Key dates and activities

The Brightwells Farnham Regeneration Scheme at East Street will bring a vibrant new dimension to Farnham. New shops, restaurants, leisure and community facilities, including a cinema, will provide attractions for all age groups within the town.  

It will also bring major community benefits to residents, visitors and local businesses. An unconditional agreement between Waverley Borough Council and Crest Nicholson was signed on 16 February 2018 and work has begun. 

Programme of work 

The first element of this exciting project is to build a temporary access bridge to enable construction traffic to come straight off the A31 and not through the town during the construction phase; designed to reduce traffic disruption during the works.

The developer has secured permission to build a single access bridge but has submitted a further planning application seeking planning permission to provide a dual lane temporary construction access bridge across the River Wey to avoid any potential buildup of traffic on the A31, and a pedestrian underpass. You can view all the current planning applications relating to Brightwells:

  • WA/2018/0544 – dual bridge application
  • SO/2018/0003 – request for screening opinion for bridge application
  • WA/2018/0308 – bat pole application
  • NMA/2018/0039 – non material amendment to amend condition 35 relating to bat mitigation measures
  • NMA/2018/0049 –non material amendment to amend condition to relating to phasing plans

Key activities

We will add further dates once they are confirmed, please be advised that these dates are subject to change.

  Tree clearance has taken place along the A31 and in Dogflud car park and the site is now being prepared to make way for the scheme.
Late May/June

Closure of Dogflud Car Park and Green parking

Archaeological digs will start from 28 May in Dogflud Car Park. For this to take place, we will close Dogflud Car Park and the Green car park in front of the Marlborough Head.

Signage has been placed in the car park and directional signage will also be installed to direct drivers to Riverside 3.  There are a number of other car parks in Farnham for alternative parking.

Two additional disabled parking spaces will be added to the Leisure Centre Car Park and five additional spaces to South Street Car Park. 

Hoardings will also go up around the areas where the archaeological digs are taking place.

Late May/June

Re-routing of footpaths. Further information will be provided on footpath diversions which include:

  • Borelli Walk - footpath crossing works in South Street commence on 18 June, at which time the Borelli Walk footpath will be diverted.
    There will be a period of no access to Borelli Walk from late November onwards during the construction of the bridge. Full diversion signage will be in place for pedestrians.
  • Footpath by Leisure Centre will be diverted from 6 August, front and rear access to the leisure centre will remain at all times.
Summer 2018 Formal hoarding to go up around the whole site. Works continue to prepare the site for the main build, including drainage and utility service diversions.
Summer 2018 Start to build the bridge. The bridge should be completed by early 2019.
2019 Construction of the main scheme - completion expected spring 2021.

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Page owner: Michelle Morley. Last updated: 03/05/2018 16:06