7 December 2016
A multi-disciplinary team from WYG has worked with Guildford Borough Council (GBC) to secure a resolution to approve 160 much-needed new homes on the site of a current surface car park in Guildford. The scheme, which also includes a multi storey car park and office space, will provide 64 affordable homes as part of the total. This is over and above the local authority’s policy requirement.
We provided the following services: project & cost management, planning; architecture, urban and landscape design; engineering; heritage; acoustics, air quality and lighting; Code for Sustainable Homes Pre-Assessment; ecology; and transport as part of a full multi-disciplinary service to our client GBC.
Our team overcame a number of challenges; not least the site’s long and narrow nature, and its proximity to railway lines, residential areas and the University of Surrey campus. The team worked up an innovative design to support the scale of development proposed and address this issue of movement through the site. We also managed a thorough consultation process, engaging in formal and informal pre-application meetings with the local community, the Council and the South East Design Review Panel. This resulted in a high quality design response.
Christopher Tennant, Director, Planning from WYG said: “The scheme makes a significant contribution to providing new and affordable homes in the centre of Guildford on a sustainable urban brownfield site. We are delighted to have helped GBC secure this permission.”
Cllr Tony Rooth, Lead Councillor for Housing and Social Welfare says: “WYG has developed a scheme that has exceeded our expectations in terms of what is achievable on this highly constrained site. The provision of new homes, as well as an improved parking facility and commercial space, will allow the site to realise its full potential.”