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£250m Woking estate revamp backed

Published: Thursday, 4th August 2016

The first phase of the Sheerwater estate regeneration scheme has been given approval by Woking Borough Council’s planning committee…

Woking Borough Council’s planning committee has voted to approve a hybrid planning application for the £250m regeneration of the town’s Sheerwater estate which includes the master plan for the project and sets out to create nearly 1,000 new homes. The committee has also given the go-ahead for the first phase of the scheme.

The consented master plan involves proposals to demolish over 500 existing properties and replace them with 984 new homes (91 per cent are family sized homes) of which 62 homes are assisted living units. The scheme also includes some 1650 square metres of retail floor space, a community and youth centre, a children’s nursery, a health centre and a new community sports centre including a swimming pool and gym facilities.

The master plan was drawn up by HTA Design LLP. The scheme itself has been developed by the borough council and its partner New Vision Homes, a joint venture between Pinnacle Regeneration and construction company Balfour Beatty.

The first phase involves the community sports centre and 92 of the new homes. Local residents remain divided over the merits of the scheme which still requires sign-off from the full council.

The estate is a London overspill development built after the Second World War and occupying an area of Woking between the West Byfleet golf course and the Basingstoke Canal.

Roger Milne