Leisure facilities will be built first in Sheerwater

06 April 2018

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Borough Councillors last night (Thursday 5 April 2018) voted overwhelmingly to release funds for the construction of new state-of-the-art leisure and recreation facilities in Sheerwater that will help transform the heath and wellbeing of the local community.

The decision to release the 26 million investment will enable the Council's development partner, Thameswey Developments Ltd (TDL), to commence construction of the leisure and recreation facilities in the grounds of Bishop David Brown School starting in July 2018.

This decision marks the beginning of the Sheerwater Regeneration Scheme.

The new, modern leisure complex will feature a leisure centre with a five court sports hall, studio spaces and gym, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool and separate teaching pool. Outside, the complex will feature a high quality full size 3G football pitch and new grass football and rugby pitches.

In addition, new parking arrangements will increase the number of spaces available, and ground source heat pumps and solar panels will provide low carbon sustainable energy.

A Community Use Agreement will ensure the leisure complex is available for use by both the local community and school.

Hybrid planning application

Thameswey Developments Ltd has recently submitted its enhanced hybrid planning application. Last year, the Council invited TDL to review the existing approved Master Plan and consider how to increase the amount of public open space, whilst increasing the total number of properties and reviewing the mix of property types.

If approved, the scheme will see up to 1,200 new homes built, of which 47 per cent will be affordable, and an increase in the amount of open green space by 12 per cent to 10.48 hectares.

Speaking after the Council meeting, Cllr David Bittleston, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: "Finally, this evening's significant decision marks the beginning of the transformation of Sheerwater.

"Whilst many were sceptical, we have kept our commitment to prioritise the leisure and recreation facilities in the development, thereby building a better Sheerwater that is both tangible and real to local residents.

"The leisure complex is the first exciting step towards the regeneration of Sheerwater, creating the building blocks for a modern, sustainable, 21st century community where people will want to live and bring up families for years to come."

For more information, please visit the Sheerwater Regeneration Scheme webpages.