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Step forward for multi-million pound Slyfield regeneration

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Step forward for multi-million pound Slyfield regeneration

Published at 6:00am 25th March 2018. (Updated at 8:04am 25th March 2018)

A major redevelopment of the Slyfield area of Guildford, which could see up to 1,500 new homes built, has taken a step forward.

The Slyfield Area Regenration Project (SARP) has been selected to progress through to the next stage of the Government's new National Housing Infrastructure Fund.

It offers funding to local authorities on a competitive basis, for infrastructure to support up to 100,00 new homes.

Surrey County Council submitted the £52.3m Slyfield bid on behalf of Guildford Borough Council, which is now in the co-development stage of the process, ahead of the final funding decision.

The project would see the existing Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works onto a former landfill site, and the repositioning of the Council's Operational Services Depot.

This would allow building of up to 1,500 new homes on available brownfield land.

MP for Guildford, Anne Milton is backing the bid and told Eagle: "I think it will be very important, it's an area that is close to the middle of the town and it desperately needs some regeneration.

"I think it would be a very positive thing for the local area.

"I've been working on it for many years with local residents, there's a group of very supportive people and we want to make sure that what we do there is right."

45 areas have been shortlisted for government investment, including Guildford.

Cllr Matt Furniss, Lead Councillor for Infrastructure and Governance, said: “We welcome the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s announcement that the Slyfield Area Regeneration Project (SARP) has been selected to progress through to the co-development stage of the competitive Housing Infrastructure Fund process.

"The project is a major urban regeneration scheme encompassing the relocation of the existing Thames Water Sewage Treatment Works onto a former landfill site and the repositioning of the Council’s Operational Services Depot.
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 "Significant remediation and critical infrastructure works are required to unlock this major housing scheme enabling the delivery of up to 1500 homes, potentially making a significant contribution to Guildford’s growing housing need.

"SARP is designated as a Housing Zone by Homes England and is identified as a strategic development site within the emerging Local Plan."

 

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