When Blightwells in Farnham is completed – will the vacancy rate soar?

Since taking over as Waverley’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development Cllr Liz Townsend has worked tirelessly to gather as much information as possible about the state of the borough’s high streets.

Here’s a Facebook comment sent to us today.

Helped by Cllr Paul Follows, Cllr Townsend has prepared the following table to show the exact state of high streets in all the major towns and villages, including her home patch of Cranleigh.

As you will have seen from a recent WW post, Godalming is currently not faring too well – with the loss of several premier businesses who have served the town for many years.  Is Surrey County Council helping our high streets to flourish?


When Brightwells Yard in Farnham is completed later this year, will the vacancy rate there rise exponentially?  The new housing and retail development presently include 28 shops and eight restaurants.

The Cromwell Cottage Tea Rooms in Cranleigh a popular meeting place where villagers have gathered for many years.

Cranleigh high street has coped very well compared to Bramley and Haslemere. However,  the closure of the popular Cromwell Cottage tearooms in the heart of Cranleigh as a result of a decision by the landlord not to renew the lease has upset the locals there. It is believed this is due to the redevelopment proposals of the other popular retail outlet the adjacent store of David Manns.



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