Key dates and activities

The Brightwells Regeneration Scheme, now known as Brightwells Yard, is expected to bring a new lease of life to Farnham Town Centre.

The finished development will make the area a hub for leisure and evening entertainment, with a new six-screen Reel cinema and a variety of restaurants.

This will complement the extension of Farnham’s retail offer with a new 25-unit retail centre anchored by Marks and Spencer Simply Food.

The development has a phased opening from Spring 2021 and will be fully complete by Autumn 2022. When it opens, Brightwells Yard will also provide 239 new homes, bringing much-needed housing to the town.

Programme of work 

The first element of this exciting project is to build a temporary access bridge.  The bridge is designed to reduce traffic disruption during the works as it allows construction traffic to come straight off the A31 and not go through the town. The dual lane is temporary and will go across the River Wey to avoid any potential buildup of traffic on the A31.  There will also be a pedestrian underpass.

Work has started on the scheme and Dogflud Car Park and the car park in front of the Marlborough Head have closed. Signage directs the  Riverside 3 Car Park, however there are a number of other car parks in Farnham. Two additional disabled parking spaces will be added to the Leisure Centre Car Park and five additional spaces to South Street Car Park. 

Key activities

Summer 2018

Formal hoarding was put up around the development and some pathways around the site rerouted. New access routes will be created within the completed scheme.

Works to prepare the site for the main build, including drainage and utility service diversions also took place.

Autumn 2018

Construction of the site’s temporary access bridge is now underway. This bridge will enable construction traffic to access the site directly from the A31, avoiding smaller town centre roads over the course of the works.

Beginning in October, one lane of the A31 will be closed for the duration of the bridge works, and will reopen when these are complete - expected to be in time for Christmas.

The access bridge will be removed at the end of the scheme, and a new pedestrian footbridge over the River Wey will then be installed in the same location. The footbridge forms part of the new landscaping plans, incorporating pedestrian friendly routes throughout the scheme, with links to open areas including a Town Square and Public Gardens.

The footpath that runs behind Dogflud Car Park, between South Street and the Leisure Centre, is now closed and has been re-routed. From 6 August until March 2019, Borelli Walk will also be closed to enable a construction access bridge to be built, minimising construction traffic in the town centre. The map shows the diversions for pedestrians.

Notice of footpath closure


Construction of the main scheme.

The development has a phased opening from Spring 2021 and will be fully complete by Autumn 2022.

Planning applications

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

Development agreement

Download the signed Brightwells development agreement.

More information

Page owner: Michelle Morley. Last updated: 14/09/2018 16:39