The residents of Sheerwater have been successful in making their recreation land a Community Value Asset (LCA).
The new status means that the land off Blackmore Crescent will benefit from additional protection for the next five years.
Woking Borough Council rules state that residents “have the right to be able to designate certain local public or private buildings or land as an asset of community value.”
Groups and organizations can nominate land or property that they believe “contributes to social welfare or the interests of the local community,” the council said.
The nomination, made by the Sheerwater Residents’ Association, was submitted on July 21.
The Borough Council is the freehold owner of the recreation land and the Woking Athletics Club has a leasehold interest in the athletics track.
The park, used by residents, Sheerwater FC, Sheerwater Youth FC, Woking Athletics Club and Surrey Wheels for All, has been marked for development as part of the Borough Council’s Sheerwater Regeneration Project.
A planning request submitted by New Vision Homes, and approved in July, includes development on the athletic track.
In the request, the residents’ association said the land had “from at least 1961 onwards provided open space for formal and informal recreation in many forms and, due to its size, has the potential for ‘host larger short-term events such as fairs and festivals’.
The decision on the LCA application, taken by the Borough Council’s strategic asset manager, Ian Tomes, concludes: the application for registration as an asset of community value meets the definition set out in the law and is therefore accepted.
Mount Hermon Councilor David Bittleston, Deputy Head of Borough Council, said: “Woking is very committed to providing open spaces and play areas for the community.
“Personally, I don’t think the current layout of the Sheerwater space is particularly good.
Cllr Bittleston confirmed that he did not support the request made by the residents.