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