Camberley views No.2: London Road shop frontages between High Street and Park Street

Here’s another view of Camberley. This time it’s the run of shops on the London Road between the High Street and Park Street. It’s an unloved part of Camberley, referred to as the London Road Development by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

Below is an artists impression of the proposal, and below that are my photos of the existing shop frontages. They are a sorry sight to behold. The council, in their March 2020 update, say,

The development will take place in three phases and is likely to take approximately eight to ten years to complete. Due to the complexity of developing a planning application for a scheme of this scale and ambition, the development is at least two years away from the start of demolition and construction work for Phase 1. Until then, the area is very much open for business!

There are lots of fantastic, varied independent businesses currently situated in the London Road site including cool bars and restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons, dry-cleaner’s and specialist shops – please continue to visit and support them.

SHBC’s Economic and Development team are providing ongoing support to these businesses to help them find new premises within Camberley or the borough depending on each of the business’ requirements.

I wonder how successful the Council will be in protecting the businesses. Way back, wasn’t there a record store, a second hand book shop, and a golf shop. Is the Angling shop still open, I don’t know. I’d be mightily surprised if Kier, the developers, will be submitting plans any time soon.

 

Kier Property selected as Surrey Heath Borough Council’s London Road Development site partner

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that,

Karen Whelan, Chief Executive, Surrey Heath Borough Council said: “We are delighted to announce today, 3 April 2019, that Kier Property, the development arm of Kier Group, have been selected by the Council as the preferred developer to work on a mixed- use scheme in the Camberley London Road Development site.

The proposed scheme will completely transform a run-down area of the town centre and create a thriving new town square surrounded by a large mixed-use development, including retail, residential, parking and new outside space. This announcement marks the end of the procurement process and work will now begin on surveying the site and submitting the planning application.”

Kier Property proposed a scheme that best met the Council’s vision and objectives creating the most comprehensive masterplan. It also proposed the largest mix of uses including leisure provision.

Andrew Storey, managing director for Kier Property Regeneration, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Surrey Heath Borough Council to develop this important site in Camberley. We believe our proposals will provide vibrance to the town given the mixed-use nature of them and we look forward to working alongside Karen Whelan and her team over the next few years to deliver our vision utilising all the skills of Kier Group.”

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Developer short list for Camberley’s London Road site

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced that,

Camberley Town Centre is currently undergoing an exciting regeneration programme led by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC).

A significant stage of regenerating Camberley is investing in and improving the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street and opposite the historic Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

SHBC is now in the process of appointing an experienced regeneration developer with the resources and vision to deliver a comprehensive and transformational development of the 2.0 ha (5.5 acres) site.

We are very pleased to announce today (9 July 2018) that we have shortlisted four companies who will be put through to the next stage of selection. These are; Countryside, Keir Group, Hub Group, and Berkeley Group.

Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said: “SHBC are delighted with the outstanding response to the first stage of tendering for our flagship development in Camberley, which is testament to the drive and determination of Officers and Members to deliver high quality partners.

Our vision for Camberley is dynamic and innovative and our shortlisted developers can bring the same qualities to the project.  We look forward to hearing more about their vision for the site, with our final decision being made around Christmas 2018.”

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader, SHBC said: “Developing this area has been a key long-term objective for the Council.  The site occupies a substantial part of the town centre and the development, once complete, will totally transform and regenerate this area. It is a great result for the council to have secured four impressive developers to take forward to the next stage of procurement.”

It is envisaged that the new development on London Road will include a combination of housing, retail and car parking. Bidders are also being asked to include new office space within their bid which could unlock other sites in the town centre for redevelopment.

To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which includes the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, acquisition of Ashwood House a former office building which is currently being redeveloped into 116 high quality residential apartments.   Substantial projects to improve the town centre car parks, Princess Way and the High Street are also in the pipeline.  Find out more here.