Camberley residents kept in the dark over London Road Block plans as council meets in secret to discuss regeneration bid

December 7, 2017
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Councillors met in secret this week to debate the future of Camberley town centre – but have vowed to make details of their discussions public in the coming days.

Surrey Heath Borough Council‘s (SHBC) executive committee met on Tuesday (December 5) to chew over a range of issues affecting the town.

However, when it came to talks over vital redevelopment of the London Road Block, which is likely to fundamentally shape how the town is observed by outsiders, the session was reconvened behind closed doors.

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A spokesman for the council said the matter was exempt.

Discussion of various ‘High Street public realm improvements” was also held in secret.

Council papers state the exemption was on grounds he talks related to “financial or business affairs”.

Early artist’s impression of the London Road block plans
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Last year, SHBC chief executive Karen Whelan said the town’s regeneration plans had been scaled back as they were “too ambitious”.

Mrs Whelan said the move would attract more retailers with the town looking to reinvent itself.

‘Very exciting’ time

Following Tuesday’s meeting, Councillor Katia Malcaus Cooper, vice chairman of the council’s performance and finance scrutiny committee, said: “I am very excited indeed.

“All this meeting is showing is the council is very interested in the town’s future.”

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A spokesman for SHBC said: “The item regarding The London Road Block Development in the Executive meeting of Tuesday (December 5) was exempt.

“However, the minutes for this item are due to be made public in due course, when they will be published on our website

Ashwood House redevelopment
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There have been a flurry of developments in Surrey Heath in recent month.

Plans to transform Ashwood House and Pembroke House in Camberley town centre were granted planning permission in November.

The buildings will provide 140 new homes along with providing ground floor retail space.

An outline planning application for the London Road Block is due by the end of the year, according to the SHBC website.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/camberley-residents-kept-dark-over-14002569


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