The council owns three prime sites in Godalming including The Burys office building, Crown Court Car Park and the Wharf Car Park.
This project is looking to support the council’s strategic priorities in the Corporate Plan by utilising these assets.
The current council office building is expensive to heat and maintain and we know we need to spend around £3m on repairs and maintenance just to keep the building useable over the next 10 years.
We have no identified funding for these costs and doing nothing is no longer an option. Given the urgency of addressing this issue, we are looking at how we could maximise the value of our land assets in central Godalming to fund regeneration in the town centre.
Our initial options appraisals have indicated that it is not viable to build housing on The Burys site. All of the options that were assessed as viable from both a planning and financial perspective, involved building low-density housing on Crown Court and Wharf Road car parks, retaining around a third of the public car parking spaces at Crown Court and replacing the remainder of parking on The Burys site.
This would enable us to re-develop The Burys site, build affordable, social and market housing on the brownfield sites at Crown Court and Wharf Road car parks, and to use the rental or sale of market housing to fund the project.
Please note that The Burys site does not include The Burys Field, which there are no plans to develop.