Proposals Submitted For Weyside Urban Village

Our exciting proposals for a new riverside community of 1,500 homes on brownfield land at Slyfield have continued with the submission of a planning application.

The proposals for Weyside Urban Village will be discussed by our Planning Committee in the coming months. 

Three applications have been submitted in relation to Weyside Urban Village as part of a hybrid application which seeks outline planning permission for part of the site and full planning permission for other parts. 

The applications contain many of the key features, including up to 1,550 new homes on brownfield land, 40% of which will be affordable. The plans also feature community facilities and flexible employment space as well as a local centre offering retail, healthcare and a nursery school. 

A separate application has been submitted to provide much-needed open space to transform almost 46 hectares of land into publicly accessible open space and a Nature Reserve which will provide a number of environmental, economic and social opportunities for both existing and future residents. 

We have worked closely with The Stoke and District Horticultural Club, better known as The Aggie Club, on proposals for their temporary new home. 

The proposals also recognise the need to retain some plots at Bellfields Road allotments. In addition to plots at Weyside Urban Village, we are also committed to creating new allotments at North Moors and extending the current site at Aldershot Road. 

The project will protect the Wey's industrial heritage by preserving key buildings such as the Pump House. It will also promote active travel with a new Riverside Walk into the town centre and priority given to bus, cycle and pedestrian access to the development. 

The relocation of both the existing waste transfer depot and the Sewage Treatment Works will allow greater access to the River Wey. 

Further details on the application, including designs, environmental studies, transport and highway information and ground contamination results, can be found at www.weysideurbanvillage.co.uk

Our comprehensive ground contamination studies show that the levels of contamination are not unexpected for a site with this history, and our plan to treat this is thorough and in-depth. 

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says:

"After many years of hard work and engagement with residents across Guildford, it's fantastic to see us reach this milestone for the project. Whilst much of the detail is still to come and residents will still be able to scrutinise the proposals, we are one step closer to realising the enormous potential that exists on this brownfield site. 

"We are grateful for everyone's views so far and for the vast amount of positive responses we've received. Listening to what our residents have to say is an important part of the Weyside Urban Village masterplan. 

He adds: 

"Following the Secretary of State's decision against the relocation of the allotments at Bellfields Road, we recognise the need to retain some allotment plots on the current Old Farm and Lagoon sites, whilst providing new facilities at North Moors and Aldershot Road. That is why, alongside continued engagement with the Guildford Allotment Society, our Community Wellbeing Team has approached all allotment holders to understand their specific needs and requirements. This information is vital in helping us take the next steps in the provision of allotments at Bellfields Road.  

"I encourage any plotholder at Bellfields Road allotments who has not yet responded to the questionnaire to contact our Community Wellbeing Team." 

Lead Councillor for Major Projects, Cllr John Rigg says:  
 
"Weyside Urban Village will be a great benefit to Guildford, bringing affordable homes, new employment opportunities and community space to residents. We'll also be providing excellent infrastructure and travel improvements, extended facilities at Weyfield Primary School and exciting employment opportunities. The Project will be built to the highest environmental standards. The future is our young people and those growing up here or moving into the area. They want affordable sustainable living with high quality public space, leisure and cultural experiences and we aim to deliver this vision." 

He continues:  

"Whilst being one of the world's leading authorities on ground contamination, our infrastructure team from Aecom have a particular expertise in dealing with contamination on brownfield sites such as this, and will be working closely with the Environment Agency and our contamination team to create a remediation strategy. As the Weyside Urban Village project progresses, and with more detailed planning applications coming forward, contamination will continue to be carefully monitored and managed." 

Councillor for Stoke Ward, Cllr James Walsh adds:  

 "After many years of talking about this development, reaching the planning application stage is a real milestone and I look forward to more homes - especially affordable homes - being provided in Guildford for those who need them.

"I am pleased with how the council has been consulting with residents on this huge project and it is important that this continues. I would therefore encourage all residents to visit the project website and to get in touch with the team to share their views and ask any questions about the plans as they develop."

The project is expected to be completed within 10-15 years. 
 
Residents are still encouraged to give their views - as well as watch all seven exhibitions - through the project website, www.WeysideUrbanVillage.co.uk. Paper copies of these exhibitions can be requested by calling the Project Team on 020 7399 2294. The public exhibitions covered all aspects of the development including transport and highways, surrounding infrastructure, and climate change and sustainability. 

Our Community Wellbeing team can be contacted by email via community.wellbeing@guildford.gov.uk, by calling 01483 444616 or 07890 591971 or at Community Wellbeing Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey GU2 4BB.

Published Tuesday 2 February