We have been congratulated by Woking MP Jonathan Lord for the“magnificent” transformation of an old industrial building on the edge of the town.
Mr Lord visited our riverside site at Old Woking to see for himself how we are successfully refurbishing the old Gresham printworks near the River Wey into 70 apartments and 18 townhouses.
The Conservative MP was given a personal tour of the Gresham Mill development by the managing director of Linden Homes’ Guildford region, Peter Youll, who discussed with him issues such as the government’s new simplified planning policy.
Mr Lord said: “I am very impressed. I think the front aspect is just magnificent, which, combined with the parkland and the river, makes for a delightful site. I can see why a lot of people would like to live here.”
The development will have a water turbine fitted to produce 10 per cent of the homes’ electricity needs, and elsewhere in the neighbourhood Linden has also provided a new public football pitch.
Mr Lord added: “One of the joys of being MP of Woking is that across the borough you have a real mix of communities and to have a development like this in Old Woking is really good.
“I’ve been told that several people moving here are from the Woking area but there will be many new people too and that will help to revitalise our town. To have a development like this that feels very rural but is only half a mile from town offers people the best of both worlds.
“It's very sympathetic both to the old industrial heart of the site and to the glorious countryside that surrounds it and I was delighted to have the opportunity to check on the progress to date.”
Peter Youll said: “We have tried incredibly hard to integrate the new apartments and houses sensitively with their rural and historic surroundings and I think you only have to see it to appreciate how well it works.”
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