Plans for Camberley town centre’s future revealed

The latest document will go out for consultation for a period of four weeks, during which time anyone can read the ideas and make comments on the plans.

The regeneration of Camberley town centre has taken a step forward with the release of a public document outlining plans for key areas, including the possible pedestrianisation of the High Street and an anchor store for London Road.

Members of the Surrey Heath Borough Council executive met on Tuesday evening to discuss the next stage of the regeneration of the town centre.

The Camberley Town Centre Masterplan and Public Realm Strategy Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) outlines important areas and explores how Camberley will look as a whole, in particular the High Street and Park Street.

It supplements the Area Action Plan (AAP), which was adopted by the council in July last year and focused on the amount of development to take place and where this would happen.

The latest document will go out for consultation for a period of four weeks, during which time organisations, residents groups and businesses, as well as individual members of the public can read the ideas and make comments on the plans.

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Potential of London Road

Councillor Moira Gibson, leader of the borough council, said: “We have worked on this document for the last three to four months.

“It will go out to consult-ation and will put forward exciting ideas.

“After the four-week period we will look at comments to decide what we want to do, and then create a final draft that will come to the executive for approval.

“The document will become a design statement that will support the AAP and outlines what we will request when development takes places in the town centre.”

The key areas outlined in the document include Pem-broke Broadway, Park Street, High Street and London Road. It also outlines ideas for street furniture and two options of pedestrianisation of the High Street, with one option to pedestrianise the northern section of the road, and the other to ped-estrianise the full extent of the High Street.

London Road is seen as a major opportunity to increase the town’s retail offer and the plan is to introduce a new anchor store to transform its character.

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London Road today

Keith Bush, Surrey Heath Borough councillor for West End, said: “I am urging people to submit their comments and views on the draft supplementary planning document to help further shape Camberley town centre for the future.

“The supplementary planning document will add detail to the guidance outlined within the Camberley town centre Area Action Plan and will establish key parameters for each development site, while adding benefits to the town centre.”

Source: GetSurrey

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