Reigate & Banstead Borough Council‘s Planning Committee has approved plans to modernise Redhill railway station and deliver a landmark regeneration project. The proposals designed by L&H were submitted for planning earlier this year.
Councillors were told that the multimillion station upgrade will bring substantial benefits to passengers as well as demonstrate the importance of Redhill as a key transport hub.
The station development provides the catalyst for further regeneration of the station quarter which will include a Waitrose food store (creating around 200 new jobs), a new public square at the entrance to the station and 150 high quality residential apartments.
Tim Robinson, Route Managing Director, Sussex for Network Rail said:
“The plans to regenerate the area around Redhill station will deliver a substantial package of improvements to the station and complement other improvements being planned by Network Rail and Southern. By making more of our land assets around the station, we can generate funding to improve facilities for passengers.
“The station will be transformed with a new ticket office, better car and cycle parking and a new public square to welcome visitors arriving at the town. Passengers and local people will notice a real difference at the station when the improvements are complete.”
Passengers will notice major improvements at Redhill station. The scheme will deliver £7 million of improvements including:
• A new and spacious ticket office on the town side entrance of the station – almost twice the size of the existing space.
• A new station entrance with improved ticketing on the Redstone Hill side of the station.
• A new multi storey car park with 450 spaces dedicated for station users.
• More disabled parking bays.
• A new taxi rank and public pick up/drop-off area.
• More cycle parking spaces provided in a more accessible location to the station.
• A new public square outside the main station entrance.
• Improved pedestrian links into the town centre.
The new Waitrose
The improvements to the station are accompanied by the development of a 25,000 sq ft (sales area) Waitrose food store (similar in scale to the Waitrose at Horley). Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: “We are delighted the planning committee shares our confidence that through revitalising the area around the station we can deliver substantial benefits to Redhill and we would like to thank all of those residents who have supported our plans. “It's encouraging that in a challenging climate, Redhill continues to attract new investment and we’re looking forward to playing our part in bringing new shoppers here. In addition to delivering a quality food store, we will also be creating 200 new jobs for local people and donating £12,000 and 250 hours per year of our staff time to local charities and projects nominated by our customers."
Delivering new homes
The scheme will also provide 150 top of the range residential apartments, designed and located specifically to help people seeking the best possible work/life balance, with short commutes to the centre of London and a plethora of local shops and amenities. The one and two-bedroom apartments will be built to a high specification and feature carefully-designed, flexible layouts for modern living.
• 2 hectare site
• £50 million regeneration project
• £7 million of station improvements
• Over 200 new jobs
• 150 new homes
• 450 parking spaces in multi storey station car park
• 193 parking spaces for Waitrose food store
• 89% of consultees supported the plans
Solum hopes to start work at Redhill early in 2014.