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Grainger submits planning application for Aldershot

Grainger submits planning application for Aldershot

17 January 2013

Grainger plc

(“Grainger” or the “Company”) 

GRAINGER SUBMITS PLANNING APPLICATION FOR MAJOR HOUSING SCHEME ON FORMER ALDERSHOT BARRACKS SITE 

Grainger, as development partner for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the HCA, has submitted a major planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council for the 255 hectare former Aldershot Garrison site, known as Wellesley or the Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE).  

The outline planning application will pave the way for up to 3,850 new homes of which 35% will be affordable homes, two new primary schools, around 110 hectares of new green space, sports and community facilities and the refurbishment of six listed buildings, including the Cambridge Military Hospital. The development is due to start in 2014 with the first phase of 228 homes. It is likely that the development will take 15 years to complete.

Grainger and the Council have agreed a six month period to consider the planning application, and a report should be going to the Development Control Committee by the end of June 2013. The Council will take into account the views of members of the public and all interested parties and there is an extended consultation period of ten weeks, starting on 18th January 2013.

John Beresford, lead Development Director for the AUE scheme at Grainger, said:

“We are pleased to submit this major planning application, which, if approved, will help revitalise and improve Aldershot as a whole. By working closely with the community, the Council, the MoD, HCA and other stakeholders, we believe our proposal will bring long-term economic benefits to the wider Aldershot community, while providing much-needed, good quality new homes, new schools and fantastic green open spaces and amenities.”

Andrew Lloyd, Chief Executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, said:

“The Aldershot Urban Extension is one of the most important developments for Aldershot and the wider area in many years, as it will allow the town to grow for the first time in nearly a century, bringing new people to the area.   Coupled with the £65 million cinema and leisure complex that opened in the town recently, we believe the AUE will be a significant catalyst in driving forward the regeneration of Aldershot town centre in particular.  With nearly 4000 new homes, schools, green space and community facilities, the development will provide more choice for local families and for new residents to put their roots down in Aldershot. We are also particularly pleased that it will protect and build upon the area’s military heritage and green open space, which is very dear to the hearts of local people.”

Details of the planning application and all the documents are available on the Council’s website at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/aue and you can see them in paper copy at Aldershot Library and the Council Offices, Farnborough. You can comment on the application via the website, by email to plan@rushmoor.gov.uk or in writing to the Head of Planning at the Council Offices. Comments must be in writing and must be received by Friday 29th March 2013.

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For further information:

Grainger plc

Kurt Mueller

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7795 4700

Peter Morley

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7738 1673

 

Rushmoor Borough Council

Katharine Makant, AUE Project Manager

Email: Katharine.makant@rushmoor.gov.uk 

Mobile: 0782 7234089 (Tues - Fri)

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