Plans Progress to Bring Economic Benefits to East Dorking
Local residents, businesses and Members were recently invited to share their views on proposals to regenerate the Pippbrook offices and Reigate Road Car Park sites in East Dorking, to bring wider economic benefits for local residents and businesses.
Two meetings held by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) at its Pippbrook offices on 10 and 17 September 2018 provided the opportunity for stakeholders - residents whose properties border the sites, local businesses and Members - to feedback on proposals to regenerate the land around the Pippbrook offices and Reigate Road Car Park*, referred to as the East Dorking Regeneration Site.
The appointed Master Planner, Urban Initiatives Studio Ltd, had presented three options with low, medium and high levels of proposed change to the East Dorking Regenerate Site. The options were informed by the invaluable comments received during a public consultation held earlier in 2018, alongside the preferred options as agreed by MVDC's Cabinet at that time.
A key consideration and integral element of the wider site is the future of the now-vacant Pippbrook House. In August this year, MVDC invited members of the Community Hub in Pippbrook House (CHiP) to outline their future aspirations for the building. Any such business and financial plans CHiP put forward to keep the whole, or part, of Pippbrook House in community use would form an important part of the final report considered by MVDC.
The presentation given at the two meetings can be viewed at www.molevalley.gov.uk/edorkingregen
Councillor Charles Yarwood, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategy and Assets, said: "The Pippbrook and Reigate Road sites present us with a valuable opportunity to generate footfall, jobs and housing and bring wider economic benefits to the town. We want to bring Pippbrook House back into repair and have actively encouraged CHiP to provide a business case to support their ambitions of bringing it into sustainable community use. We would be pleased to consider any such robust business plan put forward by CHiP, as was reflected in the recent stakeholder presentations.
"The two meetings held on 10 and 17 September were positive and very constructive. The feedback received will form an important part of a final report the Cabinet will consider in November. The proposals put forward by the Master Planner would involve redefining the current planning designation on the site to allow a broader range of development, and would need to form an important part of MVDC's draft Local Plan. The Local Plan is due to be extensively consulted on next year."
Notes to editor: *the car park to the rear of Dorking Halls