Frequently Asked Questions

What is currently happening on site?

Demolition works are underway across the Brightwells Yard site, allowing basements to be excavated for new building foundations. As part of these works, Brightwells Cottage and the Redgrave Theatre have been taken down. Demolition works are expected to be complete at the beginning of May.

Sheet piling will be installed during the last week in March, and we will do all we can to keep disruption from this essential work to a minimum. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued patience.

Why is there a public footpath diversion?

Borelli Walk closed in August 2018 for the construction access bridge to be installed safely, it is scheduled to reopen on Friday 29th March.

What impact will the development have on parking in Farnham?

Dogflud Car Park and the Green Parking area have been closed to enable works, and Waverley Borough Council have extended parking at Riverside 2 and 3 (Mike Hawthorn Way, GU9 7UQ) 395 spaces.

South Street Car Park has also benefited from five new disabled parking spaces.

When complete, the Brightwells development will provide a new multi-storey car park and over 400 new car parking spaces.

For full, current information on the car parks in Farnham, visit: www.waverley.gov.uk

What impact will the development have on traffic in Farnham?

Brightwells Yard includes an element of highways works, which have been agreed with Surrey County Council as the highway authority, in order to minimise congestion at the end of the scheme.

  • Work begins in autumn 2019 to part-pedestrianise East Street, traffic will be diverted to the Woolmead loop road which will become two-way
  • Improvement works begin on Brightwells Road and the South Street junction during spring 2020

Why has the bridge been built?

The temporary bridge allows construction traffic to enter the site without travelling through Farnham Town Centre. The bridge will reduce disruption from construction traffic during the works, preventing additional increases to traffic in the Town Centre.

Which retailers are signed up?

Current retailers legally committed to Brightwells Yard are Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Ask, Seasalt and Reel Cinemas. Given the early phase of the development, this is an ordinary level of lettings, and Crest Nicholson will be using the successful marketing strategy they have used on commercial aspects of many developments elsewhere to fill the units over time.

What are the Section 106 contributions for the development?

A Section 106 is a legal agreement between the developer and the planning authority, which is Waverley Borough Council. The purpose of a section 106 is to mitigate the impact of a new development on the existing community. Crest Nicholson have contributed in excess of £3 million towards infrastructure and community assets.

  • £100,000 towards traffic reduction in the town centre
  • £275,000 for the County Council’s park and stride scheme
  • £47,000 for travel vouchers or cycle provision
  • £64,000 for the provision of CCTV Security
  • £100,000 for the provision of new public art
  • £322,000 towards new sport and leisure experiences
  • £751,000 to fund the delivery of education in Farnham
  • £35,000 to support the future of library provision in Farnham creation of over 800 new jobs
  • £474,000 to enhance the green space and open up the natural environment
  • £800,000 towards the refurbished Memorial Hall the restoration of the Grade II listed Brightwells House

When will Brightwells Yard be completed?

The scheme will be completed in 2022, however, it is a phased opening with some completions as early as spring 2021.

  • The retail centre, including Marks and Spencer Simply Food, and town square opening will take place from spring 2021
  • Reel cinema will be finished in summer 2021
  • Between the spring of 2021 and spring of 2022, the residential units will be complete

Please see the development timeline for further information.

Is there an impact on local businesses?

Brightwells Yard should not impact on Farnham Town Centre. Businesses in the surrounding areas, such as those on Cambridge Place, East Street and the leisure centre, remain open for business throughout construction of Brightwells Yard. For information about car parking when visiting Farnham, please see the relevant FAQ.

Does Brightwells Yard include the Woolmead?

Brightwells Yard is being developed by Crest Nicholson and is separate to the nearby Woolmead development, which is led by Berkeley Homes. Brightwells Yard includes the area south of East Street, please see the masterplan for further information. If you would like to access the relevant planning applications for either scheme, please visit www.waverley.gov.uk

Is there any affordable housing at Brightwells Yard?

The delivery of 72 shared ownership affordable homes means that 30 percent of the homes in this new development will be affordable housing. Shared ownership will provide first time buyers with the opportunity to buy locally while the remaining homes will be delivered by Crest Nicholson for open market sale. The affordable homes will be delivered by Crest Nicholson for Thames Valley Housing Association.

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