A derelict factory in Elstead, a village near Surrey in Godalming, famous during the war for making parts for Spitfires, Mosquitos and Model T camshafts is set for a new lease of life.
The 19-acre former-Weyburn Engineering factory will be transformed into new homes and green spaces after Latimer, part of Clarion Housing Group, bought the site from Sussex-based home builder Thakeham Group.
Thakeham Group has since been appointed by Latimer to build 69 new homes, 21 of which will be affordable homes.
The first phase of the development will see the brownfield site cleaned after years of neglect. 15 acres along the River Wey will be regenerated, providing a valuable addition of green space for the local community to enjoy. The scheme has a gross development value of around £37million.
Philip Browne, New Business and Partnerships Director for Latimer, part of Clarion Housing Group said: “We have a strong track record of delivering new homes in the area and are determined to reinvigorate this important site. As well as delivering high quality homes, we are putting measures in place to ensure the development integrates well with the surrounding area – for example, with the creation of a new footpath to the village.”
Steve Tuhey for Thakeham Group said: “This is a unique site in the area. And one we know many local people feel has been neglected for too long. We hope that our partnership with Clarion Housing Group will bring welcome new benefits for the community.
“Our plans include a mix of housing, ecological and community priorities. This is a thriving semi-rural community, which deserves the kind of new housing development which new home buyers and the Elstead community can be proud.”