Collaboration at Slyfield to further regeneration plans

Plans to relocate the sewage treatment works at Slyfield Industrial Estate moved ahead when senior representatives from Guildford Borough Council and Thames Water met at the site this week.

Collaboration at Slyfield to further regeneration plans

Both organisations are close to reaching an agreement over the relocation of the sewage treatment works, which is owned and operated by Thames Water. The meeting follows the Executive's decision last week to set aside £10 million to fund 50 per cent of Thames Water's costs to relocate the works as well as any future spend covering Thames Water's legal and professional fees and design costs leading to the submission of the planning application for the sewage works.

Moving the sewage works will provide residents with a new improved treatment facility and make way for 1,500 new homes, two new industrial units and associated infrastructure by utilising brownfield land away from residential areas.

The new road currently being built at Slyfield will also benefit the borough by significantly easing traffic congestion in the estate and help to facilitate moving the sewage works and the Council's depot.

Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Planning and Regeneration, Cllr Paul Spooner says: 'Today is a significant milestone in moving ahead with the regeneration of this area. Getting closer to a final agreement is a welcome step in the journey of this project. Unlocking the potential of this site and utilising brownfield land is a key part of our Local Plan and will serve as a catalyst for unprecedented reinvestment in the area.'

Thames Water's Chief Delivery Officer, Steve Spencer said: 'We're very pleased to be involved in this regeneration project which will provide the Slyfield area with residential and business benefits. We're now very close to formalising our development agreement with Guildford Borough Council which will in time ensure the town has the most modern, innovative and sustainable sewage treatment facility to meet the needs of a rising population and business growth.'

Published on 19 Tuesday 2019.