CNM Estates has submitted a planning application (2022/3205) for its new proposals to rejuvenate Walton on Thames’ High Street and nurture a new creative hub. By providing serviced apartments and serviced office space, as well as a café open to the public, the proposals for 12-16 High Street, Walton will revitalise the area and create new opportunities for jobs and growth. The proposals would represent a significant investment into a site which has long been unused and is no longer fit for purpose, bringing a new sense of place and buzz to the local community.
A public consultation event was held on Thursday 14 July at The Walton Village for local residents to view the plans and meet the team, as well as ask any questions they may have had.
For those not able to make it on the day, CNM has launched a consultation website, where local residents can view the plans and leave their feedback. Visit The Walton High Street Consultation website for more information.
The creative office hub will feature 175 serviced office desks providing high quality flexible office space including collaborative co-working, keeping jobs in the immediate area and nurturing smaller businesses. This will bring approximately 200 additional people to the High Street, further reinvigorating the area and providing additional footfall for local shops and amenities. The café on the ground floor will provide a new destination for residents and workers, helping to keep the high street alive and buzzing.
CNM Estates will provide 41 new serviced accommodation units providing new visitor accommodation for the town centre across a range of sizes. These are more of a home compared to a hotel, with utilities such as cooking appliances that enable more freedom and comfort, ideal for longer stays of up to three months, group travel or family parties. The careful design respects the character of the wider area and neighbouring buildings, whilst making real improvements to the feel of the high street.. CNM estates believe that the main benefit of this proposal is that it will create a hub on the high-street, injecting life into the area by delivering high quality commercial uses that benefit the local economy. They believe there is a symbiotic relationship between these proposals and what the aim is for highstreets of the future.
Lara Sampson, Director at CNM Estates, said:
“Working closely with the Walton Business Improvement District and the residential community, we are inspired by the passion within the community. High streets have been hit hard by e-commerce, further accelerated during the pandemic, with Walton as no exception. With our site in such a prominent location, we have the opportunity, through careful design and delivery, to act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation of Walton High Street, providing a much-needed sense of place.
As with all developments coming forward in 2022, sustainability is at the forefront of the agenda, and the proposals put forward are designed to lead the way, aligning with Walton’s status as the most sustainable area of Elmbridge."
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