We last wrote about the outline planning application to redevelop the Working Men’s Club in Obelisk Way back in May. But it’s high time that we recorded that the application has been approved. It’s for:
“…the erection of a four storey building comprising Use Class A1-A5 on the ground floor and 16 residential units (Use Class C) on the three upper floors (with access, layout and scale to be considered and appearance and landscaping being reserved matters) following the demolition of existing buildings.”
AND NEW INFORMATION…
The borough council has just made the following announcement:
“the council has completed the purchase of the freehold of the House of Fraser and NatWest building in Camberley town centre for £17.6m.
“Following last month’s £86m acquisition of the Capital and Regional town centre property portfolio, which included much of The Mall Shopping Centre, this latest purchase is an important part of the Council’s strategy to deliver on its key priority of regenerating Camberley town centre.
“The Council bought the property at 45-51 Park Street, which currently houses NatWest and House of Fraser, from the M & G Property Portfolio, in a deal funded through local government borrowing.
“Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, said: “This latest purchase is further evidence of the Council’s commitment to invest in Camberley, and gain control of strategically important assets to drive regeneration of the town centre.””
We wonder what part the NatWest building plays in the council’s regeneration plans. We’ve not seen it – or the House of Fraser – mentioned in this context before. But we can well imagine that the House of Fraser could quit Camberley, and leave the building ready for conversion into flats. After all, the top floor of HoF has been unused for years, and the various HoF stores that we know seem to be unloved and gradually getting shabbier.