Old Camberley police station to be knocked down for homes

Planning officers voted unanimously to approve the proposal at a meeting on Monday, despite worries about the number of affordable homes on the site

Planning chiefs have given permission for Camberley’s former police station to be pulled down for housing.

The three-storey building in Portesbery Road, built in 1970, has been vacant since Surrey Police moved officers into the nearby headquarters of Surrey Heath Borough Council in 2011.

Plans by CALA Homes to demolish the police station and other buildings, and build 35 homes on the site were unanimously backed by members of the borough council’s planning committee on Monday (September 14).

The only stumbling block was the number of affordable homes the development would contain, but councillors were told the developer had agreed to increase this from four to six homes.

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CALA Homes wants to demolish the old police station in Portesbery Road

The station will be replaced with a three-storey block of nine flats and a mix of two-storey and three-storey semi-detached and terraced houses, ranging from one to five bedrooms.

There are also plans for 63 parking spaces.

There were 14 letters of objection from residents claiming the ‘size and position of the development would dominate adjacent properties and adversely change the character of Portesbery Road’.

Objectors said Portesbery Road already suffered from congestion due to shoppers, and extra homes would only increase the traffic problem.

They said the amount of parking spaces proposed was inadequate and the development would rob neighbouring Portesbery School of its overflow parking area.

Source: GetSurrey

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