• New shops and student homes planned in major redevelopment in Aldershot town centre

    03/02/2020 | Blog | admin
  • The plans were made public on Monday (December 30) by the Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships.They include redeveloping a significant part of Union Street, from the former Marks and Spencer store down to Wellington Street and through to the High Street.

    The redevelopment would be centred around an “attractive public square” and “Creators Yard” for local artisans and independent businesses as part of an aim to revitalise the town’s High Street, according to the RDP.

    The council has been acquiring vacant shops along Union Street and High Street in the town centre since 2016 in preparation to help “create a distinctive town centre”.

    Where will the public exhibitions be taking place?

    The plans will be on display for all to view at two public exhibitions in January at the following times and locations:

    1. Thursday, January 16 from 4pm to 8pm at Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, GU11 1NX
    2. Saturday, January 18 from 10am to 2pm at The Wellington Centre, Aldershot, GU11 1DB

    RDP is now asking residents, businesses and community groups to take part in two public exhibitions that will display the plans.Councillor David Clifford, leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “We’re working hard to make our towns a better place to live, work and shop, and whilst we know people feel these plans have been a long time coming I’m pleased and excited that the RDP is now moving ahead with consulting local people on these plans.”

    Following the consultations, RDP intends to respond to the feedback received and submit a planning application to the council in March 2020. The council will then consider the proposals, before making a final decision later in the year.Martin Tennant, chair of the RDP, said: “These ambitious regeneration plans seek to build upon Aldershot’s rich heritage and create a distinctive town centre where both new and existing residents of all ages, local businesses and artistic industries can come together.

    “We hope that as many people as possible come along to the exhibitions or visit the project website to let us know their thoughts about what could happen to revitalize our High Street.”

    Special thanks to Get Surrey for their story https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/new-shops-student-homes-planned-17490551