Berkeley Homes named as developer for key Camberley sites

From a press release by Surrey Heath B.c. on 27th February,

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced that Berkeley Homes has been awarded the contract to redevelop Ashwood House and Pembroke House in Camberley.

ashwood-house-early-designAshwood House occupies a key site on Pembroke Broadway in Camberley town centre, and was acquired by SHBC in 2015 to facilitate its future development. The upper floors of the building will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation, comprising around 100 flats, subject to planning permission.

Simultaneously, Berkeley Homes will redevelop Pembroke House, located on Frimley Road. The scheme has the potential to offer around 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission, providing affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses. Following a full procurement process, Berkeley Homes has been named as the successful bidder for both schemes.

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Moira Gibson, said: “The redevelopment of Ashwood House and Pembroke House are priorities for the Council, to continue with the regeneration of Camberley town centre and surrounds.“We are pleased to have appointed Berkeley Homes, whose proven track record, well-considered proposals, and expertise aligns with the Council’s town centre delivery objectives.”

Chris Gilbert, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes Southern Division, said: “We are extremely proud to be involved in Surrey Heath Borough Council’s vision for Camberley. Our experience in this kind of redevelopment project means we will deliver much needed housing to the council’s plans, with homes for local people and additional retail facilities.”

Likely planning application for housing at Windlemere Golf Club

It really is amazing what one turns up when Googling.

Windlemere Golf Club in West End is a 9-hole golf course and driving range open to the public. It appears that the club closed at the end of December 2016. The document I found is an Archaeological Assessment of the land for housing on Windlemere Golf Club. The club house and associated buildings will be demolished to make way for three houses.

You can view the document below, I’ve also taken a screen grab from the document of the likely planning application. [Click on image to expand]


Proposals for a garden village at Fairoaks Airport

The owners of Fairoaks Airport say that it is unprofitable, and independent assessors say it’s future is not sustainable.

fairoaks-garden-village-proposalNaturally, the recourse always seems to be to sell and convert into housing. One slight difference this time, the owners want to create a garden village. In this they have the support of local councils. Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the garden village proposal in a press release, to which they have attached the two documents shown below [Click on image to expand]. I’ll follow up with details of the consultation,

Wednesday, 8 February, 2017: In 2016 Surrey Heath Borough Council submitted to the Homes and Communities Agency an Expression of Interest for a Garden Village bid at Fairoaks Airport. Previously this information was classed as ‘exempt’, ie not made public, as the landowners had not made their intentions for the site public.

As the landowners have now made their decision public, including holding a meeting with Chobham Parish Council, and the planned Community Planning Weekend for the public on 24 and 25 February, the Council is now able to publish the Expression of Interest and covering letter relating to the Garden Village submission.

All about Mindenhurst – the name for the Princess Royal Barracks development

Here’s an update on the development of Princess Royal Barracks. I’m sure you’ll know that the barracks is closing and will become a new community of around 1100 homes.

The name of the new development is Mindenhurst. The name includes a reference to Minden Barracks, part of the Victorian Blackdown Camp. They could have referenced, Blackdown, Dettingen, Alma, Frith, Aisne and Marne.

The progress of the development, though appearing to be slow, is moving forward inexorably. There’s plenty of available information, and publications, about the development which you can view by clicking on the image below. I’ll also attach two important documents – the Design Codes for the early development phases.


Birch Hall for sale, once bought by the Queen for her granddaughters

Birch HallThe imposing Birch Hall in Windlesham is for sale through Strutt and Parker, for £4.25 million. Daily Mail reports on the sale and Queens plans for it to be a home for the Duchess of York and her daughters. As the Daily Mail explains, that never happened and it was sold to the current owners.

The Strutt and Parker sales brochure is shown below.

Estate Agent boards knowingly breaking the rules: Updated

The rules for positioning estate agent ‘for sale’ boards are fairly simple. A board maybe be erected with the curtilage [see definition below, and detailed description HERE] of a property to advertise that it’s for sale or rent.

The word ‘curtilage’ is generally used to refer to a parcel of land attached to a dwellinghouse and forming one enclosure with it, where their relationship is such that they constitute an integral whole.

The people who erect boards know the rules. They also know that local authority planning enforcement teams are small and overworked. Therefore, there’s every chance that nothing will be done to wrongly placed boards.

Here’s a particularly egregious example. I’ve tackled such cases before, and think I’ll do so again. I hate to think of myself as a busybody – oh, the shame of it.  In this case I think I’ll pay the agents a visit. There’s no way that the curtilage for this house for sale extends to include a street sign.

Estate agent Board

UPDATE: Estate Agent visited and informed, though pleasingly they’ve already given instructions for its removal.