Released on 05 March 2012
Camberley is emerging strongly from the recession and much has already been done in recent years to improve the town. This includes the redevelopment of Park Street, the opening of the Atrium in 2008, and the formation of Collectively Camberley Business Improvement District (BID) in 2011. But to make Camberley the best town in its class, there is yet more to be done, and now the Council is asking for the views of residents and businesses before putting ambitious plans for the future in place.
Surrey Heath Borough Council is putting forward proposals designed to re-invigorate and improve Camberley Town Centre up to the year 2028. From today (Monday 5 March) until Monday 23 April local people and businesses have the opportunity to have their say on the proposed development of the Town Centre.
Last month the council published a document called The Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan - Issues and Options Consultation Document which includes proposals for how the town should develop over the next 15 years. Included in the plan are recommendations on a number of key areas including:
- New homes - the aim is to provide up to 200 homes in Camberley Town Centre
- Improved transport connections and accessibility to the town
- Extra retail space, with new shops providing new jobs
- Redevelopment of the London Road (A30) frontage, the gateway to the town
- Improved pedestrian accessibility
- Improvements to public spaces
People can find out more by viewing or downloading the Camberley Town Centre (AAP) Summary leaflet at www.surreyheath.gov.uk/ctcaap. Those without internet access can view the information at Surrey Heath libraries and the council offices on Knoll Road.
The Council is encouraging people to get involved by filling in the online response form or submitting comments via post to: Planning Policy and Conservation, Surrey Heath Borough Council, Surrey Heath House, Knoll Road, Camberley GU15 3HD.
Views can also be given using the interactive mapping on www.surreyheath.gov.uk/ctcaap. This will allow users to click on specific parts of the town centre and leave comments.
There will also be a public exhibition in Main Square in the Mall Shopping Centre Camberley from Tuesday 6 March until Saturday 10 March. Planning Officers will be on hand to speak to between 12 and 2.30pm. After 10 March the exhibition will be moved into the Surrey Heath Museum on Knoll Road, Camberley where it will remain until the consultation closes on Monday 23 April.
In addition you can receive the latest updates by following @ctcaap on Twitter or search for Camberley Town Centre on Facebook.
Councillor Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council, said: "Camberley Town Centre is very popular with Surrey Heath residents, and we have a thriving business community. Their thoughts and opinions are vital to this consultation as we want to create the sort of town centre that is suited to them and has the shops and facilities they want.
"Camberley is their town and I am urging them to take this opportunity to help shape an exciting and prosperous future."