Here are some of the latest and most important planning applications taking place in Knaphill, including Lorenzo’s and the Anchor Pub. Don’t forget to have your say by visiting the planning section on the Woking Borough Council website.
LORENZO UNIT 1&2. 5 High Street – The application to convert the premises into a funeral directors business has been approved.
4 ANCHOR CRESCENT (space above library) – Planning application to convert storage space into 4 apartments, 3 one bedroom + 1 studio. ref PLAN/2018/0515.
SUSSEX COURT, High Street – The owner of the land at the rear of the apartments applied to build two bungalows on the site, and WBC rejected this. The owner has now appealed against that decision.
ANCHOR PUB – WBC have just issued the final decision notice to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Anchor pub site. It will contain 8 x self-contained residential units (3 x two bed & 5 x one bed), with the retention of A3 (restaurant/café) and A4 (drinking establishment) site uses. The commercial premises approved shall not open to customers outside of the following hours. Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 11.00 pm, Saturday 10.00 am to 11.30 pm and Sunday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. If the developer wanted to change the use of the commercial space, say to shops, he would have to submit an application to amend the current agreement.
The biggest concern the KRA had was the lack of parking; the last drawings we saw had only 5 parking bays for 8 residential units. The decision notice does not go into any detail on parking all it says is “Prior to first occupation of the development hereby approved, space shall be laid out within the site in accordance with the approved plans listed in this notice for vehicles to be parked and to turn so that they may enter and leave the site in forward gear and thereafter the parking and turning areas shall be permanently retained and maintained for their designated purpose.”