Planning update 12/11/13


Woking Borough Council’s Planning Committee approved the final planning application for the extension to Sainsbury’s in Redding Way less than 24 hours before the store reopened.



Discharge of conditions 18 and 25 of PLAN/2011/0160

Sainsbury’s Redding Way, Knaphill

This was a very technical planning application in connection with plant such as refrigerator plant and extractor fans fitted to the outside of the building and unfortunately technical information was still being produced by consultants to Sainsbury’s up and until the date of the Planning Committee meeting. One of the major points argued in the Planning Committee was the fact that insufficient time had been given to members of the Planning Committee to take on board all relevant information. Head of Planning pushed members to make a decision and not, has had been proposed, defer making a decision for a later meeting thus giving all those involved more time to monitor the noise profile of all the new plant that had been built into the building.

Although our Ward Councillors voted for a deferment they did not have the support of sufficient Councillors on the Planning Committee. The first vote was tied therefore the chairman had the casting vote and as he had already voted against a deferment he stood firm and the deferment was rejected and on a second vote the Council’s Planning Committee approved the plans.


New primary school on land at Brookwood Farm, Coresbrook Way, Knaphill

This application contains more details of the actual building and the landscaping around the school. The new school, which will be linked to Brookwood School, will accommodate 8 key stage two classes, (240 pupils). One of the main concerns remains the impact the new school will have on the traffic on the A322, Bagshot Road. The new building will be behind the Telephone Exchange.

Comment: Seven local residents have commented on this application and their main concern is flooding. This area is subject to flooding and residents are concerned that the new building will have a significant impact on the natural flow of water.



New footpath and canal bridge.

To link the new school building to the school on Connaught Road Surrey County Council plan for a new bridge to cross the canal, at the rear of the Connaught Road school, to a footpath that will go across the Country Park to the new school building on Brookwood Farm.

Comment: This application has raised a number of concerns from local residents and to date 17 residents have submitted letters to the Council. Natural England has also submitted an objection on the grounds that there is insufficient information to determine if the application is likely to damage the interests for which Basingstoke Canal has been notified.



Demolition of a former library building and redevelopment with 9 residential units comprising of

3 X 2B3P flats and 6 X 1B2P flats and memorial garden. 20 High Street, Knaphill


The initial plans have been withdrawn.


Convert a block of offices into 8 one bedroom flats

Highclere House, 5 High Street, Knaphill


A planning application has been submitted to convert Highclere House from offices into flats, this is the building next to Head Hunters, the hairdressers.


Variation of condition 6 to PLAN/1985/0686, Total (now ESSO) petrol station, 23 High Street.

Currently the petrol station and associated shop have opening hours of 07.00 to 23.00 hrs. The application was to be allowed to open from 06.00 to midnight.

In July the Planning Committee rejected this application but the owners have now lodged an appeal.

Appeal reference APP/A3655/A/13/2203626



Proposed demolition of existing outbuilding and replacement with a detached 3 bedroom dwelling.

22A High Street, Knaphill

This is the site at the rear of the take-away and the old library.

The application was rejected by the Planning Officer, delegated responsibility, however the owners have appealed the decision and we must await the decision of a Planning Inspector.

Architects on behalf of the developer has pointed out to the Planning Inspector, in their final comments, that the Local Council did not refer to any parking or highways issues in the notice of rejection of the original application. Unfortunately that is a true statement, yet another example of the County’s Highway Authority ignore the actual facts on parking in Knaphill.

Appeal reference APP/A3655/A/13/2199725


Erection of a two bedroom detached dwelling in the grounds of 48 Lower Guildford Road.

This application has been rejected by the Planning Officer on the grounds that the proposed development would result in an incongruous overdevelopment of the site.


Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuildings and erection of 4, 4 bedroom houses with garages, access, parking, bin storage, landscaping.

41 Highclere Road


Revised plans have been submitted at the time of writing this report the revised plans are still being examined.


Change of use from A1/A2 (retail or office) to A3 restaurant and café and A5 hot food takeaway including internal alterations and installation of new filtered extract system.

8, Anchor Crescent, Knaphill


These are the premises last used by Garrett, solicitors.

Do we need another food outlet?

The KRA has submitted a letter of objection.





Proposed extensions and alterations to existing bungalow to include raising of the ridgeline to accommodate the creation of additional storey at first floor level plus the erection of front porch canopy.

38 Lane End Drive



Alterations to PLAN/2012/0700

ALPHA hospital, Rose Lodge, Barton Close


Fox Inn, Guildford Road, Bisley

Although this is outside Knaphill I thought you may like to know that Surrey Heath Council has given developers permission to knock down the old inn and build a 62 bedroom care home. If you want more details please go to the Surrey Heath web site. The reference number for this development is 13/0046.


The Meadows, Bagshot Road, Knaphill

The former hospital building has now closed and the premises are on the market to be sold by auction. The building is described as a 24 bed care home built in 1966 and it is for sale as existing use or residential development subject to planning approval.

If you have any questions or points on the above please feel free to contact the KRA.


Phil Stubbs


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