Merstham regeneration moves a step closer

Portland Drive Shops The regeneration of the heart of the Merstham estate will move a step closer in the coming weeks with two key sites * the proposed Merstham community hub and the Iron Horse Pub site – reaching important milestones.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s ongoing commitment towards the development of the Merstham community hub was confirmed this week by the councils Executive at their meeting on Thursday, 4 March 2010.

The proposed community hub, to be built on land at the junction of Portland Drive and Bletchingley Road, will incorporate a new health centre, pharmacy, library, church, multi-purpose hall, children’s nursery, meeting rooms and learning facilities, as well as space for other services such as the police, the Council’s Help Shop and Raven Housing Trust.

The Council has been working with a number of local partners to bring about the scheme including Surrey County Council, NHS Surrey, the Moathouse GP Surgery, the Epiphany Church, Raven Housing Trust, Surrey Police and a local charity.

ironhorse The Council has also recently secured vacant possession of the former Iron Horse public house site, after the brewery chain that held the lease relinquished it following unsuccessful attempts to maintain it as a public house. The council are now considering a number of options for the site, including a mixed used retail and residential scheme.

In the meantime the pub building will be demolished, with works commencing on Monday 8 March 2010.

Cllr Allen Kay, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “The Iron Horse site and the proposed Community Hub site are on adjacent pieces of land, presenting a real opportunity to transform the heart of the Merstham estate.

“Many of the existing services on the estate, like the Moathouse GP Surgery, are delivered from buildings that are old and in need of replacement. A new community hub would enable better delivery of services to residents from one place, enable service providers to be more effective and be accessed by more local people as a result of being located together.

“Plans for the potential development of both sites will be subject to public consultation in the spring and early summer, when we will be keen to hear local people’s views on the proposals.”

Planning applications will be made for both schemes once comments from the public consultation have been assessed. Below are draft plans for the layout of the community hub, further detailed plans will be available as part of the forthcoming public consultation.


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  1. sheila gelston says:

    How about we have something useful instead,like a small supermarket. I feel very sorry for elderly residents who find it a struggle to go shopping in redhill.The local shops are just too expensive and simply do not have the choice and quality of the larger stores.The plan at the moment seems to be to give us what we have already ,doctors and chemists etc etc. Give the residents a few options and put it to the vote.

  2. Michael Blacker says:

    Hi Mark

    Some element of the Iron Horse (Tin Donkey to locals) should be retained as a public house or similar. I think it was part of a covenent? when we took it over from the LCC.


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