Surrey Heath were 20th in the 2015 Halifax Quality of Life Survey. In the 2016 survey Surrey Heath were absent from the top 50. It’s the same result again in the 2017 survey, Surrey Heath is absent. Yet Hart, an adjoining borough to Surrey Heath comes in 1st.
See the table on the right for the top ten – click on image to expand.
I’ve been troubled by the changes in the boroughs making up the top 50 for a number of years. In the 2009 survey Surrey Heath was third, and in 2010 we were 9th. See HERE for my previous articles on the Halifax Quality of Life Surveys.
Anyway, here’s the press release from Halifax, containing the tables and the make up of their annual survey.
Many people will have driven past a new mansion under construction in Church Road Windlesham.
I took a photo of the mansion last week, and thought I’d discover something about it. It’s referred to as Home Farm by the developers – Searchfield Homes, understandably so, since the property was previously known as Home Farm.
I’m reliably informed that it’s sale price will around £15,000,000. To learn what you get for £15 million, the developer’s website is a good source, as are the planning documents on Surrey Heath Borough Council website, if you’re so interested.
Surrey Heath Borough Council announce, on Friday 6th October, that
Another key milestone has been reached in the redevelopment of Ashwood House and Pembroke House in Camberley with the exchange of contracts with the selected developer, Berkeley Homes.
Ashwood 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 of 116 flats, subject to planning permission.
Simultaneously, Berkeley Homes will redevelop Pembroke House, located on Frimley Road. The scheme has the potential to offer 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission, providing affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses.
Planning applications have been submitted for both developments, and are currently being considered, with a decision expected before the end of the year.
Surrey Heath Borough Council issued this press release on 1st August 2017, [NOTE: My photo of council chamber, not of this council meeting]
Surrey Heath Borough Council welcomed members of The Chobham Society and local residents to debate a petition presented to a meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 26 July.
The petition, which collected enough signatures to trigger a debate at Full Council, was signed by 992 residents in the Borough, 605 of whom live in Chobham.
The petition asked SHBC not to promote or support housing development at Fairoaks Airport, a privately owned site in Chobham, but to retain it in the Greenbelt, including committing to not making a second bid for a Fairoaks Garden Village, and to encourage airport operations at Fairoaks with associated employment opportunities.
Mr Darren Rees of The Chobham Society made a presentation setting out reasons for objections to redevelopment of the site with reference to the Local Plan.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “With no planning application submitted for the Fairoaks site it is too early for Members to comment on future plans for the site, but the background information and concerns presented by The Chobham Society and local residents is an important part of the process.”
The petition had been accepted by the Council for a public debate as a valid petition in March 2017, and had run for three months.
SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan added: “Members of the public have a right to be heard on a host of topics which are important to them, which is why the petition process exists. When issues also affect decisions councillors might have to take in the future, it is naturally important for councillors to be made aware of local opinion, whilst keeping an open mind to any potential development proposals in the borough.”
Surrey Heath Borough Council statement regarding Heathpark Woods Planning Permission
A planning application for up to 140 dwellings and community facilities, with associated landscaping, open space, car-parking and access from Woodlands Lane, and use of land to provide publicly accessible recreation space (SANG) at Heathpark Wood, East of Heathpark Drive, Windlesham, Surrey was declined by Surrey Heath Borough Council on 18 March 2016.
An appeal and subsequent inquiry was held by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
The appeal was upheld and therefore outline planning permission has been granted for this development.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council said “We are disappointed by this decision. There have been a number of cases recently where planning permission has been granted despite the concerns of the local council and residents.”
Surrey Heath Borough Council update on Camberley Town centre projects, [click on images to expand]
Exciting progress has been made in crucial Camberley Town Centre projects over recent months.
- The Mall, Camberley
Following the Council’s purchase of The Mall last year, work is now underway to begin updating and transforming the shopping centre. Haskoll have been appointed as architects to oversee an exciting refurbishment scheme, and designs are being finalised for the interior. The work will be phased, with the first phase starting in mid-summer in Grace Reynolds Walk, followed by The Square, then other parts of the centre. In the meantime repainting of the roof has already begun as part of the work to brighten up the shopping centre.
Changes are also underway to the branding, with a temporary website already available (www.camberleyshopping.co.uk), and further work is underway to improve the marketing of the shopping centre both to customers and potential retailers when it is relaunched later in the year.
- Ashwood House, Pembroke Broadway
As previously announced, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer of the site. The upper floors of the building will be transformed into high quality residential accommodation, comprising around 100 flats, subject to planning permission.
A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with the aim of starting on site at the end of the year.
- Public spaces in Princess Way and the High Street
Plans for improvements to the ‘public realm’ and amenity areas have progressed with surveys of services and ground levels in the High Street completed. Design work is underway, with public consultation to begin shortly on ideas for changing these areas of the town.
- London Road Block
Consultants have been appointed to undertake feasibility work for the new development and submit an outline planning application by the end of 2017.
- Pembroke House, Frimley Road
As with Ashwood House, Berkeley Homes has been appointed as developer for this scheme, which has the potential to offer around 25 flats and ground floor retail space, subject to planning permission. It will provide affordable housing for local people and retail space for Camberley’s businesses.
A planning application is due to be submitted in June 2017 following public consultation, with work on site aiming to commence at the end of the year.
In another significant development, SHBC have appointed Paul Ramshaw in a new role, Head of Investment & Development. Paul’s previous roles include Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy at Eastleigh Borough Council. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, he will head up a new team, including an applications planner, procurement officer, accountant and lawyer, to deliver the Council’s property acquisition and development plans.
Paul said: “I am delighted to be joining Surrey Heath at an exciting time in terms of property acquisition and development, and look forward to helping drive forward the regeneration of Camberley Town Centre as one of our key priorities.” SHBC Chief Executive Karen Whelan said: “As can be seen, our work continues to make Camberley an even better place to live, work and enjoy. We look forward to making announcements about further significant plans and developments in the near future.”