Riverside Walk

HighStreet
St James


In partnership with Surrey County Council, Coast2Capital, The Environment Agency and a number of other partners Leatherhead is being transformed into a modern market town where people of all ages can shop, eat, relax and have fun by the riverside.



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RETAIL & LEISURE QUARTER

CHURCH STREET PUBLIC REALM
The £1 million scheme to make significant improvements to the public realm in Church Street was completed in November 2017.

The scheme was delivered by a partnership between MVDC, Surrey County Council (SCC) and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP).

The improvements included
  • upgrading all the pavements and carriageways with a mix of York stone and granite
  • upgrading drainage
  • planting new trees
  • installing new street furniture

One of the objectives of the scheme is to provide a better environment for all the businesses in Church Street, including the newly arrived Waitrose store and the long established Leatherhead Theatre. To celebrate the history of the Theatre, the Leatherhead Residents’ Association and the Fire and Iron Gallery enabled five commemorative stones to be laid recognising some of the most lauded performers from the Theatre’s history, including Sir Michael Caine and Richard Briers. Since completion, Church Street has hosted Halloween, Christmas and Easter celebrations.






REDEVELOPED SWAN CENTRE
The Swan Centre will provide an attractive and sustainable mixed-use environment with shopping and leisure to meet the needs of the community and attract more visitors to the town.
SCHEME OBJECTIVES
  • Significantly improved car park including new lifts
  • New and reconfigured retail units
  • A better mix of uses including leisure
  • Improved rear facade onto Leret Way
  • Improved High Street frontage
  • Improvements to the public realm
  • Advanced use of digital technology
TIMETABLE
  • Planning application for short-term refurbishment works awaiting determination: anticipated July 2018
  • Works anticipated to be on site from September 2018 until Easter 2019 (with a break for the Christmas trading period.)
  • Contractor appointed for new lifts
  • Cushman & Wakefield appointed in April 2018 to undertake occupier study and viability assessment for redevelopment: completion Spring 2019.




High Street
THE RIVERSIDE QUARTER
PROPOSED LAND USES
  • A new mixed use development at Claire House and James House
  • A decked viewing point
  • A pedestrian footbridge
  • Natural play areas
  • Pedestrian friendly environment





Riverside
CLAIRE HOUSE AND JAMES HOUSE REDEVELOPMENT
Claire House & James House will be a landmark mixed use building potentially including a restaurant / cafe on the ground floor and apartments.
KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES
  • Special architectural consideration will be given to the building to maximise view of the riverside
  • Contemporary design of high quality suitable to the historic setting
  • Careful siting of the building to ensure a harmonious relationship with the Running Horse Public House
  • Extending the building footprint with active frontage onto Bridge Street
  • Car parking accommodated at the rear
TIMETABLE
  • Design team appointed February 2018 and preparation of outline planning application underway
  • Public consultation will take place prior to submission of outline planning application
  • Anticipated submission in Autumn 2018 for determination in Spring 2019




Riverside
FLOOD ALLEVIATION SCHEME
  • The River Mole has experienced significant flooding in 1968, 2000 and most recently in 2013/14 when over 300 properties were flooded
  • After 2013 the Environment Agency identified the need to develop a flood alleviation scheme across the Middle River Mole to replicate existing schemes in place in both the Upper and Lower River Mole
  • Leatherhead/ Fetcham has been identified as a priority
  • Funding was obtained in 2014/15 to develop an initial high level options appraisal as well as undertaking updated modelling to incorporate the 2013/14 flood information
  • The Environment Agency is exploring an integrated solution to reduce the risk of river and surface water flooding in Fetcham working in partnership with MVDC, Surrey County Council, Thames Water and Sutton East Surrey Water
  • A temporary defence deployment plan is operational and will provide localised flood defences properties in Minchin Close and the lower parts of Emlyn Lane

URBAN QUARTER
TOWN CENTRE TRANSPORT

The proposed Randalls Road cycle path intended ot provide sustainable transport links has had to be stopped because:

PROPOSED UPGRADES
  • Following detailed modelling by Surrey County Council, the scheme did not reach the level eligible for funding from Coast to Capital LEP
  • Private landowners had concerns about granting public access rights across their land between Springfield Drive business park and Cleeve Road
  • Design issues as a result of insufficient space along Waterway Road from the town centre to the Leisure Centre

There is potential to reallocate the funds earmarked to the Cycle Path scheme to support improvements to bus services along Randalls Road.

TRANSPORT STUDY

We are moving forward with our Leatherhead transport study - a key stage towards informing options for the town centre gyratory system, High Street and decisions on the public realm.

TIMETABLE
  • WSP transport consultants appointed April 2018 to work with MVDC and Surrey County Council (SCC) as the Highways Authority
  • Traffic and car park data collection programmed for week commencing 18th June with car park interviews scheduled for Thursday 21st June and Saturday 23rd June
  • Model and initial options report scheduled for early 2019





BULL HILL
The land within the existing one-way system know as Red House Gardens or Bull Hill will be developed to create a new mix-use development to complement the Retail and Leisure Quarter.
KEY DESIGN PRINCIPLES
  • Safer, direct and more attractive routes between the station and town centre
  • Significant improvement to the landscaping and environment
  • A new plaza at the junction of North Street and Bull Hill
  • A downgraded Station Road
POTENTIAL NEW DEVELOPMENTS

Once the Transport Study has been completed and the Swan Centre Redevelopment opportunities identified, the opportunities for the development of this strategic site will be considered further. This will be a mixed-use development that looks to include all the remaining uses identified in the Masterplan.






Bull Hill Park

Bull Hill Park



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"Excellent proposals, particular freeing up space for the North Street plaza and discouraging traffic through the Station Road, North Steet and Bridge Street loop."



"Please go for the best options available, even if the costs are higher."




"As a Leatherhead Resident I am really excited by the proposals that are being put forward to transform the town. I hope that any new developments will fully incorporate and embrace the historical market town aspect of Leatherhead and emphasise some of the beautiful existing buildings."






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