Farnham as a destination
The vision for Brightwells Yard is to bring a new heart to Farnham, to complement The Borough and Castle and West Streets. It also brings much-needed housing right into the town centre, providing the most access to local services. Together, these will allow Farnham to better compete against other local retail centres, and retain more spend in the town.
The 25 retail units will bring increased activity and footfall to the town in the daytime, while the six-screen cinema and restaurants will give shoppers another reason to stay in Farnham and spend their money locally into the evening.
Exciting brands coming to Brightwells Yard include Marks & Spencer Simply Food and Reel Cinemas. Details of all the brands currently committed to Brightwells Yard can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Along with a smart town square with al fresco dining area and public gardens, 239 new homes will also be created in Brightwells Yard. The new housing will include 72 affordable homes, to be delivered by Crest Nicholson for Thames Valley Housing Association.
With a new multi-storey car park and over 400 new car parking spaces, Brightwells Yard will be easily accessible for anyone wanting to visit Farnham. In addition to this, Waverley Borough Council have built Riverside 2 and 3 with a total of 395 new parking spaces for the duration of the scheme. Riverside 2 is a permanent car park, bringing the total of new public car parking spaces to 382. The creation of 800 new jobs, additional shops, restaurants and a cinema, means that Brightwells will bring a hive of activity to Farnham in the evening as well as the daytime.
With Farnham Town Centre already under pressure from traffic, the Brightwells Yard development aims to improve traffic flows at the busy Royal Deer Junction by part-pedestrianisation of East Street and a new two-way traffic system behind The Woolmead. New footways will seamlessly link Brightwells Yard with the rest of the Town Centre, from East Street right down to the River Wey.