Site allocated, in the Local Plan Policy A5 for a comprehensive mixed use redevelopment. Key elements include
1) Approximately 41,000 sq m (gross) comparison retail floorspace or a figure that is consistent with subsequent updates to the Guildford Retail and Leisure studies
2) Approximately 6,000 sq m food and drink establishments
3) Approximately 400 homes
4)1 gym (D2)
5) Office provision - retain a minimum of 5,500 sq m of existing office floorspace
Development must respond to the context set by the surrounding street pattern and historic environment, including the adjacent Conservation Area, through the need for high quality design and materials, with particular care of massing, heights and roofscapes
Design to enhance and respond to the existing historic shopping core and;
(a) Improve connectivity with High Street and lanes, and
(b) Improve underused areas, and
(c) Improve the public realm
(5) Provide a varied roofscape, minimising the impact on the skyline
to protect views in and out of the site
(6) Mix day and night time uses to add to vitality of area
(7) 24 hour access to public streets and squares
Bus interchange facilities presently provided at Guildford bus station on the site are to be provided in a suitable alternative arrangement to be located either partly or wholly on or off site.
Mitigation measures, including those achieving modal shift to sustainable modes of transport, to accommodate the increased travel demand from the development, and changes to the town centre network for private traffic, deliveries, and buses
St Edward, a joint venture between the Berkeley Group and M&G Investments, has annouced that it will be sharing early ideas, started in December 2020, for the delivery of a new bus station, high quality new homes, a mixture of flexible commercial spaces and fantastic new public realm on the site.
St Edward will be hosting a series of online sessions, starting in December December for people to listen in and ask questions to the team, including the developer’s architects JTP. Note you must register on the website. The session will also be recorded and posted on their dedicated website for those unable to attend the live meeting. See Press Release
You can register for events and see plans, ideas and proposals at www.northstreetregeneration.co.uk, as well as sign up to newsletters for information updates.
The scope of the development is reduced from the original Local Plan Policy and it now excludes:
> Existng Friary Site
> Sanofi House
> Barclays Bank, Norwich House etc on North Street.
With the downturn in retail space demand the site will be primarily residential with up to 850 dwellings being discussed. --- source Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Scoping Report 2019 submitted by St Edward.
First ideas have been presented 15-12-2020. The video of this event (1.30hrs) is at www.northstreetregeneration.co.uk,
A few key images of the plans have been 'grabbed' from the video and can be viewed here
The Society will examing proposals to understand:
The Society views North Street as a key site for the town centre. We need a quality development that enhances the town. The site has been empty for many years, but we must guard against having the wrong development built just to do something.
St Edward conducted a first round of consultation in December 2020. This was conducted by a webinar due to Covid. Over 1000 responses have been received. These responses have now been summarised. The Developers are planning on bringing forward amended plans with it is to be hoped more detail in a few weeks time.
You can read the summary of the responses here
The Diagram below taken from the St Edwards Site shows the site and its height profile, it has a pronouced slope. The colouration shows potentail heights on the site in comparison to surrounding buildings.
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