GROUND has finally been broken at the Brookwood Farm development after planning delays.
Nearly 300 new homes, plus community facilities and local infrastructure, will be created by the controversial build on the 16-acre site off Bagshot Road.
CALA Homes are delivering two and three bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five bedroom homes, 25 per cent of which will be designated as affordable housing.
The comprehensive scheme will also include a new primary school, sports pitches, car parking, an extensive play area, and landscaping.
But developers had been made to push back their start date after the project ran into planning problems with the new school.
The vision is to connect the new school with the existing Brookwood Primary School site in Connaught Road via a footpath.
And even after being rubber stamped by the council, some officials, including Knaphill Councillors Melanie Whitehand, Saj Hussain, and Brookwood Cllr Kevin Davis, then aired concerns over the impact of additional vehicles on the already strained Bagshot Road and nearby Brookwood crossroads.
But CALA chiefs say the build is a necessity.
Managing Director for CALA Homes South, Nick Twine, said: “Brookwood Farm will provide much-needed homes for the area and is an exciting project for Woking.
We have worked very closely with Woking Borough Council and the local community to create an aspirational range of high quality new homes for every type of buyer.
“We’re expecting a great deal of interest when the first properties are released for sale in the summer, both from local people and those moving into the area.”
Council Leader John Kingsbury backed CALA’s claim. He added: “We are delighted to have completed our sale of Brookwood Farm to CALA. The high quality development being undertaken by CALA will make a significant contribution towards meeting the borough’s housing need, both homes to buy and homes to rent.
“I am particularly keen to see the development as it will not only provide homes, but much improved recreation facilities, adding to our stock of country parks and sports pitches, as well as additional school places to meet the needs of local families.
“I am looking forward to seeing the first home occupied later this year and wish CALA every success with this exciting new development.”
The first homes will be released for sale in the late summer of 2014.
The sales and marketing suite will initially be located at the Brookwood Post Office, off Connaught Road.
Buyers are being encouraged to register their interest now to be the first to receive information about Brookwood Farm when properties are released.
For further information or to register interest in homes at Brookwood Farm, visit www.cala.co.uk or call 01784 862 501.