Plans to build 1,500 homes at current Guildford sewage treatment site progress

March 13, 2019
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Plans to build 1,500 homes in Guildford at the current site of a sewage treatment plant have moved a step further. 

The scheme was progressed by Guildford Borough Council’s (GBC) executive on Thursday (March 7) as part of the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project, which is seeking to significantly improve the area just outside the town.

As well as the homes, two new industrial units and associated infrastructure will be built on the current site of Thames Water’s sewage treatment works. An agreement between the water company and GBC has been made to move the facility to a “former landfill away from residential areas”.

The long-term plan aims to provide 1,000 homes during the Local Plan period, with additional scope for a further 500 after 2034.

The council’s recycling centre will be relocated to a different part of the regeneration area as part of the work.

The footage shows the current site of the sewer works
(Image: Guildford Borough Council)

GBC has set aside £10 million to fund half of Thames Water’s costs and any future spend covering its legal, professional and design fees involved with the submission of the planning application for the sewage works.

Councillor Paul Spooner, council leader, said: “Moving the sewage works is the key to unlocking the potential of this brownfield land for new housing as laid out in our Local Plan. This sizeable regeneration project will also serve as a catalyst for reinvestment in the estate creating more job opportunities by attracting new businesses to the area.

“I’m delighted we are moving forward on delivering the first phase of this important project.” 

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The council has put together a video flyover of the site, showing the whole of industrial estate and the plot where the homes would be built.

Cllr Matt Furniss, deputy leader, added: “Rebuilding the existing sewage works in a more suitable location will better serve our residents and businesses. Longer term, opening up this area will allow for much needed housing and other infrastructure and will help future-proof our borough.”

 

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/plans-build-1500-homes-current-15967386


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