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A new place is on the Wey: Weyside Urban Village

Weyside Urban Village

Our Planning Committee approved ambitious outline proposals for a new development of 1,550 homes on a brownfield site by the River Wey, close to the town centre.

Known as Weyside Urban Village, the plans include 70,000 sq ft of employment space and a new local centre, made up of shops and health facilities.

Lead Councillor for Regeneration, Cllr John Rigg said: "We first started the project in 2003. Since then an incredible amount of work has gone into this project. From relocating the water treatment centre for Thames Water to planning the relocation of our depot and waste collection centre, and creating new allotments with modern facilities and riverside access for sustainable travel - this is one of our most ambitious and collaborative projects which will create a new neighbourhood on a mile of riverside previously inaccessible to the community.

"The decision to approve outline plans means we can begin making a series of detailed applications for different phases of the project, which are expected to take ten years to complete. The decision also allows early improvements to be made to local roads before any of the new homes are built. The milestone means we can now concentrate on creating a new space for people to live, work and enjoy life at Weyside Urban Village. And by using a brownfield site we leave more green and rural areas intact while still delivering the number of homes we need to build."

The planning application was the culmination of years of work to assemble the site, attract government funding for essential infrastructure and consult residents and businesses about proposals to create a new neighbourhood. At its heart, the plan opens up access to the River Wey, promotes a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and creates 600 affordable homes for local residents.

Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Climate Change, Cllr Jan Harwood said: "Weyside Urban Village will be a low carbon development. We hope that by going further than the current nationally set legal requirements for carbon emission reductions and sustainability, and the standards that we have set, we can inspire future development to do the same."

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore said: The Council is wasting no time in bringing forward the first set of detailed proposals for the new site. Public consultation will begin early next year over plans to relocate the Council's waste depot to new sustainable buildings, away from local residents and the Wey, and closer to the Slyfield Industrial Estate. An application for the first phase of housing will be made in early 2023."

The Planning Committee also approved a change of use application for a 45.9 hectare parcel of land surrounding the Weyside Urban Village which will enable it to be used as a SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace), accessible to the whole community.

Published on: 21 October 2021