Guildford’s 473-home Friary Quarter scheme goes before councillors on Wednesday (January 11) with a recommendation for approval.

The mixed-use development of the 2.69-hectare town centre site between North Street, The Friary shopping Centre and Leapale Road, put forward by St Edward Homes, a joint venture between Berkeley Homes and M&G Real Estate, includes:

  • Demolition of existing buildings
  • Homes across a series of buildings, ranging from four storeys to 13
  • A bus interchange
  • 2,358 sq m of flexible Class E floorspace along with communal space including a medical centre

A separate application has been submitted for alterations for listed 17 North Street.

Guildford Borough Council’s planning committee will be asked to approve the scheme as long as an extensive s106 agreement is signed within 12 months.

Plans originally put forward in December 2020 included 700 homes but the scale of development has gradually reduced. The tallest building has also been reduced from 14 to 13 storeys.

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