Wrecclesham Road, Farnham, Surrey
This 1.4 hectare site is an edge-of-town brownfield site in Wrecclesham on the A325 road into Farnham [pop: 38,000]. It was known as Spooner’s Yard, and was home to civil engineering company, AW Spooner & Co, alongside an animal feed business. As such the site comprised a bungalow, portacabins and garages.
The site lies close to the Thames Basin Special Protection Area, and next to water meadows. There are schools, day nurseries, and access to the A31 nearby, and the development is less than a mile from Farnham town centre.
Planning permission for 60 homes was secured in 2007 after six previous applications were refused due to overdevelopment concerns. The developer then decided not to proceed due to the property downturn in 2009 and this then gave Sentinel the opportunity to buy the site.
The development has been split into two phases – the first made up of 32 homes, comprising 25 for rent and 7 for shared ownership. The mix is 16 houses and 16 apartments, made up of 6 x 1 bedroom, 22 x 2 bedroom, and 4 x 3 bedroom homes. It’s expected that these homes will accommodate around 120 people.
Development of the remaining 28 homes in the second phase has been deferred due to market conditions and to assess government funding reforms for affordable homes.
The £6.1m project is funded by £2,495,000 of Government funding via the Homes & Comunities Agency, and the affordable homes will be built by Southampton based TAB Projects.
It is expected the completed development will achieve Secure By Design accreditation.
Access is from the A325 Wrecclesham Road, which is to be slightly reconfigured and a traffic island installed to address local concerns. In addition, Sentinel is handing over £350,000 – for a new pedestrian crossing at the Coxbridge roundabout, local school improvements, and to install play equipment on nearby open space.
Completion date: November 2012 (Phase 1)
Local authority: Waverley Borough Council
Contractor: TAB Projects
Architect: HGP Architects
Employers Agent: Philip Pank Partnership
Numer of homes: 32 all affordable (25 rented and 7 shared ownership)