Published Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Planning permission has been granted to build a new, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly visitors’ centre at Frensham Great Pond and Common.

The decision to grant planning permission for the construction of a new building, car park reconfiguration and the demolition of the existing building was taken at a Southern Planning Committee meeting held on 21 November.

The approval for the work means the Waverley Borough Council invest-to-save scheme, which will enhance Frensham Great Pond and Common for both visitors and the natural wildlife, is one step closer to being completed. The council still needs to seek final Commons Consent approvals in order for work to start and will bid for additional funding to supplement the council’s financial commitment to the scheme, in order for all elements to be completed within budget. 

The project is seeking to upgrade the current site facilities by building a new, modern, sustainable and energy efficient building, known as the Heathland Hub, to house new public toilets, a ranger’s office, an educational and multifunctional room, interactive visitor information area and a new, improved café area, with indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Councillor Jenny Else, Portfolio Holder for Health Wellbeing and Culture, including Parks and Countryside, said: “I am really pleased that our project has been given planning approval and that we are another step closer to our exciting vision for the area coming into being. We still need to gain Commons Consent before any work can start and will be looking to submit this in the coming weeks.

“We will continue to engage with Natural England and The National Trust throughout the duration of this Major project, to ensure that the wildlife flourishes and visitors to the site are able to enjoy this beautiful place with more comfortable and modern amenities.”

The Commons Consent submission and consultation will take place over the festive period. More information will follow in the next few weeks.

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk