A THOUSAND new homes are to be built in Sheerwater after Woking Borough Council pledged a staggering £250million to redevelop the area.
The plan over the next seven years is to improve infrastructure, meet housing demand and make Sheerwater a ‘more desirable destination’.
The regeneration, led by New Vision Homes, a joint venture between Pinnacle PSG and Mansell – a Balfour Beatty brand – aims to replace 500 existing homes and build around the same number of new, energy-efficient properties.
The council promises the cost will not be met by the taxpayer, as it is a private development, and that proposed plans will stimulate socio-economic issues such as employment and education.
“We want to change the whole brand of Sheerwater,” said leader of the council John Kingsbury.
“It should be a desirable destination in Surrey – a new garden for us all.”
Over the last nine months plans for a new retail centre, leisure complex, community centre, school sports facility, athletics track, a public square, and a multi-use games area have been outlined.
The planning application will take around 18 to 24 months to go through.Portfolio holder for housing, David Bittleston, said: “For far too long we’ve made small improvements here and there in Sheerwater. Now, with the support of New Vision Homes, we can make wholesale changes to significantly improve the quality of life for people living in and around the area for generations to come.”
“The regeneration will see improvements to housing stock, roads, parks and community facilities, making the area a sustainable, desirable, more attractive place to live, work and play.”
The infrastructure will come first, such as improvements to existing highways and the removal of pylons, as well as better transport links through improved cycling and walking routes to and from Woking town centre and West Byfleet.
The leisure centre will be relocated from the outskirts of Sheerwater, and will be more central, and the business park will have better access roads, which will address the current problem of units staying empty.
Cllr Bittleston explained that the proposal will look to Surrey County Council to improve the area’s schools, and to New Vision Homes for the infrastructure and housing. He added: “We are committed to working closely with Sheerwater residents as we bring forward these plans.
“I do not want residents to worry unduly, as our commitment is to improve the area and opportunities for all. This scheme will be good for them, good for local businesses and good for the wider community.”
A residents’ panel will be held in Sheerwater on Thursday, June 13, before any application is submitted.