Old Woking Community Centre and Woking College are consulting on a joint venture which will benefit both organisations with plans for extra space for both college and community and combined car parking from both so as to allow the local community to use the college car park and facilities in the evenings and weekends. Please follow this page for the latest updates.
Woking College is a very successful and oversubscribed sixth form college and as such we are experiencing unprecedented demand due to the success of its students and the growth of the school population locally.
Central to the Trust’s vision for the College is its ability to be able provide a place for any student suitably qualified student in Woking who wishes to apply. The current capacity will not allow the College to meet the demand for places as the local population grows.
As a 16-19 Academy permission is needed from the Department for Education for Woking College to be able to add to its student capacity.
An eight-classroom block would allow for the flexibility that the College requires to meet student needs in and outside of lessons including the addition of one of the proposed spaces that will be an independent study space.
The benefits include the following:
a. Increase capacity within the College buildings
b. Alleviate the detrimental impact on students and staff as a result of the lack of capacity and space
c. Start a process to improve the external realm of the college, with pleasant external spaces and additional landscaping.
d. Improve the presence of the College and remove the dominance of cars at the front of the College
e. Enhance the character and appearance of the front of the college site and the surrounding street scene.
Proposals and planning permission
The Full Planning Application for the building was considered by the Woking Borough Planning Committee on 17th March 2020 and planning permission was granted on 19th March 2020.
The proposed building is to be positioned such that it can be constructed without the loss of existing teaching space, and is located on the front car park to provide a better, modernised and more aesthetically pleasing to the frontage aspect to the College. This is currently dominated by a large car park, and the presence of the College is understated for an important community asset in Woking
The design proposes a reconfiguration and softening of the parking at the front of the College with the introduction of a groundscape and planting that gives priority to people walking, and spaces that relate to student and staff use of external spaces.
The parking lost with the construction of the building will be replaced by parking on one of the redundant and poor condition courts to the north of the campus, accessed from the end of the existing parking along the western boundary for the college campus.
Access to the main entrance to the new building will be from the newly created pedestrian friendly spaces. All accesses are at gradients and with thresholds suitable for use by people with limited mobility.
There are proposed enhancements to the parking and spaces around the building, including the introduction of pedestrian priority external spaces, landscaping and tree planting to soften the frontage of the college.
Local secondary schools, Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, and the local community (via the Old Woking Community Centre notice board and their Facebook page) will all be consulted on the above proposals. This document will also appear on the College website.
A meeting will be held at the College at 5pm on Thursday 8th July 2021 if you wish to discuss these plans in person with Brett Freeman the Principal of the College.
If you would like to attend the meeting above or have any questions or issues you would like to raise please email the College at email@example.com by 2pm on Friday 2nd July
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Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road
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Office Hours are generally 9am to 12pm Mondays to Fridays
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