A development partner is being sought by Guildford Borough Council to make a long-delayed scheme become reality.

Initial plans for the Guildford Park Road housing scheme, proposed for a surface car park it owns close to Guildford Station, were approved but permission has since lapsed as development never took place.

In May 2022, the council came up with a new scheme for 240 homes and is now seeking bidders to come forward with their own plans.

An initial questionnaire will need to be completed before a shortlist of four is drawn up. Those bidders will be invited to put forward their proposals.

The council says design work already carried out has set the parameters for a sustainable, mixed-tenure housing scheme including affordable housing.

Council leader and lead councillor for housing Cllr Julia McShane said: “I’m passionate about making Guildford an inclusive place to live – a town where residents can find homes to meet their needs, at a price they can afford.

“This development will create a new neighbourhood that includes affordable homes.”

Deputy leader and lead councillor for regeneration Cllr Tom Hunt said: “It’s great that the procurement process for this major building project is now under way.

“I encourage potential partners to get involved in the procurement process. We’re looking for suitably qualified organisations who share our vision.”

A detailed brief and accompanying documents now available on the SE Shared Services eSourcing Portal.

The submission deadline for selection questionnaires is July 20.

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