We are investing in the housing at Ockford Ridge, Godalming to enhance it for the benefit of its existing residents and future generations.  We are committed to working with the community at Ockford Ridge to refurbish homes that are going to be retained, rebuild homes and create new homes for local people.  This will be delivered through ongoing conversation, consultation and community engagement.

Download the October 2018 Ockford Ridge Newsletter (PDF)

Plans for redevelopment 

Detailed planning permission has been granted for phase one of the scheme, known as site D which covers numbers 45 - 52 Ockford Ridge. This area will have 16 new homes comprising of six 1-bed flats, four 2-bed flats, two 2-bed houses, two 3-bed houses and two 4-bed houses.

Outline planning permission has been granted for the rest of the scheme, which includes building 82 new homes, improving Ridge Walk and redeveloping the Village Green. Planning permission for future phases will be applied for as the development progresses.

The project is part of Waverley's £7 million investment in its housing stock. Waverley intends to make the majority of the new homes available for rent. The redevelopment will also see the refurbishment of more than 80 other homes at Ockford Ridge.  

View the Planning Application Record online: WA/2014/0932.

Redevelopment update

Pre-development works: site A

1. Soft-strip and ecological assessment along the site boudary: January 2018

This work involves identifying whether any animals, birds, or reptiles are present on the site prior to initial stripping of surface vegetation.  Our licensed ecologist, BL Ecology, will inspect and remove any species found.

Following this, our groudworks contractor will remove residual hedging, small trees and reduce mounded soil on our boundary that is within the council's ownership so that a clear, level area can be created for the erection of site fencing.

2. Erection of new close-boarded fencing: January 2018

The council has decided to erect close-boarded fencing around this site rather than traditional hoarding style plywood fencing.  This will make the site more attractive to view during building works.  Fencing will be constructed to a height of 1.8m, set on concrete posts and gravel boards.  Some parts of the site cannot be fenced at this stage since there are level differences.  These small sections will be completed by the appointed building firm.  A temporary hoarding will be erected in these areas to maintain safety and security of the site.

3. Archaeological watching brief

During the demolition works, our retained archaeologist, Surrey County Archaeological Unit, will be on site to monitor excavations. Trial trenches were dug last year but no artefacts were found. The results of this watching brief will be reported in the community newsletter.

Whilst these pre-development works are taking place, we progress the procurement of the building contractor so that construction can start on site in late 2018.

Refurbishment update

Five properties out of 12 in Phase 1 Refurbishment, are well underway with new steel supports to allow the removal of chimney breasts. New heating and bathroom suites have been installed and first fix electrics with a full skim of plaster throughout. The homes will soon be ready for their first coat of paint with kitchens to follow.  Tenants will move back in phases from February 2018.

The next four properties have been opened up with the usual disposal of old kitchens, bathrooms and relocation of meters when needed.  The final three will be started in early 2018.

Ockford Ridge housing is 80 years old and there nine different property types, making it a very complex project. However, TCL Group, who were recently awarded the contract have already proved that they are well up to the job.

Local Lettings Plan

The Local Lettings Plan sets out the principles for how the new build homes at Ockford Ridge will be allocated.

The purpose of establishing a local lettings plan is to ensure that a balanced and sustainable community at Ockford Ridge is maintained and that tenants who are affected by the redevelopment plans know how the new homes will be allocated.

Read the Local Lettings Plan for Ockford Ridge.  

Answers to your questions

Read the Frequently asked questions about the development at Ockford Ridge.

Contact details for more information about Ockford Ridge

Waverley will continue to seek feedback and talk to residents at every stage of the Ockford Ridge project.

Andrew Smith

Head of Housing Strategy and Delivery

01483 523311


Louisa Blundell

Housing Development Manager

01483 523205


Mark Constable

Housing Development Officer

(Delivery of the refurbishment programme and new build project)

01483 523159


Mark Orosz

Housing Development Officer

01483 523383


Ann French

Housing Development Consultant (Interim)

(Delivery of new build project Site D)

01483 523523


Fiona Stewart

Tenant Liaison Officer

(Supporting tenants who will move as a result of either the new build or refurbishment projects)

01483 523036



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