Weyside Urban Village Plans Nearing Completion
Guildford Borough Council is nearing completion of the outline proposals for its riverside development in Guildford, to build approximately 1500 new homes on brownfield land at Slyfield.
The ambitious Weyside Urban Village project is supported by over three-quarters of residents who have attended one or more of the Councils seven public exhibitions or submitted a feedback form. 347 people attended the public exhibitions, held online due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions, with recordings of our exhibitions viewed 817 times. 548 questions have been asked, with 119 feedback forms completed to date. 76% of people who replied support the plans, with 73% finding the online exhibitions either very useful or somewhat useful.
The planning application, which will include a Statement of Community Involvement explaining how the Council has worked with the local community on the project, will be submitted in December. The project is expected to be completed within 10-15 years.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says:
“We are grateful for all of the public’s help with this project so far and have been delighted by the positive responses received on this exciting new chapter in Guildford’s future. Hearing what our residents have to say on these key issues has been an important part of the Weyside Urban Village masterplan. The development will rejuvenate the site and its surroundings to give us much needed housing for all ages both from the borough and attracting new residents to live here. The proposed village will appeal to all, from young commuters to families and those downsizing into retirement.”
He continues: “Following the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse the relocation of the Allotments at Bellfields Road, we are taking advice on the appropriate next steps. The extra time this has given us has allowed us to again consult with allotment tenants before any decisions are made.”
Lead Councillor for Major Projects, Cllr John Rigg says:
“Weyside Urban Village will be a huge benefit to Guildford, bringing affordable homes, new employment opportunities and community space to residents. We’ll also be providing excellent infrastructure and active travel improvements, including pedestrian and cycle paths into the town centre, extended educational facilities and exciting employment opportunities. Climate change is one of our key priorities and the project will prioritise environmental impacts throughout the process. The future is our young people and those growing up here or moving into the area. They want affordable sustainable living with high-quality public space, leisure and cultural experiences and we aim to deliver this vision.”
Residents are still encouraged to give their views – as well as watch all seven exhibitions – through the project website, www.WeysideUrbanVillage.co.uk. Paper copies of these exhibitions can be requested by calling the Project Team on 020 7399 2294. The public exhibitions covered all aspects of the development including transport and highways, surrounding infrastructure, and climate change and sustainability.
The 41-hectare Weyside Urban Village project, which will deliver approximately 1,500 homes on brownfield land, will create a green and thriving community alongside the River Wey whilst protecting precious Green Belt land and addressing the Climate Change emergency. In addition to new, high-quality homes, the proposals also include new community facilities, measures to lower carbon emissions, improved access to a bigger, dedicated nature reserve as well as new work and commercial spaces. The development will protect the Wey’s industrial heritage and create a new Riverside Walk into the town centre, as well as promoting active travel by prioritising bus, cycle and pedestrian access to the site.