Redhill: How would you like to see our town develop?

Redhill residents and workers have a chance to influence the development of our town.

The Council is consulting on a draft ‘Area Action Plan’ for Redhill Town Centre, which sets out how Conservative Councillors want to see the town develop.

The current draft sets out a wishlist of sites for development: more than 700 new homes, lots more shops and offices. It includes:

  • a cinema, restaurant and shops on the Marketfield car park
  • a new station building, hotel, homes and shops at Redhill Station
  • yet another new supermarket, cafes and restaurants on Cromwell Road
  • plans to build on or sell off publicly owned sites, including car parks
  • no guarantee of any youth and community facilities, nor continued use of our day care centre

As Greens, we don’t believe that handing key sites over to developers to build more offices and expensive flats is the right approach to creating a liveable town.

We would like a community-led approach, with emphasis on things that make it a pleasant place to live and work for local people.  This would mean addressing the traffic problems and improving public spaces, just for a start. It would mean social housing, not just private housing.

As Councillors, we want to help residents, businesses and organisations to contribute their ideas to the plans for our town. Thank you to everyone who has already sent us your views.

Find out more and have your say

This really is an important time to let the Council know what kind of town you want to live and work in.

Please take a look at the plans and take part in the consultation.  You can do that in a number of ways:

  • You can download the plan, a summary leaflet, and a response form here: www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/redhilltcaap  The plan is 167 pages long, so you may find it easier to call into the library, Help Shop or Town Hall to read it there.
  • Give your views online and take part in the Council’s discussion forum here: http://reigate-banstead-consult.objective.co.uk/portal
  • An exhibition about the proposals is on display at the Harlequin Theatre – pop in and have a look.
  • View information and pick up a feedback at the Help Shop or Library.
  • Post comments on this page, or contact your Green Councillors directly, and we will pass your views on.
  • We are working with other local groups to organise a public meeting in Redhill on 18 February – more information will be posted here soon.

The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 24 February 2012 – please  get your comments to us or to the Council before then if you can.

> Read some comments by a local supporter here

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2 Comments

  1. Iain, Ladbroke Road
    Posted Monday, 23 January 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    One thing that strikes me about Redhill town centre is that it’s an island in the middle of effectively an urban motorway. Wherever you live, to walk to the town centre you have to cross the generally fast moving traffic. Surely plans for the future should see moves to make Redhill less of a drive through/drive to and more of a stroll to/cycle around?

  2. Chris Denton
    Posted Monday, 23 January 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Just been reading the “Action” plan, which reads like a brochure for property developers. No particular ideas for improving Redhill, but lots and lots of opportunities to put up high-density, low quality housing. This will be overwhelming purchased by buy-to-let landlords who will then use to to trap families on the bottom rung of the property ladder whilst unfairly enriching themselves.

    I would be happy to see a proper cinema, and one large supermarket (two seems unsupportable) but I don’t believe we should be adding any more retail capacity and office space is not exactly in short supply as it is. The real priorities should be to bring the town centre and facilities up to the same standard as Reigate – and that means decent sized houses, an attractive town centre, open spaces more like the Priory Park and Castle Grounds and night life focused on restaurants and leisure, not alcohol consumption.

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