Surrey Heath Borough Council approved plans for 35 flats at the former Camberley police station A grand vision for the future of Camberley police station has been unveiled, which could lead to the bulldozers moving in as soon as the spring.
CALA Homes is due to purchase the Portesbery Road site, subject to gaining planning permission from Surrey Heath Borough Council to build a 35-home development.
If approved, the police station would be replaced with a mixture of new homes at the heart of the town centre.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Kevin Hurley has been responsible for disposing of the monolithic station as part of ongoing cost-saving measures by Surrey Police.
Dozens of buildings across the county have already been sold, including the former Lightwater police station, now home to the Terri-Jayne School of Dance.
The developer has announced it will present a public exhibition to showcase its plans next week.
An initial proposal for 35 homes will feature one and two-bedroom apartments, plus a range of three and four-bedroom family homes.
Development of the site will include demolition of the station, with the majority of police staff, including the borough’s Safer Neighbour-hood team, having already relocated to Surrey Heath House in nearby Knoll Road.
The site is adjacent to a long-vaunted ‘cultural quarter’ in Camberley, a cornerstone of the council’s ambitions to regenerate the town during the coming years centred around the theatre, library and museum.
On Saturday (December 6), residents can view the plans in full at High Cross Church, in Knoll Road, between 11am and 5pm. This consultation will give people an opportunity to pass on their thoughts before the proposals are formally submitted to the council in the new year. CALA is hopeful that a decision will be made by the spring.
Caroline Green, CALA Homes Thames’ planning and design manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to redevelop a key site and provide much-needed family homes in walking distance of the town centre and station.
“We are keen to hear the views of people living and working locally and would encourage members of the community to visit our event at High Cross.
“There will be a chance to see our plans in more detail, speak with members of the project team and leave feedback, which will help shape our planning application.”
The police station was initially offered for sale in 2010 but was one of 10 dramatically taken off the market by Mr Hurley in January last year.
He said, shortly after assuming office in November 2012, that the market situation had "changed considerably" and that the delay would give the PCC an opportunity to achieve maximum value.
The station’s public front counter and the Safer Neighbourhood team relocated to the council offices in October 2010, although a number of specialist teams remain at the station.
A spokesman for Mr Hurley said the parties were finalising minor contractual issues, with a view to exchange in the next few days. Completion could be a further 12 to 18 months away.
The spokesman said: “There are two specialist technical teams left at Camberley station. These teams serve the whole county – options are being considered for their future location.
“The most likely scenario is they will move to Surrey Police HQ at Mount Browne, in Guildford, although this is not yet confirmed."
He added that there would be no impact on local policing services.