The first public show of ambitious proposals for the redevelopment of Cranleigh is unveiled today at a new exhibition.
Local architects Nick Galpin and Bob Callard are exhibiting a series of original artworks showing a large-scale vision for the regeneration of the village as a thriving social and cultural centre in the heart of Surrey.
The proposal includes closing the centre of Cranleigh for controlled periods of time, so that it becomes a pedestrianised zone to nurture local culture, craft markets, street musicians and organised events.
The plans also include a relief road to divert traffic.
As a cultural hub, the regeneration of Cranleigh would help develop local retail and business and attract more visitors.
The architects are urging Cranleigh Parish Council to acknowledge and review their proposal, which would generate considerable cultural, social and economic benefits.
They claim it would also help Cranleigh raise its visibility and profile within South East England.
Architect and artist Nick Galpin, who has lived in Cranleigh for over 48 years, commented:
“I am delighted that we can finally share our vision of Cranleigh with the local community. There is so much scope to transform our village into a truly important social and cultural destination within Surrey.
“We hope that residents and visitors will appreciate our ideas and that Cranleigh Parish Council will seriously consider our scheme for future planning and development.”
The exhibition of original artworks will take place between 3rd and 26th January 2019 at Cranleigh Arts Centre, 1 High Street, GU6 8AS between 10am and 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Nick and Bob will also host a private view at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 19th January 2019, between 6pm and 9pm.