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Positive feedback on Weyside Urban Village proposals

Over 200 people attended our five online public exhibitions to find out more about our proposed riverside development in Guildford and over three quarters of those who gave feedback support the project.

The Weyside Urban Village will cover 41-hectares at Slyfield and provide around 1,500 new homes on brownfield land. In addition to high-quality homes the proposals also include new community facilities, measures to lower carbon emissions, improved access to a bigger, dedicated nature reserve as well as new work and commercial spaces.

Members of the public asked 379 questions during the exhibitions which were held online due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions. 102 feedback forms were completed with more comments received via online questionnaires. 76% of people who replied support our Weyside Urban Village plans, with 73% finding the online exhibitions either very useful or somewhat useful.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves says: "I attended the online exhibitions myself and it was fantastic to hear that so many residents have been able to learn about and comment on this exciting new chapter in the borough's future. It was vital for residents to have their say on these key issues as their comments will form an important part of the masterplan."

She explains: "The development will rejuvenate the site and its surroundings to give us much needed housing for all ages in the borough, from young commuters to families and those downsizing into retirement. We'll also be providing excellent infrastructure and active travel improvements, including pedestrian and cycle paths into the town centre, extended educational facilities and exciting employment opportunities."

The exhibitions featured all parts of the development including surrounding infrastructure, transport and highways and climate change and sustainability. All of the comments will be considered when we create the project's masterplan. Residents will be invited to read and comment on the draft masterplan in September. This will be followed by an online exhibition including the final masterplan, with a planning application due to be submitted by the end of 2020.

The first five online exhibitions can still be watched at www.weysideurbanvillage.co.uk/downloads. Paper copies of these exhibitions can be requested by calling the Project Team on 020 7399 2294.

Published 13 August