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Please help ensure the Council make the right decision about the future of Woking FC, it’s role in our community and the need for more high quality homes in the Borough.

Woking is faced with a once-in-a-lifetime chance for transformational change. Residents of Woking want regeneration and want to put our town and football club on the map. Please sign our form to urge Woking Council’s Planning Committee to approve plans for Woking Community Stadium regeneration. This project will: 

  • Secure a bright and ambitious long term future for Woking FC
  • Significantly boost local economy
  • Provide green infrastructure including 1000 bicycle spaces and be completely Electric Vehicle (EV) enabled
  • Deliver landscaped and attractive public spaces
  • Provide a new medical centre capable of serving over 14,000 patients
  • Generate new jobs and business opportunities
  • Provide a sustainable platform for Woking FC’s award winning community outreach and engagement across the town

The planning application for Woking Community Stadium was formally submitted on 2nd December 2019 and we expect a decision from the Council in early 2020. It is time to stand up for our town, community and club, and demand the progress most of us seem to agree is wanted and needed.

Please fill in the attached form to urge Woking Council to approve the regeneration plans. We will send it to the Council including the relevant Ward Councillors and add your name to our petition in support of the scheme.

NOTIFY YOUR COUNCIL

  • Dear Mr Bailey,

    Re: PLAN/2019/1176 (Kingfield Rd) and PLAN/2019/1177 (Egley Rd)

    I refer to the planning applications to redevelop the Woking Community Stadium for a new 9,026 capacity football ground, medical centre for 14,400 patients, new homes and a brand new David Lloyd Centre.
    I am writing in support of these proposals which will provide a new sustainable home for Woking FC, secure its long term future and enable it to attract new investment. Woking is the 8th most expensive place for housing in the UK and the provision of 468 affordable units in this development is desperately needed. I welcome the placemaking which will make this a new destination for the wider Woking community and the proposed new medical centre that will help to reduce waiting lists in the local community and provide a much needed boost to local medical services infrastructure.
    Please let me know the date the planning applications are being reported to committee.
    Yours truly

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The Vision: Woking Community Stadium​

Kingfield Stadium needs an upgrade. It is in poor condition and increasingly costly to maintain. The Woking Community Stadium will give the club the platform it needs to unlock its potential to achieve its vision. Under this proposal, Kingfield will become Woking Community Stadium, a 9,026 seat stadium on the same site that has been home to Woking FC for almost 100 years.

The new stadium is designed to create a sense of community and be a source of pride to all residents of Woking, and in doing so, secure the club’s future. It will also deliver the best proposed in class community facilities and much needed housing for Woking by regenerating an underutilised and dilapidated site. It will put Woking on the map and create a destination of which to be proud including a major new medical centre that will significantly reduce waiting times in the wider area.

What are the benefits for the local community?

 

The new stadium’s facilities can be used by the community year-round: regardless of whether a game is on or not, rain, or shine. The development will include:

  • multi-purpose facilities including retail and business spaces,
  • leisure activities,
  • a new medical centre, with a capacity for 14,400 patients,
  • a dedicated bike space in every flat,
  • every parking space will have an electric vehicle charging point, 
  • a variety of landscaped public spaces.

Not only will this development create new jobs and business opportunities, strengthening the local economy, it will also regenerate the stadium into a destination in and of itself, strengthening Woking’s sense of community.

What are the benefits for the fans?

 

Our supporters are the lifeblood of our club. Their passion, love and commitment make Woking FC a uniquely welcoming family club. The Woking Community Stadium is our opportunity to give something back to our fans. The new stadium will increase comfort, convenience and choice for all fans on matchdays. Alongside modern facilities, the design will reflect the history and heritage that matters most to supporters, ensuring it feels like home.

The stands will be as close to the pitch as possible and there will be standing terraces behind both goals. The low, enclosed stadium roof will shelter all supporters from the elements and keep in the noise to create a great atmosphere inside the stadium. All public concourses will be under cover, with facilities conveniently positioned a short distance from the terraces. Every supporter will enjoy an unobstructed view of the pitch.

We will work closely with supporters to get the character and environment right, so matchdays have a vibrant atmosphere unique to Woking FC.

What are the benefits for Woking FC?

The existing stadium is no longer fit for purpose and we  do not have the money to carry out the repair work needed to maintain the existing stands. We survive on a threadbare budget; ultimately relying on volunteers and good will. The club can no longer rely on handouts to survive. 

The football club has been losing money for years and this plan will put us in a sound financial footing. 

The Woking Community Stadium project has always been driven by the need to achieve a sustainable operating business plan for the club. The new stadium will increase attendance, grow revenue and improve the competitiveness of Woking FC. Most importantly, it will give Woking FC the facilities it needs to grow on and off the pitch at Kingfield, the club’s home for almost 100 years.

Does Woking FC get involved in the Community?

 

While the football performances are renowned, there is another side to the club, which has also achieved national recognition – the diverse and multifaceted ‘Woking in the Community’ programme. When newcomers first hear of the breadth and impact of the club’s activities they can hardly believe that one organisation accomplishes so much.

Woking FC’s work in the community far outstrips many teams in the higher echelons of the Football League. We strive for excellence, prioritise developing people, particularly those on the margins and facing significant life challenges. We are fully committed to community cohesion through promoting inclusion, diversity and equality.

