Preston housing estate plans get go-ahead

Plans to improve a Surrey housing estate by building a leisure centre and improvements to open spaces have been given the go-ahead.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and Surrey County Council have agreed to improve the Preston estate.

The plans includes new homes and a community centre as well as improvements to access, parking, footpaths and cycle ways.

Planning applications are expected to be submitted in the autumn.

The new leisure centre on Merland Rise will replace the Banstead leisure centre in 2014 and will include new youth and community facilities.

About 200 people visited exhibitions about the plans between 14 November until 6 January.

David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, said: "In a couple of years' time the people of Preston will see a host of improvements including a new swimming pool, youth centre and other community facilities, along with better housing and roads."

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