Crest Nicholson, developer of Brightwells in Farnham’s East Street, is to hold a public exhibition of the development in the first week of September.
The exhibition will be held in the Farnham Herald’s shop unit facing onto Lion & Lamb Yard on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September. The exact times are yet to be confirmed but will include morning and afternoon on both days and will open into the early evening on Thursday.
The exhibition in September will give local people the first of many opportunities to see the scheme and provide an opportunity to discuss the details directly with Crest Nicholson’s development team. This exhibition comes after the recent door-to-door leaflet about the development that was distributed throughout Farnham.
Councillor Adam Taylor-Smith, Waverley Borough Council’s portfolio holder for major projects and economic development, said: “Our recent leaflet on the Brightwells development triggered a very positive response, with many people saying that they are looking forward to seeing the site redeveloped and the opening of the new Odeon cinema. The scheme is vital for ensuring the continued vitality of the centre of Farnham and will bring other benefits, which is why we are working hard to ensure that residents are kept informed. This exhibition will give people the opportunity to speak directly to Crest Nicholson and learn more about the development. It will also help to dispel the many myths about the scheme.
“The generosity of the Farnham Herald in offering its Lion & Lamb Yard shop unit for this event should be particularly applauded.”
Waverley Borough Council’s planning committee recently agreed to extend the planning permission for the development.
A Crest Nicholson spokesman said: “The development will bring many benefits for Farnham’s town centre, including a new multiplex cinema, housing, shops and restaurants, as well as an attractively landscaped new town square and gardens.
“We already have Odeon Cinema and Marks & Spencer signed up and we are pleased to announce that Ask Restaurants have now committed to the scheme. We hope to announce a number of further retailers and restaurant operators in the coming months.
Over the course of the next 12 months, Crest Nicholson will undertake all the necessary technical preparations and, subject to the Secretary of State’s confirmation of the Council’s compulsory purchase order for the remaining plots of land, expects to appoint a contractor and start construction work next year. The anticipated completion of the development is in 2015.