Media release - issued 12 Jun 2019

Council agrees to hand over car park to bring forward scheme for The Galleries

A vital next step in making sure the redevelopment of The Galleries in Aldershot goes ahead has been taken by Rushmoor Borough Council.

The council's Cabinet has agreed in principle to relinquish the council's land interests in the High Street multi-storey car park so that that it will be included in The Galleries redevelopment. The Cabinet has also agreed in principle to take a new long-term lease on a new 250 space car park, which will form part of the redevelopment.

Details of the legal agreement between the council and The Galleries' owners, Shaviram, will now be finalised before the developer submits a planning application in late summer, with a planning decision expected by the end of the year. This could mean work starting on a sewer diversion and the infrastructure in January.

The Cabinet heard at its meeting on Tuesday 28 May that funding worth £8.4 million was in place for both The Galleries/High Street car park and the Union Street East schemes.  The council has already acquired most of the properties needed for the Union Street East scheme, including the former Marks & Spencer and A&N buildings, and is negotiating on others. Plans are expected later in the summer.

The two schemes, which are expected to be mix of housing, leisure and retail, form part of the council's Regenerating Rushmoor programme. The programme was set up last year after the Cabinet agreed a vision for how it wanted Aldershot and Farnborough town centres to look in ten years' time, based on a high-quality mixed-use redevelopment with distinctive retail, leisure, cultural, employment and residential sectors that would cater for all residents.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Major Projects and Property, Councillor Martin Tennant, said: "We've already made significant progress on the Union Street East scheme, but this agreement means we can now finally move forward with sorting out The Galleries, with a planning application coming very soon.

"Regeneration remains our highest priority and we are committed to delivering a programme that will radically alter the look of both our town centres so they can be in shape to face the challenges of the future."

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