Bewley Homes’ plans for 65 properties in Deepcut have been unanimously approved – and welcomed by many of those living nearby.

The scheme to demolish commercial buildings at 4.58-hectare Frimhurst Farm and replace them with six one-bedroom, 22 two-bedroom, 19 three-bedroom and 18 four and five-bedroom homes, went before councillors at Surrey Heath Borough Council’s planning applications committee on June 9.

Ward councillor Cllr Paul Deach told the meeting he believes Deepcut and nearby areas have taken a disproportionate amount of housing but said the Frimhurst Farm scheme is not on the same scale of others nearby and had support.

He went on: “There are as many supporters of this proposal as there are against – if not more.

“That’s because the current operators of the site have never taken their responsibilities to the community or the environment seriously.

“Frankly, the site as it stands now, is nothing more than a rubbish tip. The community will be happy to see the back of the current operators or owners.

“My only concern is for the businesses that currently occupy it and I hope that they find suitable alternatives.”

The scheme will have a 40 per cent proportion of affordable homes and Cllr Deach told the meeting he has sought assurances there will be no ‘shenanigans’ around viability.

The team on the project includes Lichfields as planning consultant and the Noble Consultancy on architecture and design.

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