Media release - issued 25 Jun 2020

Green light given to Aldershot town centre regeneration

Aldershot is set for a major investment to transform the town centre around Union Street creating flexible retail, new homes and public space after Rushmoor Borough Council's Development Management Committee gave the go ahead for a bold new vision for Aldershot's high street to proceed.

The plans led by Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, will see significant investment to revitalise the existing area at 38-62 Union Street through a scheme which puts public space at the heart of the development. A new public square will be framed by retail, homes and the new 'Union Yard', a creative space for small and independent businesses.

The plans will also deliver student accommodation in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, aiming to bring more life and footfall into the town centre. 100 new homes will provide much needed housing for the area.

Cllr David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "The regeneration of Aldershot town centre is the Council's top priority, so we are pleased to be promoting this scheme and that our work with the RDP has resulted in a successful application. We are extremely delighted to have reached this important milestone."

Martin Tennant, Chair of the Rushmoor Development Partnership, commented: "We are grateful to all those who have been involved in bringing the scheme together and creating this opportunity to regenerate this part of Aldershot. This scheme will be a catalyst for further investment, enhancing links to the creative sector, creating jobs and training and bringing much needed high-quality homes into the town centre."

Greg Hill, Deputy Chief Executive of Hill Group, commented: "This decision marks an important and exciting milestone for the Rushmoor Development Partnership and the community of Aldershot. The proposals will bring further vibrancy to Aldershot town centre."

Following the granting of consent, demolition of the site will continue during 2020 with the development being completed by spring 2024.

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