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.
Vue cinema and restaurants
As part of improvement work to The Meads, a new Vue cinema opened in May 2015. This was followed by the first of a number of new restaurants, which now have planning permission, linking Kingsmead and Queensmead.
Extension to the Princes Mead shopping centre
The extension to the Princes Mead shopping centre is due for completion in early 2017 and will provide a Decathlon sports store, due to open in March, and a Smyths Toys shop.
Redevelopment of Pyramid House/PC World site
Redevelopment of the Pyramid House/PC World site is under way and will provide space for five major retailers.
Our plans for developing Farnborough town centre
Our plans for how Farnborough town centre could develop are set out in our Farnborough town centre prospectus [2Mb].
The ideas set out in the prospectus propose investment of more than £250 million. This is on top of the £150 million already invested in The Meads' project at the northern end of 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.
Farnborough civic quarter
The civic quarter 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.
In June 2015, we adopted a masterplan for the civic quarter, following public consultation and have been working with the Homes and Communities Agency, Hampshire County Council and the Wilky Group on proposals for the site.
Detailed masterplan for the civic quarter
In late 2016, the Homes and Communities Agency appointed consultants to prepare a detailed masterplan for the whole site.
Vacant police station site
The first phase of redevelopment is likely to be the vacant police station site, where permission is in place to demolish the building and is likely to take place early in 2017.
We anticipate receiving a planning application from the Homes and Communities Agency in March or April 2017 for the redevelopment of the site.
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.