Even more flats. (This is becoming a regular headline!)

It’s less than three years since we described a major overhaul of Compass House (the office block on the A30)..


However, a planning application has just been submitted to convert the building into forty one flats.  The applicant says that the conversion falls within ‘General Permitted Development’, which means that it should be approved as long as a limited number of criteria – traffic, noise and a few others – are met.

The application states that 0.8 parking spaces will be available per flat.  This may be acceptable ‘officially’, but is it enough?

Of course, the application, if successful, doesn’t mean that the building will be converted ‘immediately’.  We think that Norwich House at the top of Knoll Road was the subject of a similar application some while ago, but it still appears to be in use as offices.


6 thoughts on “Even more flats. (This is becoming a regular headline!)

  1. I happen to be very familiar with this building. It was formerly used by Nokia before their demise. Its been largely empty for many years, with only one tenant, a software company. It was also refurbed about 10 years ago.
    The rent was extortionate for a building that had major limitations, including the fact the car park shared an access with the atrium car park and one of the offices had only one toilet for a 30 person office. It also needed some maintenance.
    I also know the owner was willing to sell for about £4 million.
    its a sad state of affairs, the town centre needs high quality office space, office workers spend during the day powering the day time economy. Unless more are drawn to the area Camberley will become a sleepy commuter town.

    • Never say never, but I suspect it’s too late. The town used to be full of office-workers at lunch time, but that doesn’t seem to happen any longer. The office blocks on the south side of Pembroke Broadway have gone, the former Siemens building in Knoll Road is now flats. Ashwood House is going the same way. (But I didn’t know that Nokia occupied Compass House as well as Ashwood House. It won’t be long before Nokia’s involvement with mobile phones is forgotten and the company is best known ‘only’ as a manufacturer of winter tyres. )

      • You missed this bit of news David.

        Nokia is back, and this time it’s making the Android phones we’ve always wanted

        Chris Smith @chris_writes
        May 18th, 2016 at 7:47 AM
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        It took eons, but Nokia is finally making the Android phones we always hoped it would make. To get here, Nokia had to lose its grip on the mobile business, choose Windows Mobile as its only smartphone OS, and then sell its entire mobile division to Microsoft. But the American software giant was unable to make anything good come out of its Nokia Lumia and Windows Phone brands, turning the acquisition into a failure of epic proportions.
        Meanwhile, Microsoft is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn. And Nokia is licensing its name, which it’s buying back from Microsoft, to a company that will work with the same Foxconn subsidiary to make feature phones, Android smartphones and Android tablets in the near future.
        The point is, Nokia is finally making Android phones, even if it won’t actually build them

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        The Finnish company announced that it will grant HMD global Oy (HMD) exclusive rights to make Nokia-branded phones and tablets for the next 10 years.
        HMD acquired from Microsoft the rights to use the Nokia brand on feature phones and some design rights, with the transaction set to close in the second half of 2016. The company intends to invest over $500 million over the next three years to support its mobile push.

    • Of course, the logic of providing less than one parking space per flat is well known. So is the logic for providing more than one space! It would be interesting to have actual statistics; is 0.8 enough or does it just lead to more on-street parking? I wouldn’t like to guess the answer.

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