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Woking FC stadium plans rejected

A planning application to build a new stadium for Woking Football Club has been rejected by Woking Borough Council.

The scheme would have seen Woking FC’s ground in the Surrey, UK town expanded to a 9,026-seat stadium – an increase of approximately 3,000 seats from its current capacity.

The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers, but it was overwhelmingly rejected.

The scheme was designed by Leach, Rhodes, Walker architects.

As part of the plans, property developers GolDev Ltd were set to build a new neighbourhood of 1,048 homes.

Over the past year, the application has generated heated debate among residents, councillors and members of South Woking Action Group (SWAG).

SWAG, formed in July 2019, has continued to campaign against the development since it was proposed, previously describing it as a “monstrosity”, and started a petition which gained several hundred signatures.

Image: Leach Rhodes Walker