IMPORTANT UPDATE: WOKING FC AND HOUSING APPLICATION NOW IN!
GOLDEV WOKING HAVE NOW SUBMITTED THEIR APPLICATION FOR:
- 9026 CAPACITY FOOTBALL GROUND.
- 1048 FLATS AROUND THE STADIUM.
- 36 HOUSES AT EGLEY ROAD.
- RE-SITED DAVID LLOYD HEALTH CENTRE AT EGLEY ROAD.
- MEDICAL CENTRE.
- CONCIERGE BUILDING
- 855 PARKING SPACE
- CAR-SHARE SCHEME
Deadline for objections is JANUARY 10TH by email or written letter.
PLAN REFERENCES (N/B TWO SEPARATE REFERENCES)
- PLAN/2019/1176 Kingfield Road
- PLAN/2019/1177 Egley Road
You can search for the above on Woking Borough Council website https://woking.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/review-or-comment-application
1. SEND A LETTER / EMAIL OF OBJECTION
We have been informed by the planning committee that every letter of objection does help and can influence the outcome if they far outnumber the support. They are most responsive to individual letters, not templated responses, focused on formal planning contradictions only. Goldev have been defeated before and just recently https://nobrookgreen.co.uk/2019/06/13/brook-green-appeal-dismissed/
If YOU can recruit at least 10 friends, family and colleagues to write and do the same, we will in a position to send 1000s of letters. Football fans are currently being invited to sign support cards and show their support on an online form, so they obviously have the club as a means of rallying a petition of support.
Whilst we welcome investment in Woking FC and the local community, we firmly believe that the Goldev Woking’s proposal is not in the best interests of the local community of 7k residents, or the long-term viability of Woking FC or the borough as a whole.
WHY DO WE OBJECT:
- The council are loaning a private developer £250m of council-tax payers money to a developer with no assets nor the appropriate experience of building anything of this scale.
- The proposal is over-developed for an out of town residential area and represents a permanent change in the character of the entire area.The extreme height and density is unprecedented for the area and contradicts a number of Woking’s own and national planning regulations.
- If planning is granted, this development will set a new precedent in terms of density and height, a new ‘norm’ for out of town sites such as St John’s, Horsell, Send etc.
- The extreme housing is being justified to fund the stadium regeneration. We do not believe this is the only solution to fund the club and the thriving local community should not be expected to ‘pay’ for it. A phased development of Woking FC stands has been proposed by SWAG and if housing is necessary, then a Willow Reach style development would be more appropriate than scale and type of dwellings proposed.
- David Lloyd has 3k active members and is a community asset in itself. It is recently refurbished and the only rationale to move it is to allow the developer to build more housing on the site.
- Parking and impact on local roads: This proposal, which could see 9k stadium attendees for sport, music events etc and 2k plus extra residents in the area will have a significant impact on the number of cars for residents and ‘fans’ using the roads to park and drive, which are already heavily over-subscribed.
- The proposed retail and medical centre are built inside the football stadium. By removing these, the costs for the development would be significantly decreased, thus reducing the housing.
- Whilst a medical centre would be welcome, it is not appropriate to house this on the first floor of a football stadium with insufficient parking and access.
- Woking FC shares will be owned by the developer during construction which is listed as a 10yr period. He is not a football fan and this cannot be in the best interests of the club. According to the business plan published, there will also not be funds available to afford full-time players once the stadium is built, so what with maintenance of a stadium of this size, long-term financial viability is not confirmed.
- Access for all construction etc is said to be Loop Road.
2. JOIN US, ‘SOUTH WOKING ACTION GROUP’ AT OUR NEXT MEETING: JAN 4TH – 10AM – OLD WOKING COMMUNITY CENTRE
Opportunity to re-group, ask questions, receive guidance on how to object before the imminent deadline of January 10th.
We will be in touch shortly with guidance on how to object, on what planning grounds and who to object to.
Thank you for your continued support.
3. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
- LEAFLETING – We’d so welcome as many volunteers as possible to leaflet next week and also the week before our meeting on January 10th. We also need someone to offer help put a leafleting plan together and manage the distribution of them. We are proposing to print run of 10k, to include local schools and commuters in early Jan, some in local neighborhoods such as Horsell and St Johns.
- MARKETING ASSISTANCE: To lend expertise and assistance with ideas to spread the word and engage with press using our approved assets and news stories
We would be so very grateful for anything you can spare to contribute towards our #WHYNOTWORKING campaign, which highlights the thoughts of residents in the borough to Woking FC/ Cardinal Court’s #WHTNOTWOKING.
We have set up a crowdfunding page for South Woking Action Group to raise much needed funds for printing, paid social media and local adverts, legal and expert independent advice.
The SWAG Committee