End Common forms a large part of West End and much of the Common is used as military ranges. The Common forms part of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA and areas of West End lies within the Thames Basin Heaths SPA 400m buffer zone and as such opportunities for residential development are limited.

9.63 There is close proximity between West End and Bisley and the gap between these areas should be maintained.

9.64 Some countryside areas are affected by flooding from the Trulley Brook.

9.65 West End has a Neighbourhood Parade which is located in Gosden Road, although there are also some services located at the junction of the High Street, Streets Heath and the A322 Guildford Road.

9.66 West End is served by limited public transport. The nearest train station is Brookwood.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for West End

The preferred approach seeks to ensure that new development within West End respects and recognises the character of the area by having local area policies that:

Housing

  • Amends the settlement boundary of West End to include the West End reserve site
  • Ensures development sites that may come forward reflect the character of the areas of West End and Green Belt designation around the settlement areas
  • Recognises opportunities for rural exception sites

Employment and Retail

  • Ensures that the Neighbourhood Parade retains retail and other associated uses

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Open Space, Bolding House Lane
  • Open Space Rosewood Way
  • Land at Brentmoor road
  • Allotments, Windlesham Road
  • Allotments, Chobham Road
  • Parish recreation ground Benner Lane

Transport

  • Considers opportunities to improve cycle access to Woking

Development will also need to have regard to the general polices in the Local Plan and to the Residential Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document and to the West End Village Design Statement Supplementary Planning Document.

Alternative Approach to Policies for West End

To only rely on the general policies set out in the Local Plan.