07 April 2017
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Plans to transform Sheerwater have received the final go-ahead following a decision by Council during its meeting on Thursday 6 April 2017, where Members voted 18 in favour for progressing the regeneration scheme.
The decision means that Thameswey Development Limited (TDL), a development company wholly owned by Woking Borough Council, will work for the Council to deliver the regeneration of Sheerwater.
Cllr David Bittleston, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Housing Development, said: “After almost four years, I am pleased that we can now move forward with our plans to transform Sheerwater and residents can take comfort that a decision has at last been made.
“The decision to proceed with the regeneration scheme presents exciting opportunities to enhance and reshape Sheerwater for future generations. We will do all that we can to support residents throughout the lifetime of the project.
“With this decision to proceed, it is now time to look confidently ahead and build momentum towards the project commencing on the ground during early 2018. The Council and Thameswey Development Limited have all the necessary expertise and resources to deliver the Sheerwater Regeneration Scheme. We will support the whole of Sheerwater in building a thriving local community of which we can all be proud.
“The Sheerwater Overview Panel will ensure that the Council continues to engage with the local community and key stakeholders to ensure that everyone benefits from the regeneration.
“It remains my belief that the regeneration of Sheerwater will make a significant improvement to the quality of life for existing and new residents and create a sustainable and desirable place to live for years to come.”
Once complete, the regeneration of Sheerwater will provide 522 open market homes and 462 affordable homes (including 62 assisted living homes), but also improve the economic and social vitality of the area. This means creating opportunities that will benefit the wider community, which will include:
- a new retail centre
- mixed-use leisure centre building and sports pitches
- new open space conveniently located and accessible
- the provision of a community centre, health centre, nursery, sheltered housing and youth centre
- better transport links through improved cycling and walking routes to and from Woking Town Centre and West Byfleet
- education, training and local employment opportunities
- infrastructure improvements to existing highways and the removal of pylons.
In the coming months, the Council will continue to develop its regeneration plans. As the project progresses, residents directly affected by the regeneration will be contacted. It is anticipated that works will commence on-site in early 2018.