Con­struc­tion is set to start on the ‘Trade City’ site

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

WORK on an ex­ten­sive com­mer­cial re­de­vel­op­ment in Frim­ley is due to start next month.

Plans to over­haul the 10acre Lyon Way in­dus­trial es­tate and cre­ate a new com­mer­cial space, dubbed Trade City, were ap­proved by Sur­rey Heath Bor­ough Coun­cil 16 months ago.

The site, just off junc­tion 4 of the M3, will be re­de­vel­oped and re­placed with seven in­dus­trial and ware­house build­ings.

De­vel­oper Kier Prop­erty an­nounced on Mon­day de­mo­li­tion and clear­ance work will start on the first phase of the 56,000sq/ft site in Au­gust, with con­struc­tion ex­pected to start in early Oc­to­ber.

He­lena Kol­saker, devel­op­ment man­ager at Kier Prop­erty, said: “We are de­lighted to be able to an­nounce the works start­ing on the site. Frim­ley has been on our books for a num­ber of years and I am ex­cited to see it fi­nally tak­ing shape and be­ing de­vel­oped into a fast­mov­ing in­dus­trial fa­cil­ity, which will gen­er­ate jobs and in­come for the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Dur­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion process, Kier said the pro­posal was an op­por­tu­nity to de­liver eco­nomic devel­op­ment on an un­der-used site, how­ever ob­jec­tors be­lieved the plans would cre­ate ex­ces­sive traf­fic and pose a se­ri­ous flood risk.

Sta­tion Road res­i­dent Les­ley Had­croft said she was never in­formed or con­sulted on the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion and branded the devel­op­ment ‘point­less’.

The for­mer BAE Sys­tems site, off Lyon Way and Sta­tion Road, is built on the Black­wa­ter Val­ley flood plain and the bor­ough and county coun­cils are di­rected to re­strict build­ing and traf­fic flow, re­spec­tively, on sites prone to flood­ing. How­ever, plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted on the ba­sis that Kier con­trib­utes £29,315 to­wards safety im­prove­ments at the nearby Toshiba Round­about, which serves traf­fic from the A325 Farn­bor­ough Road as well as the M3 and A331, plus a fur­ther £6,160 to­wards au­dit­ing a travel plan.

A re­port is­sued by the bor­ough coun­cil said the devel­op­ment would help main­tain the lo­cal econ­omy while not ad­versely im­pact­ing nearby res­i­den­tial ameni­ties or cre­at­ing high­way safety con­cerns.

Bon­nie Min­shull, direc­tor at Sav­ills which is act­ing as joint let­ting agent for the scheme along­side DTZ and Vail Wil­liams, said: “See­ing the scheme fi­nally come to­gether and take shape is great news, and I am en­cour­aged by oc­cu­pier de­mand we have al­ready re­ceived.

“Kier Prop­erty’s growth in its in­dus­trial Trade City brand has been go­ing from strength to strength for some time now and Sav­ills is de­lighted to be part of the suc­cess story.”

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