Residents’ voice will shape village future

BYFLEET residents have been invited to take part in a public consultation to help shape the future use of lands to the west and south of the village.

A host of options are being put forward for land off Parvis Road, Rectory Lane and a third site between Fullerton Road and the River Wey, including new sports pitches, and a riverside country park.

BIRD’S EYE VIEW – the proposal affects the selected red areas

BIRD’S EYE VIEW – the proposal affects the selected red areas

There is also potential for a new sports pavilion with changing facilities, improved access and car parking, along with new and refurbished tennis courts on council-owned land adjacent to Byfleet Bowls Club in Rectory Lane.

The proposed facilities would be funded by the provision of new homes from housebuilder Taylor Wimpey, including a significant proportion of affordable housing for local people as well as homes for the elderly.

Financial contributions would also be provided towards improving local highways infrastructure, schools and community projects, and land could be made available to enable the local authority to explore the potential for new flood defence works.

The emerging land use proposals will be presented to the public during two exhibitions at St Mary’s Centre for the Community in Stream Close, on Monday (February 24) from 4pm to 8pm, and on Saturday, March 1 (10am to 4pm).

Regional Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey, Andrew Moore, said: “This consultation is a fantastic opportunity for people to let us know what new community and recreation amenities they would like to see on these lands for the benefit of everyone in the village.

“We are tabling options that we believe are deliverable and if there is enough support to deliver these proposals then we will work with the community to devise and consult on more detailed proposals later this year.

“Based on the feedback we receive from the local community, we will be able to work up our proposals and agree mechanisms to unlock the funding required to provide the facilities which the community wants.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting local people on Monday (February 24)and Saturday, March 1 to discuss our initial land use proposals in more detail.”

Taylor Wimpey has invited the whole Byfleet community to attend its forthcoming exhibitions, with approximately 3,900 invitation notices distributed to local households and business premises this week.

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