Improving Farnborough town centre
Find out what we've been doing to improve and develop Farnborough town centre.
We've been working with businesses, landowners and developers to take forward our plans for the future of Farnborough town centre and to improve it for all.
Together, our aim is to attract new investment, unlock new development and bring about the change that Farnborough needs.
As part of these plans, we have completed a number of important projects:
Developing Farnborough town centre
We prepared a document called the Farnborough town centre prospectus [2Mb] , which sets out how the town centre could develop over the next ten years.
The ideas set out in the prospectus propose investment of more than £250 million over the next decade. This is on top of the £150 million already invested in The Meads' project at the northern end of the town centre.
These plans include:
- More than 200,000 sq ft of new shopping space with improved town centre car parking
- New business space
- New hotels and leisure space
- New homes in and around the town centre
We are working actively with a wide range of public and private sector organisations to help turn these ideas into real projects.
The Farnborough town centre prospectus [2Mb] builds on the Farnborough town centre - supplementary planning document, which we adopted in 2007.
As part of improvement work to The Meads, a new Vue cinema opened in the centre in in May 2015. Plans are also under way for restaurants alongside the cinema. For details of what's on at the cinema, please see the Farnborough Vue listings.
Farnborough civic quarter
The civic quarter sits between Westmead to the north, Kingsmead and Pinehurst roundabout to the east, Meudon Avenue to the south and the Sulzers roundabout to the west. It includes Farnborough library and the green space beside it, the police station, Elles Hall, the Iceland site, Westmead House, Kingsmoat and Sulzers car parks.
It is an important part of the town centre, but currently underused, and offers significant regeneration opportunities for the town that could improve the green space, leisure, community and cultural facilities in that area. It could also help to improve the connections between Farnborough Business Park and the town centre, which in turn would help to boost trade.
We have developed a masterplan for the civic quarter, which we adopted in June 2015 following public consultation.
In autumn 2013, we completed work to improve the pedestrianised shopping area. This included new paving and seating and improved lighting. We also planted a variety of trees along the length of Queensmead to make it more attractive to both shoppers and retailers year-round.
The work also gave us the opportunity to provide a new area for markets and seasonal activities and the area is now home to Farnborough market.