Plans for more than 100 new homes, shops, restaurants and a cinema in Egham have been approved by Runnymede Borough Council's planning committee this week - launching a major growth programme for the town centre.
Known as Egham Gateway West, it is being managed by development and placemaking specialist Places for People, in partnership with the Council as part of the wider Runnymede Regeneration Programme.
The development will provide a new gateway to the town centre, from Egham Rail Station, Station Road North and Church Road to the south and Grange Road and High Street to the west.
The plans include 28 affordable homes for rent and six shared ownership homes, as well as 23 properties for sale and 44 for open market rent. A student accommodation block will offer 100 study bedrooms.
Cllr Nick Prescot, Leader of Runnymede Borough Council, said: "The new homes, shops and entertainment which will be created in Egham through this substantial and ambitious plan will deliver a significant boost for the north of the borough.
"The commitment to affordable and shared homes is absolutely key toCllr Nick Prescot, Leader of the Council
the Council's aim of supporting local people and creating a vibrant town."
Cllr Prescot added: "The student accommodation is essential for the viability of the scheme, and when it's occupied, I'm sure local businesses will see the benefit. It will also support the renowned Royal Holloway, University of London, as it continues to grow and educate more young people."
A new four screen Everyman cinema will feature within the plans, extending the town's cultural and entertainment attractions. The national boutique operator has confirmed it will open a four screen cinema on the corner of Station Road North and Church Road.
There will also be retail and restaurant units, a food convenience store and a new public square.
Ensuring the development is sympathetic to its surroundings, the new scheme will be in keeping with the local aesthetic, while an existing building on Church Road will also be sensitively restored to create offices and workspaces.
Site clearance works will commence from Autumn 2019 with the main building works set to complete in late summer 2021.
Rick Lawrence, Partnerships Director at Places for People said: "We are delighted to have secured planning permission on behalf of the Council for this development which will help transform Egham and bring new homes, amenities and green spaces to the local community.
"We have worked hard since our public consultation last year to incorporate the views of local people to deliver a scheme which will truly benefit everyone.
The revitalisation of Egham Gateway West is an exciting part of the wider Runnymede Regeneration Programme - a partnership between Places for People, Runnymede Borough Council and the community; together we can now deliver something that everyone can be proud of."
Egham Gateway West is one of several phases of the Runnymede Regeneration Programme - Runnymede Borough Council's £200m investment and redevelopment initiative which will transform the local area.
The Runnymede Regeneration Programme will see several sites redeveloped across the borough over the next eight to 13 years. This includes the new Egham Orbit leisure centre that opened in February 2019 and the Addlestone One development housing Waitrose, Premier Inn, shops and restaurants.