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Guildford Borough Council

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016 - Part 2: Sites

A51: Land at Cobbetts Close, Worplesdon

POLICY A51: Land at Cobbetts Close, Worplesdon


The site is allocated for 20 Traveller pitches (sui generis)


  • All pitches to be public (tenure), providing affordable accommodation for members of the Traveller community
  • Additional pitches will only be provided as part of a comprehensive redevelopment of this site, and not as a site extension without overall site improvements
  • Comprehensive redevelopment must significantly improve living conditions and infrastructure on site for all residents
  • This specialist accommodation cannot be replaced by traditional bricks and mortar housing, and must remain in perpetuity as Traveller accommodation whilst there remains an identified need for Traveller accommodation in the borough
  • Ancillary buildings must be proportionate in size to the mobile homes and caravans and should be no more than one storey in height
  • Bricks and mortar housing, or any buildings capable of being converted to bricks and mortar housing, are not appropriate and will be resisted on this site
  • Sensitive design, siting and form of development, given the location outside of a village
  • The Council will seek to maintain defensible site boundaries sensitive to the countryside setting, whilst not enclosing the site with hard landscaping, high walls or fences, to an extent that suggests deliberate isolation from the community
  • An application level Habitat Regulations Assessment


  • Traveller sites can often be visually hard landscaped environments, and any attempts to provide soft landscaping would be beneficial
  • Create a site suitable for modern day Traveller lifestyles, providing decent accommodation which helps to improve social outcomes and opportunities for those living here
  • Ease overcrowding on site




Outside of village




Surrey County Council

Area (size)

1.6 ha

Existing use

17 public Traveller pitches (sui generis)

LAA reference

Site 165

Key considerations

  • Achieve improvements to living conditions and infrastructure, and ease overcrowding
  • Boundary treatment
  • Landscaping
  • Tenure

A51 Land at Cobbetts Close, Worplesdon

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