A new planning application has been made by McLaren. Any views you wish to make on the proposal must be in writing. They may be submitted online, by letter or via email (email@example.com) to the case officer by 13th January 2014. Please help to record your response by quoting ‘PLAN/2013/1299‘. Letters received outside this period will be taken into account if a decision has not already been made.
There has been some speculation recently following articles in the press regarding the new McLaren development to the left of the A320 on the way into Woking. We would reiterate that the McLaren development has been granted outline permission only by Woking Borough Council and we will advise members when a detailed planning application is submitted.
A large portion of the Green Belt in Woking may be lost to a scheme by racing car manufacturer McLaren to build a 64,000 sqm industrial complex on the eastern side of the A320 Chertsey Road.
The land that McLaren has earmarked is previously undeveloped agricultural/horticultural land opposite the company's present HQ site and the proposed building would be approximately as large as their current two facilities combined.
McLaren's supporters argue that the benefits outlined by the applicant would outweigh the harm to the Green Belt. CPRE does not agree that "very special circumstances" apply, and has lodged our objections to the borough council. At the same time, McLaren is forming a partnership with GSK to run a training facility for staff in what was initially intended to be a museum and visitor centre on the original site.
The significant increase in traffic that would be generated by these two projects combined is of great concern to us, not only because of the road congestion but also the close proximity to Horsell Common, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
While office space remains empty and other employment land is unoccupied, CPRE does not believe the Green Belt should be build on to meet targets set prior to the current downturn in the economy.
Written by Barbara Beck (CPRE)
(Reproduced with the author's permission)
The McLaren application was last night approved by the Woking Borough Council planning committee for recommendation to the Secretary of State by 8 votes to 2. Details of any further steps that may be taken will be posted onto the website.
A quick reminder that the Planning Committee meeting this evening at the Woking Borough Council offices will be discussing the new Mclaren outline planning application. A representative from the CPRE will be speaking against the development on behalf of their members and the local community. Please show your support by attending the meeting this evening at 7pm.
A planning committee meeting at Woking Borough Council is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday 10th January 2012 during which the outline planning application by McLaren will be considered. The application is recommended for approval although Runnymede Borough Council, the Ottershaw Society and members of the public have issued strong objections to the application. The meeting is open to members of the public to view and the viewing gallery can be accessed from the entrance opposite the cinema to the Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL. As well as being green belt we would remind members that we are already seeing an increase in the amount of traffic on the Guildford Road and more lorries at night. Apart from being a 'rat run' anyway, Brox Road is the only diversion if the Ottershaw part of the A320 is closed for any reason e.g.: accidents, trees down, snow/ice, burst water mains, HGV breakdown etc. We would urge residents to attend this meeting to show their objection to this development. The following link provides some further insight however please be aware that this is for information only and the contents of this link have not been verified.