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Letter: What is Happening About the Debenhams Redevelopment?

Published on: 2 Oct, 2023
Updated on: 2 Oct, 2023

From: Bibhas Neogi

In response to: St Mary’s Wharf Developer Bows to Pressure By Reducing Proposed Building Height Again

Are Native Land still working behind the scenes and looking for ways to satisfy pre-commencement conditions? Is it time to lift the veil and reveal the true status of their deliberations?

Is the Debenhams building to become another eye-sore landmark like Guildford Plaza was?

Questions are left unanswered but left in this state of disuse, the building is likely to become damaged due to lack of maintenance especially during successive winters.

In the event Native Land has changed its mind due to increases in costs and procurement issues and is unable to demolish the building; it would be more expensive to reinstate and repurpose it for other uses if it is left empty for too long.

Guildford needs to know of the progress made by Native Land in executing this project.

The Guildford Dragon will forward this letter with a request for comment to Guildford Borough Council.


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Responses to Letter: What is Happening About the Debenhams Redevelopment?

  1. Janet Moorhouse Reply

    October 3, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    It would be better for the environment if the building were to be retained. It is an example of 1960-70s architecture which will be appreciated more in the future than it is now.

    Imagine the dust and pollution if the building is demolished. I live close-by and will be affected by this.

  2. Bibhas Neogi Reply

    October 29, 2023 at 1:19 pm

    Any response yet from Guildford Borough Council?

    Cllr Potter usually responds to questions like this but maybe Native Land is still wandering in search of a solution and yet to advise GBC?

  3. Roger MAIN Reply

    November 8, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    I would have thought that Native Land is as frustrated as we were when we tried to develop the store many years ago buy the negative comments on our proposals by various organisations in Guildford ,which lead to huge extra costs and unnecessary plan changes .
    Nothing seams to have changed in all these years these ORGANISATIONS need to wake up and recognise that change is necessary in Guildford as do the planners and unnecessary delays as in the case of Debenhams redevelopment cost money , and less revenue in the long run for the council .
    Of course there will be disruption as in any development , but this scheme is a good one for Guildford .
    As has been mentioned if the delay continues the building becomes more of an eye sore ,and lack of maintenance as I know well on this site will make even more an eye sore , is that what these organisations want.
    I also would be interested in why the delay ?

  4. Roger Main Reply

    January 16, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    Is there any update from the developers and council on progress of the DBENHAMS DEVELOPMENT

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