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Aldershot and Farnborough regeneration masterplan, hear from members of the council!

Barbara, David and Ken

Let's Talk: Rushmoor development, what's the strategy? Hear it from David Clifford, Barbara Hurst and Ken Muschamp

Biz spoke to David Clifford, Barbara Hurst and Ken Muschamp, they answer some questions on Aldershot and Farnborough regeneration masterplan, how does it affect you?

"Last week, members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet agreed to establish the Rushmoor Development Partnership, with preferred investment partner, Hill Investment Partnership Limited.

This means that the council will now be able to move ahead with its long awaited regeneration plans for Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.

The largest site proposed for redevelopment in Aldershot is the former Galleries shopping centre, the Arcade and the High Street multi-storey car park, with plans to create a mixed commercial use redevelopment with around 550 apartments, parking, and re-provision of a public car park.

The second major site in the heart of the town centre is a collection of buildings and shop units known as Union Street East, which includes the former M&S and Poundland building.  This scheme could see around 140 new homes with retail and other commercial uses on the ground floor.

Both schemes will be subject to planning permission and consultation with residents and businesses.

Last week, members of the council's Policy and Project Advisory Board were asked to consider national reports on revitalising and re-shaping town centres and proposals for a town centre strategy to help Aldershot through the time of significant change as the regeneration projects get started.

The strategy is being put in place following advice from regeneration consultants with some key themes emerging for Aldershot.

Findings from this work highlighted the uncertain outlook of the retail sector and the need to consider other town centre uses for Aldershot, including leisure and commercial uses and not simply retail.  Creating the conditions for small and independent businesses to set up and grow in Aldershot was also a key recommendation, as well as encouraging interim uses for empty shops while the work is underway.

Councillor David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: "There is no doubt, that Aldershot town centre is about to go through a time of significant change, as our ambitious regeneration plans take shape.  During this time, we want to help the town centre remain as healthy and vibrant as possible - supporting all the businesses, many of which are independent and have been very loyal to Aldershot over the years."

David added: "The Council has already organised a number of new and very successful events, to encourage footfall into the town centre including a dinosaur fun day for families and most recently the Aldershot Vintage Car Show and we will continue with this work. As we gear up to Christmas, there will be lots more going on and supported by residents from the Aldershot Community Together group.  Aldershot has a bright future, so please stick with us and support your town."

"We will be working extensively to get public input and are very much open to ideas."

As well as plans for regenerating Aldershot, the investment partnership will also be focusing on revitalising Farnborough town centre, and in particular, the Civic Quarter, which includes the area around Farnborough Leisure Centre, Elles Hall community centre, the library and former police station site.

Further information about our plans for Aldershot and Farnborough is available on our Town centre regeneration pages." - www.rushmoor.gov.uk 


What is the strategy for Aldershot and Farnborough regeneration? Barbara HurstDavid Clifford, and Ken Muschamp stopped by to talk to Biz and answered a few burning questions.