Major plans which are set to transform the civic quarter area in Farnborough have now been submitted to Rushmoor Borough Council.

The civic quarter, which sits to the south of Farnborough town centre, is currently home to Farnborough library, the former leisure centre, which is being demolished, the council offices, Westmead House offices, the skate park, surface car parks and a public green space, as well as the now-demolished Elles Hall and police station. 

The ambitious regeneration plans include proposals for the development of a new leisure centre, one thousand new energy-efficient homes, a civic hub, including new, smaller council offices, a library and community floorspace, a new hotel, space for retail and commercial development, a replacement skate park and a high-quality central park.

Also included in the outline planning application are two innovative mobility hubs, which would provide 650 parking spaces and key facilities including electric vehicle charging points, information points, bike sharing, cycle hire lockers and car club spaces. The aim is to provide a sustainable development that prioritises pedestrian and cycle connections to encourage the move away from private car use.

With the replacement of the Pinehurst roundabout with a T junction, the scheme would also considerably strengthen, and make safer, the connections between the civic quarter and the wider town centre, increasing footfall and supporting their long-term resilience as a place to live and work. 

The plans have been drawn up by the Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), which is a joint venture that brings together the council and Hill Investment Partnerships.

Submission of the outline planning application follows three public engagement sessions - one in 2019 and the others in the spring and autumn of last year, by the RDP.

The planning application can be viewed and commented on by going to the council's planning portal and using reference number 22/00193/OUTPP. Anyone interested should respond by May 4.

Paper copies of the planning application are available for inspection at the Council Offices, Farnborough Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7JU and Farnborough library, during normal opening hours.

Email responses can be sent to plan@rushmoor.gov.uk quoting reference 22/00193/OUTPP.  

If approved, the planning application provides the basis for further detailed planning applications going forward for each development plot on the site.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet member for Economy and Planning, Councillor Marina Munro, said: "The submission of the plans presents a major step forward for the long-awaited transformation of Farnborough town centre. I am encouraging our residents and businesses to take time, to look carefully at the plans (paper plans also in the library/council offices). Let us know your thoughts/comments so we can make the most of these new beginnings to create a thriving, vibrant and sustainable Farnborough town."

Councillor Martin Tennant, the council's Cabinet member for Major Projects and Property and member of the RDP board, added: "This is a fantastic milestone to reach, and I'm thrilled to bits to see these plans for such a comprehensive regeneration scheme being submitted. Thanks to everyone who has given their views as we've developed these proposals. We believe, if approved, they will they make a massive improvement to our town centre and create the heart that many in our community have been so keen to see."

For more information on the plans please see the council's planning portal reference number 22/00193/OUTPP or the Rushmoor Development Partnership website.

 

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