Our vision is clear. From a foundation as a successful professional football club in Woking we will continually develop and improve our service to the local community.

 

What activities are currently organised using the stadium?

 

Here is the list of just a few activities organised at the stadium:

  • Junior Citizens – reaches every primary school in the area including those with learning difficulties and mental wellbeing issues. Children from local schools visit the club over a three week period to learn the importance of water safety, internet safety, fire danger, stranger danger, good citizenship.
  • Maths of the Day – KS2 children come to the club to learn maths in a different and fun way.
  • Mum’s football – Weekly training session for mums who want to play football in a fun environment.
  • Chaplaincy team – Providing a pastoral support network for players, management, academy and youth, fans and staff at the club – a network of hundreds.
  • Work Experience – Our Community department takes on 10-12 students per Year. They gain experience in general office duties and coaching within schools.
  • Christmas Project – to fundraise and organise the players and management visiting the children’s wards in the 2 local hospitals.

What other community activities are planned after regeneration?

 

The modern multi-purpose facilities at the Woking Community Stadium will enable Woking FC to develop, expand and improve the services we provide to the community. Here’s a list of activities that give an example of the types of community activities we could organise after the regeneration of the stadium:

  • Busy Lizzy Baby and Toddler Classes
  • Pain Management classes with St Peters Hospital
  • Community Bridge Club
  • Catalyst Drug & Alcohol services
  • Military Veterans meetings
  • Regular Blood Transfusion Service sessions
  • MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression) – children’s services and how to restrain children
  • Surrey County Council Children services
  • Police Dog Training

What are the plans for the new Medical Centre?

 

The brand new medical centre will accommodate up to 14,400 patients.

A specialist consultant has now been appointed to start engaging with local doctors and the NHS. Interest has already been expressed from a group practice.

The medical centre will not only meet the needs of the development, it will also serve the wider Woking community and reduce waiting lists.

What will the new neighbourhood look like?

 

The Woking Community Stadium project is being developed by Woking Football Club and experienced property developers GolDev Ltd. 

To make the Woking Community Stadium a reality, we will be building a new neighbourhood of 1,026 homes at Kingfield that will be offered to Woking residents first. This new neighbourhood, called Cardinal Court, will include 468 new affordable homes which is compliant with the council’s policy.

Woking Football Club will be at the heart of this new neighbourhood, with the new stadium creating a social hub for the whole community and making Cardinal Court a vibrant destination for people to live, work and play. All the community facilities will be connected via attractive avenues, landscaped public spaces and inviting arrival points to modern, high-quality apartment buildings.

Only 23% of the site will be covered by residential buildings and where the site adjoins streets, the heights are modulated to respond to the buildings opposite.

How will Parking and Vehicular access be managed?

 

Residential parking on site will have 855 spaces which is policy compliant with Woking Borough Councils standards. Most of the parking will be underground and every space will have access to an electric vehicle charging point. The layout of the new development has been designed so that access to all the residential parking will be from two separate entrances on Westfield Avenue.

Vehicular access has been separated from service and delivery access. This means that the roads around the stadium will be largely car-free other than:

  • Match days before and after the match which will be managed by the club.
  • Occasional deliveries of large items such as furniture and appliances, etc. 
  • People going to the medical centre and stadium (e.g. grounds care staff) on non-match days.

Arrivals at the site will be managed by a new concierge facility. This will manage visitors and delivery functions. It will also house a cycle hub facility. It will serve as an arrival and management point for visitors. On match days it will also provide support for the football club.

There will be dedicated taxi bays next to the concierge and there will be car club facilities around the development. 

What will happen to David Lloyd club?

 

David Lloyd Leisure have agreed to relocate from Kingfield to Egley Road, behind Wyevale Garden Centre and Hoe Valley School, where they will provide a new Health and Racquet Club offering a broader range of high-quality facilities. They recognised that this created a unique opportunity to develop a new, state-of-the-art club at an excellent location, that would enable much-improved access and the latest in health and fitness innovation. The new David Lloyd Woking will provide a purpose-built club to include:

  • Indoor and outdoor tennis courts
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Spas and saunas, including a luxurious Spa Garden
  • State of the art gym facilities
  • Four dedicated fitness studios
  • Multi-purpose Sports Hall
  • Multi-sport and social clubs
  • Adult and Junior tennis leagues
  • Bar, restaurant and TV lounge
  • A Clubroom with adults only and family areas, along with a business hub
  • Children’s homework areas
  • Games rooms and soft play areas
  • Crèche facilities
  • Dedicated children’s activity areas

Alongside the new David Lloyd Woking, 36 high quality new family houses homes will be built at Egley Road. A mix of 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes will be provided, all with private gardens and accessible from a new tree lined private driveway.

The existing woodland on the site will be preserved and will form a natural, managed and accessible green buffer between existing homes and the new homes and the leisure facilities proposed for this site.

The Woking Community Stadium project is being developed by Woking Football Club and experienced property developers GolDev Ltd. GolDev Woking  Limited is a joint venture between GolDev Ltd and Dukelease. Woking Football Club Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales (Company number: 03329172). Registered office The Laithwaite Community Stadium, Kingfield, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9AA. GolDev Woking Limited is Registered in England and Wales (Company no. 11339840). Registered Office: 73 Cornhill, London, United Kingdom, EC3V 3QQ.

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