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Latest development news

Up to date development news and information for residents and key stakeholders. Information will be added as and when necessary.

View press releases issued about the regeneration scheme

Leisure phase started

On Monday 22 July we started the preliminary works at Bishop David Brown School to build the new leisure centre, swimming pools and sports pitches. This £26 million investment in the infrastructure of Sheerwater is, as promised, the first thing we said we would do to start the regeneration process. Not only will it provide residents with brand new sports facilities, it will also provide the school with fantastic new changing and canteen facilities. The new leisure facilities will promote health and wellbeing, and enhance learning and recreational opportunities. Use of these facilities will be shared between the school, local sports clubs and the local community.

Initial works on site include:

  • Construction of a haul road – so that heavy goods vehicles can bring materials on to site
  • Erection of hoardings – a temporary fence to restrict public access to site
  • Drainage – installation of the waste water pipes
  • Preparation of the land – landscaping and levelling so that the new sports pitches can be laid

Purple phase (residential) started

Purple phase takes in land previously occupied by 20 two-storey dwellings and Murray Green. Once complete, purple phase will consist of 92 properties that will be available for affordable rent, open market sale and rent.

The property mix includes 10 three-storey houses and 82 one, two and three bed apartments. Facing Murray Green, the three-storey terraced houses will have private gardens. The flat roofs and low parapets minimise the change in height.

The landscape within this phase comprises a pocket park, podium (raised) gardens and tree line frontages to Central Square and Bunyard Drive. The podium gardens conceal a residents’ car park, reducing the impact of roadside parked cars in the area. There are private, enclosed gardens with seating terraces for individual properties and communal open green spaces accessible to all residents.

Initial works on site include:

  • Erection of hoardings – a temporary fence to restrict public access to site
  • Utilities disconnected – gas, water and electrical supplies to vacant properties safely capped
  • Asbestos removal – vacant properties searched and stripped of any asbestos safely
  • Demolition – 20 properties demolished and any reusable materials recovered

Evening surgeries launched

To ensure all residents are getting the level of support they need to deal with the difficult and emotional time of moving home, evening surgeries are being held for residents who work and are unable to attend appointments and drop-in sessions during the day.

The one-to-one sessions with a housing support officer take place at Parkview Centre for the Community. For details of the next evening surgery and to schedule an appointment, speak to the Sheerwater Regeneration Housing Support Team on 01483 743870 or email

The former Birch and Pines site

The site forms part of the Sheerwater regeneration area and is now closed to the public. During the project it will be used to provide secure parking for contractors, helping to relieve some of the demand for on street parking.