On Tuesday 17th July, Crest Nicholson held a briefing for local councillors as work gets underway on the long awaited Brightwells Regeneration Scheme.

Leader of Waverley Borough Council, Councillor Julia Potts welcomed the Crest Nicholson project team, who presented an update on the development to over 30 councillors from both Waverley Borough and Farnham Town Councils.

The briefing was held to coincide with works starting on the site. Archaeological digs were completed in June ahead of time, with no items of real historic interest discovered.
Hoarding is currently being installed around the development site, replacing the existing heras fencing. It will take some months for hoarding to be fully installed around the whole site, due to the size of the perimeter.

In early August, work will begin on the access bridge from the A31 for construction traffic to enter the site, thus avoiding the smaller town centre roads. It is expected that the bridge will be completed in early October. One lane of the A31 will be closed for the duration of the works to construct the bridge, and will reopen when the bridge and highway works are complete. Borelli Walk will also reopen by January 2019, when the Bridge and highways works are completed. The bridge will be removed at the end of the scheme, and a new pedestrian footbridge over the River Wey will then be installed in the same location.

The 30 unit retail centre, incorporating a cinema and restaurants is expected to open in 2021, with first homes being available from December 2020. Affordable housing will be a key part of the scheme, with 30% affordable housing to be delivered by Crest Nicholson for Thames Valley Housing Association.

A website is currently being developed to provide regular, updated information about progress on site.

Chris Tinker, Chairman of Major Projects and Strategic Partnerships said:
“We are pleased to begin work on the much anticipated Brightwells Regeneration Scheme in Farnham. A large part of the work we undertake is in partnership with local Councils, supporting the regeneration of towns and cities, and we are looking forward to working closely with Waverley Borough Council, Farnham Town Council and our other local partners to make a real difference to Farnham.”

Julia Potts, Leader of Waverley Borough Council said:
I am delighted the scheme has now begun and we can move forward with our plans to transform an underused part of Farnham into a vibrant community space that we can all be proud of.

I believe this scheme is right for Farnham.  It will not only benefit the town and its residents by providing a desirable place to live, work and socialise; it will also benefit the whole of Waverley by supporting the local economy and generating income for the council.

The council and Crest are both committed to engaging with the local community as work progresses and I am really looking forward to the scheme taking shape over the coming months and years.

For more information about Crest Nicholson’s plans for Farnham Brightwells, please contact:
Chelsea Reilly, Community Liaison Officer by emailing community@brightwellsfarnham.co.uk

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