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Animation shows what proposed Brightwells Yard development in Farnham could look like; The development is expected to bring "a new lease of life to Farnham town centre".

Byline: Eleanor Fleming

Waverley Borough Council(WBC) has released an animation showing what Farnham's new Brightwells Yard development could look like.

The development, due to be completed by Autumn 2022, is expected to bring "a new lease of life to Farnham town centre".

With a phased opening from 2021, Brightwells Yard will provide a 25-unit shopping centre in centralFarnham,along with a six-screen cinema and restaurants.

Big names coming to the town include Reel Cinemas, Marks & Spencer Simply Food, and Seasalt, with more to be announced in the coming months.

The animation, commissioned by the council, was produced by former University for the Creative Arts (UCA) student, Toko Andrews. It recreates what it will feel like to walk through the development from South Street to the Old Market Square.

Mr Andrews said: "I'm really pleased to have had the opportunity to put all of the skills I've learnt at the UCA into practice like this.

"The flythrough is a great centre-piece for my student portfolio and has contributed towards the skills I'll need for my career as an architect. I've really enjoyed the experience and can't wait to visit the complex when it is complete."

More than 200 new homes will be created as part of the scheme, along with a town square and public gardens, linked together by a new network of footpaths.

The new housing will include 72 affordable homes, delivered by Crest Nicholson for Thames Valley Housing Association. A new multi-storey car park and more than 400 new car parking spaces will also be created.

Councillor Andy MacLeod, WBC's portfolio holder for planning policy and services, added: "Toko has done a great job and the flythrough gives a real sense of what it will be like to walk around inside the development.

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"Of course, some of the colour palettes and materials will differ in the final build, but it gives you a good idea of the layout of the buildings and a real sense of the space around the shopping areas and square.

"The flythrough shows the tremendous potential that Brightwells Yard can bring to this part of Farnham to deliver both a fantastic environment for retail, commercial space and leisure, and of course much needed new affordable homes."

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Councillor Andy MacLeod with Toko Andrews

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Date:Dec 24, 2019
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