West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum have just issued the following statement:
On 21st December 2017 Prime Finance (West Byfleet) SarL, (the land owner) received outline planning consent to demolish all of the existing buildings and construct up to 255 apartments above new ground floor retail space, with underground car parking.
Since then, the land owner’s development manager, Altitude Real Estate, has been looking for a delivery partner to help build the scheme.
So far they have not been able to agree terms with a partner. Neither Woking Borough Council nor the Forum have the power to influence this commercial process.
Altitude has until 21st December 2020 to submit a detailed plan.
A number of businesses have closed or relocated. Even when all affected shops are vacated, 75% of the shops in the village will continue to trade. All shops are occupied with the exception of Barclays Bank, which we understand is spoken for. The Car Park and Library will remain open.
At least one Chemist and the Post Office are likely to remain open until construction begins. They will then be relocated elsewhere in the village and will return when the new shops are ready.
The Development Manager has indicated that an announcement can be expected shortly.