Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Camberley Town Centre

9.18 Camberley Town Centre is identified as a secondary regional centre and is the principal shopping centre in Surrey Heath. Surrey Heath Borough Council is now a major landowner in the town centre and owns The Square and the area known as the London Road Block. A £7million refurbishment of The Square is being undertaken and proposals for the redevelopment of the London Road Block are in progress. The Council has been awarded a £3.5 million grant from the Local Enterprise Partnership for improvements to the public realm in Camberley Town Centre.

9.19 The boundary of the town centre is drawn hard up against the residential area to the west. The London Road (A 30) to the north and the railway line to the south form logical physical boundaries to the Town Centre. The northern boundary includes properties around the Knoll Road junction that may be affected by any future highway improvements. The boundary to the east includes the former St Tarciccius school site which has now been developed for housing.

9.20 The Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) adopted in 2014 sets out policies for the Town Centre. It is proposed that these polices, with amendments to reflect the most up to date information on sites, are carried forward into the new Local Plan.

View the Camberley Town Centre AAP, located on the Council's website.

Preferred Local Area Policy Approach for Camberley Town Centre

The preferred approach seeks to carry forward policies in the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan by having a policy that:

Housing

  • Allocates the following sites for housing or mixed use development
    • Ashwood House for up to 116 dwellings
    • London Road Block for circa 336 dwellings
    • Land East of Knoll Road for circa 100 dwellings
    • Camberley Station for at least 60 dwellings
  • Ensures other development sites that may come forward reflect the character of the area, in particular the Victorian and Edwardian character of the High Street,
  • Seeks development along the A30 to provide opportunities to enhance the A30 Green Corridor by the use of appropriate landscaping

Retail and Employment

  • Sets the Primary and Secondary retail boundaries in Camberley Town Centre
  • Sets out a shop frontage and signage policy to reflect the character of the Town centre
  • Sets out a policy for the High Street Character Area
  • Sets out a general design policy for the Town Centre
  • Sets out a policy for public realm improvements
  • Sets out a policy to retain business floorspace
  • Sets out a policy for potential uses on rear service roads

Leisure and Culture

  • Sets out a policy which seeks to retain leisure and community uses and facilities

Green Spaces

  • Allocates the following Green Space:
  • Camberley Park

Transport

  • Promotes pedestrian priority in Camberley High Street
  • Improves pedestrian routes between Pembroke Broadway and Princess Way, Pembroke Broadway and the rail station, between High Street and Knoll Road and connections to Camberley Park from Knoll Road and Portesbery Road
  • Seeks improvements to Camberley station as part of any station redevelopment scheme.
  • Supports the A30 improvements at the Meadows and the following Junctions
  • Junction of London Road with Knoll Road and Kings Ride, Junction of London Road with Park Street, Junction of Knoll Road and Portesbery Road, Junction of High Street with Portesbery Road
  • Supports Surrey County Council's Gold Grid bid in respect of improvements to bus transport to improve accessibility to the Town Centre

Development will also need to have regard to the general polices in the Local Plan and to the Residential Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document and the Western Urban Area Character Supplementary Planning Document.

Alternative Approach to Policies for Camberley Town Centre

To not carry forward the policies in the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP) and retain the AAP as a separate Development Plan Document.