TWO major planning applications have been submitted to Woking Borough Council in relation to the ongoing town centre redevelopment.
One is for the comprehensive, retail-led, mixed-use development on Victoria Square, while the second is for the new fire station.
The development will be delivered by Bandstand Square Developments Limited, a joint venture between owners of Peacocks Shopping Centre, Moyallen, Surrey County Council and Woking Borough Council.
Following public consultation events during 2013, the detailed design of the scheme has been finalised.
The Victoria Square site comprises the former Woking Market (currently being relocated to Peacock Walk); the site of the former post office; Globe House; the existing Woking Fire Station; Bandstand Square civic space; a number of existing retail units including Boots (who will be relocated under the scheme); part of Export House; the Red and Yellow car parks; and some of the surrounding road network, including Victoria Way, Cawsey Way and Church Street West.
The proposal will deliver 125,000 sq ft of new retail floorspace, anchored by Marks & Spencer; a 190-bed four-star hotel with conference facilities; a spa and gym in a 21-storey tower; 392 residential apartments in two towers of 28 and 34 storeys; space for a medical centre; 380 additional car parking spaces, and two new public plazas.
The proposed fire station is to be built on land at Goldsworth Road, currently containing the CTD Tile Showroom, Cavendish House and Units 1 to 6 Butts Road.
It will be larger than the existing one on Cawsey Way, with 20 residential units above, and will be delivered prior to the decommissioning of the existing facility.
Woking Borough Council Leader, John Kingsbury, said: “The proposals provide a unique opportunity to improve the town centre facilities for residents and visitors and to attract new business. With up to 730 jobs being created, Victoria Square will provide an exciting new quarter for Woking, anchored by Marks & Spencer, who are making a welcome return to the town.”
Surrey County Council Leader, David Hodge, added: “Our new fire station proposals are important for Woking – they’ll give our crews state-of-the-art facilities and then free up the old site for a regeneration that will grow Surrey’s economy and create hundreds of jobs.”
Peter Robinson from Moyallen said: “We have engaged with the public and other stakeholders and resolved the detailed design, taking into account the comments received. We look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders as the scheme progresses.”
lThe applications have been submitted, and the plans and accompanying reports are available to view on the Woking Borough Council website, at the Civic Offices, or at www.victoriasquarewoking.co.uk. Representations can be submitted to the council directly.