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- July 2013
Media release - issued 05 Jul 2013
Green light given for the expansion of Aldershot
Ambitious plans that will allow Aldershot to expand for the first time in nearly a century, bringing up to 3,850 new homes and local facilities to the north of the town centre, have been approved by Rushmoor Borough Council.
The plans by the Ministry of Defence and Grainger plc will also see some of the town's historic military buildings, including the Cambridge Military Hospital and Headquarters 4th Division brought back into use as homes and community facilities.
The decision to approve planning consent for the Aldershot Urban Extension, known as Wellesley, was made unanimously at a special meeting of the Council's Development Control Committee on Thursday, July 4.
The Committee gave outline planning permission for a master plan for the whole 154-hectare site and associated green space of 110 hectares on the southern part of the former military town. The permission is subject to conditions and completion of a legal agreement.
Councillors also gave the green light for detailed plans for the development of the first phase of the Aldershot Urban Extension between Maida Gym and the Duchess of Kent Barracks, north of the Centre for Health. It is anticipated that work on the first phase of 176 family homes and 52 flats will begin early next year.
The master plan provides for up to 3,850 new homes and infrastructure to be built as part of a phased development over the next 12 to 15 years. Thirty-five per cent of all of these new homes will be for social rented or shared ownership.
As the development proceeds, two new primary schools providing up to 1,050 new places will be built on a phased basis and extensions to Connaught and Wavell secondary schools will provide 675 new secondary places. Also to be included are two new pre-schools and a day care centre.
The plan also reflects Aldershot's proud military heritage, with the layout based around the original Stanhope Lines running east to west across the site. As well as bringing back into use a number of historic buildings, the development will also retain many of the existing military memorials and mature trees. House builders will have to follow strict guidelines to make sure that the design of new homes reflect this unique heritage and landscape.
To help make sure that the local road networks can cope with the additional traffic, there will be a new slip road onto the A331, along with other highways improvements. There will also be large areas of managed green space, as well as play areas, sports and community facilities.
Councillor Gareth Lyon, Chairman of Rushmoor Borough Council's Development Control Committee said: "This is great news for Rushmoor. The development represents a huge investment in our borough, bringing more people to Rushmoor, providing much-needed new homes, new jobs and a welcome boost to the local economy. It is a powerful statement of the ambition of our borough - to be the best place to live and do business in the South-East."
Councillor Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council with responsibility for economic development said: "I'm really excited about this development and the benefits it will bring to the town and the borough. With the regeneration initiatives like Westgate already in place and more planned, this really is Aldershot's time - the town will be the place to invest in over the coming years."