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Protecting the future of Burpham Court Farm

The future of Burpham Court Farm has been decided following a meeting of the Council's Executive last night (18 April). The Council-owned buildings will be sold for residential use, while the remaining farmland will continue to be protected and could be turned into a wetland nature reserve for the community.

Lead Councillor for Asset Management, Cllr Geoff Davis, comments: "Our plans will enable the long-term regeneration of this important site within the Wey Valley landscape.

"As well as safeguarding the future of the land for local residents and visitors, we must manage our assets effectively. After thoroughly examining all the options available, unfortunately, the farm is not viable as a standalone business. Selling the buildings will bring the vacant properties back into residential use and generate a substantial return for reinvestment in our services."

The farm, at Clay Lane, which closed in 2009, includes a farmhouse, two cottages, a range of outbuildings and immediate land.

We will retain the remaining farmland and there are plans with our partners to open it to the public as a wetland nature reserve in the future.

Burpham Court Farm is an important landscape which provides a wetland habitat for many plants and animals. We believe there is the potential to transform the site into an excellent nature reserve which can be enjoyed by the whole community.

We are working closely with The River Wey Catchment Partnership hosted by Surrey Wildlife Trust and the Wetland and Wildfowl Trust to develop a plan to achieve this and connect the site to Riverside Nature Reserve.

Published on Wednesday 19 April.