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Merstham Regeneration Progresses as New Homes Approved

Part of a multi-million pound regeneration project - featuring homes, shops, a community hub, library, youth skills centre and cafe - has been approved

Councillors have approved the latest part of a scheme to regenerate Merstham.

At a Reigate & Banstead Borough Council planning meeting earlier this month, members agreed to an application to demolish the existing buildings in Portland Drive to make way for 48 new homes.

Developers will knock down a parade of shops and a number of flats and garages to build 48 one, two and three-bedroom homes. It is part of a multi-million pound joint venture by Raven Housing Trust and the council to improve the deprived area.

A report to the council said: "The parade has long been in need of regeneration, due in part to the visual impact of the development but also due to an array of social problems that result from it."

The scheme will also feature new shops, a community hub, library, youth skills centre and cafe.

Pete Trowbridge, Raven Housing Trust’s head of development, said, “We're absolutely delighted that the regeneration plans have reached this stage. For Raven and our council partners it represents yet another milestone to bringing the changes to Merstham [that] local people have been promised for so long. Our next steps are to contact all tenants and leaseholders over the next couple of months and to continue speaking to shopkeepers to achieve vacation by the end of 2015."

Council officers recommended councillors grant planning permission subject to conditions.

Work is due to start next year with residents expected to begin moving out of their homes this summer.