A few weeks ago, we posted an item saying that the outlook for the redevelopment of Camberley’s ‘London Road Block’ was depressing. http://wp.me/p3Dlu2-1Lk
This view seems to be supported by recent events. The Mall has objected formally to a proposed extension to Farnborough’s Princes Mead, saying – according to the local paper – that “sites in Camberley town centre were more suited for the development”. But the agent for the Farnborough scheme apparently responded “The Mall…[is] formulating a development scheme for [Camberley] town centre. [However, The Mall’s objection] provides no realistic timeframe for that said development, it does not indicate the quantum and type of floorspace proposed, and it does not indicate the proposed mix of uses.”
Taking the newspaper report at face value, it could be that The Mall was vague about its plans deliberately. Indeed, we hope that this was the case, otherwise it appears that the London Road Block redevelopment might still be at an early stage. It could be a long time coming….
Maybe the borough council should be starting to ask residents what they would like to see as a ‘Plan B’? Do we now have an opportunity to resolve the nine-year saga of replacing Arena leisure centre? http://wp.me/p3Dlu2-1pe Possibly an opportunity to move and co-locate the library and museum – in a more up-to-date format, of course? (Knoll Road is turning into a residential road, even thought the borough council didn’t plan it, so it’s no longer such an obvious location for community and commercial facilities). Flats, shops and a small town square to fill the rest of the London Road Block site.
Town centres are going to be more about leisure and pleasure and less about retail than at present: why not recognise this and get ahead of the game?