Media release - issued 04 Nov 2021

Council seeks views on conservation areas

Local residents are being asked to give their views on proposed changes to four conservation areas in Aldershot and Farnborough.

In the second phase of a major project, Rushmoor Borough Council is undertaking a review of more conservation areas and has now launched a consultation to hear what people think of the plans.  

The reviews are part of the council's overall aim to protect and improve the heritage and character of Aldershot and Farnborough and build on the policies in the Rushmoor Local Plan.

In the Manor Park and Farnborough Hill conservation areas, the council is proposing to change the boundaries. This would remove areas that do not reflect, or add to, the historic character of the area. Overall, the conservation areas would be smaller, but more focused.  

The proposed amendments to the Basingstoke Canal conservation area takes account of the changes to the Aldershot Garrison and the designation of parts of the area as Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG).  

The council is also proposing to de-designate the St Michael's Abbey conservation area as a significant number of buildings within the conservation area are modern and the core heritage buildings, and their settings such as St Michael's Abbey and St Peters School are Nationally Listed, which provides greater protection than conservation area designation.   

As well as finding out more and making comments on our Conservation area reviews page, residents will also be able to find out more about the proposals at four virtual drop-in sessions. These will be for:

•    St Michael's Abbey and Farnborough Hill on Tuesday 16 November 
•    Basingstoke Canal and Manor Park on Wednesday 17 November 

Anyone who would like to attend one of the sessions should email 

Anyone unable to attend should contact the planning policy team on 01252 398787, so they can make alternative arrangements.  

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Planning and Economy, Councillor Marina Munro, said: "Our conservation areas play an important role in maintaining the heritage and character of our towns. A lot has changed since we last reviewed them. Given the significance of these areas, we hope that residents will take the time to look at the proposals in the consultations and give their views so we can fully take account of local opinions."  

The consultations are available on our Conservation area reviews page until 5pm on Monday 13 December. 

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