A new public car park could be built on the site of the former Conservative Club in Aldershot town centre, as part of the wider redevelopment of The Galleries shopping centre.
On Tuesday (15 March) members of Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet gave approval in principle for the sale of the council's High Street multi-storey car park in exchange for a new car park which could be built on the Little Wellington Street site by The Galleries' scheme developer, Shaviram Aldershot Limited.
As the private owner of the former Galleries shopping centre, Shaviram has been working closely with the council to bring forward a scheme that will include new town centre homes, an improved public car park and new ground floor retail floorspace, as well as complementing the council's plans for Union Yard in Union Street where construction work has already started.
Shaviram recently bought the former Conservative Club site and is exploring proposals (subject to planning permission) for a new, purpose-built public car park of at least 250 spaces on the site.
To help bring forward the redevelopment of The Galleries, the council had previously agreed in principle that the High Street multi-storey car park could be included as part of the redevelopment, on the basis that a replacement car park was provided as part of the scheme. The latest option means that the existing High Street multi-storey car park could stay open until a replacement has been built, reducing the impact on parking in the town during the development work.
Councillor Martin Tennant, Cabinet Member for Major Projects and Property at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "The former Galleries shopping centre sits in the heart of Aldershot town centre and is a large site key to the town's regeneration. The council has been working proactively with Shaviram in progressing the regeneration of this site and over the last six months we have seen demolition work start and the removal of the link bridge in Wellington Street."
Councillor Tennant added: "I welcome the proposals which mean that a new town centre car park could be built with no gap in the continuity of parking for the town centre, causing less disruption for our shoppers and town centre businesses."
Further information and the proposals for The Galleries are available on our Aldershot town centre regeneration pages.