Working Men’s Club/Central Bar. Going, going…

It’s about eighteen months since we publicised that the former Working Men’s Club/Central Bar building in Obelisk Way was the subject of planning permission 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.”

Since then, the building has been boarded up, but nothing much else seems to have happened.  Until now, when a hoarding has appeared around the site.

And, eventually, this is what we’ll see:

(Elsewhere, we’ve been discussing this development recently.  We’ve now checked what we said then, and can confirm that there will be ‘nil on-site parking provision’)

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4 thoughts on “Working Men’s Club/Central Bar. Going, going…

    • This article raises a few questions for me.
      Where do these architects train? The colleges need shutting down.
      Where do they find the people who pass these plans? They need sacking.
      Where are the residents, and their friends, supposed to park their vehicles?
      Who will be willing to use the commercial units?

      • Architecture is a matter of taste and fashion of course, so I’ll pass on that one. But there are two sides to the ‘who passes the plans?’ question. Politically, local authorities are under pressure to create more housing, so they’ve got to have GOOD reasons to turn down a housing development. Otherwise, the developer appeals to the national Planning Inspectorate, and, if the latter overrules the local authority, the authority may have to reimburse the developer for the costs incurred in appealing. So authorities think twice before rejecting applications! Also, re parking, I think (I’m no expert) that national guidelines say that town centre developments need not provide parking spaces. Residents are supposed to use public transport which is presumed to be readily available. Of course, to an extent this is reasonable. A decreasing number of younger people in London have driving licences, after all. Whether it makes sense in Camberley is another thing!

    • I think the current building actually dates back to the 1930s The previous one was destroyed in a fire (I wasn’t around at the time….) Is a interesting debate – the building is in private hands, so how much can ‘the authorities’ interfere? I’d be alarmed if they were given too much power!

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