Architects unveil ambitious plans to pedestrianise Cranleigh High Street

January 12, 2019
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Two architects have unveiled ambitious proposals to redesign and pedestrianise Cranleigh High Street.

Nick Galpin and Bob Callard are exhibiting a series of original artworks at Cranleigh Arts Centre, showcasing their large-scale vision for the regeneration of the village as a thriving social and cultural hub.

The proposal includes closing the centre of the village for controlled periods of time, so that it becomes a pedestrianised zone to nurture local culture, craft markets, street musicians and organised events. The plans include a relief road to divert traffic.

Architect and artist Mr Galpin, who has lived in Cranleigh for nearly half-a-century, said he came up with idea along with local architect Mr Callard when the pair met 14 years ago.

Nick Galpin (right) and Bob Callard (left)
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“We had the feeling that we wanted to make the High Street more friendly to pedestrians and help the traffic system, so we got some Ordnance Survey Maps and started to put down our ideas,” he said.

“We have been working on this on and off for 14 years and I am delighted that we can finally share our vision of Cranleigh with the local community.”

The exhibition consists of five paintings illustrated by Mr Galpin, accompanied by aerial plans prepared by Mr Callard. The five paintings show how the High Street could look if the scheme went ahead.

Andrea Bamford, 63, a Cranleigh resident who went to view the exhibition, said: “This has been planned for quite some time. Since the design started, there has been a lot of development agreed which would have a significant impact on where the proposed road would be.

“Overall, I don’t think this proposal would work, but I can see how it would in certain areas like Fountain Square.”

Mr Galpin and Mr Callard’s next steps will involve a meeting with Surrey County Council‘s highways department to discuss their proposals for a relief road.

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A planning application has not yet been submitted, but the pair hope Cranleigh Parish Council (CPC) will acknowledge and review the scheme, and support their plans.

CPC has been approached for comment, but said it has not yet seen the exhibition.

If it did get the backing of both councils, they say they may launch a crowdfunder so residents or businesses could contribute and make the plan a reality.

Mr Galpin added: “There is so much scope to transform our village into a truly important social and cultural destination within Surrey.

“We hope that residents and visitors will appreciate our ideas and that CPC will seriously consider our scheme for future planning and development.”

The exhibition will be held at the Cranleigh Arts Centre until January 26 between 10am and 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/architects-unveil-ambitious-plans-pedestrianise-15659448


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