We consider the redevelopment of The Galleries essential for the regeneration of Aldershot town centre and one of our highest priorities.
About The Galleries
The Galleries shopping centre sits in the heart of Aldershot town centre and is privately owned by the Shaviram Group. Since buying the site in 2016, Shaviram has been working closely with us to bring forward comprehensive regeneration proposals that reflect the regeneration ambitions set out in the Aldershot town centre prospectus.
Demolition of The Galleries
Demolition of The Galleries began in late 2021, starting with the link bridge connecting it to The Wellington shopping centre. The demolition has opened up the views between the High Street and Victoria Road once more.
Contractors have also been stripping out the interior of the former shopping centre in preparation for demolition.
Our Development Management Committee granted planning permission (subject to a S106 legal agreement) in November 2020 for the demolition of the existing buildings and the construction of 596 new flats, an improved public car park, and new ground floor retail floorspace.
The proposals also include a large, new public space that could be the focus for town centre events.
You can see Shaviram's planning application on our planning application website.
Key council decisions
In order to bring forward the proposals, we have approved, in principle, to relinquish our land interest in the High Street multi-storey car park and to take a long-term lease on a new 250-space town centre car pak. This will mean that the existing car park will be redeveloped as part of the scheme.
External funding for regeneration
We were successful in securing £3.4m of government grant funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) to help with infrastructure works that will be needed for the scheme.