Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018


9.44 Much of the village of Bisley lies within the Thames Basin Heaths SPA 400m buffer zone and as such opportunities for residential development are limited. Development will be primarily through redevelopment of existing sites. Areas of the Heathland extend into the settlement area and adjoin the village green. There are a small number of listed and locally listed buildings. Bisley has limited facilities within the Neighbourhood Parade with parts of the village centre lying outside of the settlement boundary.

9.45 There is limited public transport. Brookwood Station in the neighbouring borough of Woking is the nearest rail station. The A322 divides the settlement area and the village green.

9.46 Coldingley Prison is a category C training Prison in Bisley. The prison currently remains operational.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Bisley

The preferred approach seeks to ensure that new development within Bisley respects and recognises the character of the area by having local area policies that:


  • Ensures development sites that may come forward reflect the character of the area and Green Belt designation around the settlement area
  • Ensures that the gap between Bisley and Knaphill and Woking is maintained
  • Recognises opportunities for rural exception sites
  • Sets out that much of Bisley lies within the 400m SPA buffer zone where no general residential development can be built. Some specialist residential development may be appropriate in this buffer zone.

Employment and Retail

  • Sets out that if during the Local Plan period (2016-2032) Coldingley Prison became available then a Development Brief will be produced for the site. The site is located within 400m of the Thames Basin Heaths SPA and as such general (C3) residential will not be an appropriate use. Recognises there are opportunities for a mix of local employment uses on the site.
  • Ensures that the neighbourhood parade retains retail and other associated uses

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Spaces:
  • Open Space Mainstone Road
  • Open Space Arethusa Way
  • Open Space Angelica Road
  • Open Space, Pilgrims Way
  • Playing Fields, Bisley of E School, Guildford Road
  • Bisley football Club
  • Queens Road Allotments


  • Considers opportunities to improve cycle access to Brookwood Station

Development will also need to have regard to the general polices in the Local Plan and to the Residential Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document.

Alternative Approach to Policies for Bisley

To only rely on the general policies set out in the Local Plan.