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Central Godalming Regeneration Project

The council’s headquarters in Godalming is based at the Burys. The building itself is expensive to heat and is in need of upgrading in order to make it fit for the future. Almost £3m worth of repairs and maintenance will be required just to keep our office building useable over the next 10 years. Currently 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.

The council owns three prime sites in Godalming including the Burys, Crown Court Car Park and the Wharf Car Park.  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.

The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that working from home can be effective and in future, some form of hybrid working will be the norm. This means that the council will require significantly fewer workspaces in its headquarters. It is vital that the council takes a holistic view of its property assets, so that it can maximise their value and provide the necessary offices as well as support housing delivery and economic development in Godalming.

Planned redevelopment of the three sites will create a modern, energy efficient office building with a smaller footprint, as well as delivering residential housing (market and affordable) to fund the redevelopment and provide a future revenue stream. This also has the potential to regenerate an underutilised part of the town centre and bring an economic uplift to the area.

There is no plan to move the council’s HQ out of Godalming. This project is about replacing the outdated building and looking at how we can maximise the value of our land assets to fund the redevelopment, generate future income and deliver housing and economic growth locally.

Resident engagement

For the story so far, environmental objectives and future options for this regeneration project, there are project boards on display at the Burys reception which members of the public are invited to come and view throughout the summer which outline the key aims of the project.

We will also be hosting the following drop-in sessions:

  • Friday 30 September at 69 High Street Godalming, 11am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 4 October at 69 High Street Godalming, 11am - 2pm

A webinar will take place in the near future, date to be confirmed.

Have your say!

We strongly encourage residents to give us feedback on what they’d like to see from this regeneration project by filling out the Central Godalming Regeneration Project - Feedback Questionnaire.

Comments and questions are also welcomed by email to: Burysdevelopment@waverley.gov.uk.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs on the Central Godalming Regeneration Project can be viewed below.

Central Godalming Regeneration Project FAQs