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Charity HQ plans 'well-received'

31 December 08 15:10 GMT

A wildlife charity's plans to base its headquarters in Woking have been "well-received", the borough council said.

The full outcome of an "informal" consultation on WWF-UK's plans for the Brewery Road site will be revealed at a meeting of the executive on 8 January.

Members will then decide whether to continue negotiations with the charity, Councillor John Kingsbury said.

He said the council believed the scheme would benefit the area. WWF-UK said it was encouraged by the response.

Mr Kingsbury said the executive's decision would take into consideration the consultation in November in which the majority of participants said they would welcome the organisation to the site.

He said: "We are committed to identifying the most appropriate use of the Brewery Road car park site and we believe that the proposal suggested by WWF-UK offers benefits for the borough.

"The new headquarters could stimulate economic development for the town, whilst also retaining important parking facilities."

He added that further public consultation would take place if the plans move forward.

Chief executive of WWF-UK David Nussbaum said: "We have been particularly encouraged by the response from members of the public during the initial consultation exercises.

"There is still much to be done to realise our exciting vision for our new headquarters, but we believe that WWF-UK moving to this site would bring many benefits to Woking, its local people and businesses."

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