Published Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Planning permission has been granted to build a new, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly visitors’ centre at Frensham Great Pond and Common.

The decision to grant planning permission for the construction of a new building, car park reconfiguration and the demolition of the existing building was taken at a Southern Planning Committee meeting held on 21 November.

The approval for the work means the Waverley Borough Council invest-to-save scheme, which will enhance Frensham Great Pond and Common for both visitors and the natural wildlife, is one step closer to being completed. The council still needs to seek final Commons Consent approvals in order for work to start and will bid for additional funding to supplement the council’s financial commitment to the scheme, in order for all elements to be completed within budget. 

The project is seeking to upgrade the current site facilities by building a new, modern, sustainable and energy efficient building, known as the Heathland Hub, to house new public toilets, a ranger’s office, an educational and multifunctional room, interactive visitor information area and a new, improved café area, with indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The Commons Consent submission and consultation will take place over the festive period. More information will follow in the next few weeks.