Changes planned for Aldershot’s conservation areas

Changes planned for Aldershot's conservation areas

Rushmoor Borough Council is considering plans to improve Aldershot’s conservation areas. 

Listed buildings from Aldershot
Changes planned for Aldershot’s conservation areas

It’s part of the council’s overall aim to protect and improve the heritage and character of Aldershot and Farnborough. 

Cargate and Aldershot military conservation areas will be reviewed to start with. 

Cargate and Aldershot military conservation area
Cargate and Aldershot military conservation area

The council says the plans for Cargate involve changing the boundaries of the conservation area which “would remove areas that do not reflect, or add to, the historic character of the area”. 

This would make the area smaller but the council says “more focused.” 

Under the proposed changes for Aldershot, parts of parts of the new Wellesley development will be included and other buildings including the Centre for Health, Army Careers Centre and military housing will be removed. 

The council is also consulting on its draft Locally Listed Heritage Assets supplementary planning document (SPD).

This document sets out how the council will identify buildings and structures of local importance and the procedure for adding them to its local list. 

It also identifies the relevant conservation principles which apply to these buildings and structures. 

Cargate and Aldershot military conservation area
Cargate and Aldershot military conservation area

The council has also made Article 4 directions for both areas which remove some permitted development rights from properties.

It means if residents want to make changes to their homes, they may need to get planning permission first. 

Councillor Marina Munro, Cabinet member for Planning and Economy at Rushmoor Borough Council, 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 and our aim is that the changes we are proposing now will continue to protect, but also improve, the nature of these areas for future generations.

“The draft Locally Listed Heritage Assets supplementary planning document complements this work, and we hope people will take the time to look at the proposals in the consultations and give their views.”

Residents are being asked for their opinions on the plans. There will be two drop-in sessions allowing residents to give their views: 

  • Cargate conservation area: Tuesday 25 February, 2.30pm to 7.30pm, at Aldershot Baptist Church, Upper Elms Road
  • Aldershot military conservation area: Wednesday 26 February, 2.30pm to 7.30pm, at Princes Hall

Read the consultations here. 

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