The application for Union Street includes demolishing existing buildings and constructing 128 student accommodation units
More pictures showing a new-look Aldershot town centre have been revealed after a planning application was officially submitted for the huge regeneration of Union Street.
The complete redevelopment of Union Street will see the transformation of the area from the former Marks and Spencer store down to Wellington Street and through High Street.
Existing buildings will be demolished and replaced with the construction of 100 residential units, 128 student accommodation units and a large retail and commercial floor space – around 2,237sqm.
The regeneration will also include an “attractive public square” and “Creators’ Yard” to encourage local artisans and independent businesses to the area.
To achieve this and fill the student accommodation, a partnership with the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham is to be formed.
Plans, pictures and artists’ impressions went on display to the public at two exhibitions at Princes Hall and Wellington Centre in January.
Following the public consultations, Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Rushmoor Borough Council and Hill Investment Partnerships, claimed it had support from more than 80% of residents.
The redevelopment plans had been held up after the council had to negotiate the purchase of a property on the High Street with one of its own councillors.
While the issue is still ongoing, it is believed to be close to being resolved.
A notice of the planning application was pinned on the site of the former Marks and Spencer on Friday (March 6).
The Creators’ Yard included within the plans will form a multi-purpose area that will contain a range of independent businesses and provide space and opportunity for events, entertainment and gatherings.
There will also be spaces for local artisans to create and sell “unique produce”, and a food and drink hub with facilities for street food specialists.
Martin Tennant, Chair of the RDP, said: “We are delighted to have submitted a planning application for the regeneration of 38–62 Union Street following extensive consultation with local people.
“The final scheme seeks to create a distinctive town centre where both new and existing residents of all ages, local businesses and artistic industries can come together while also building upon Aldershot’s rich heritage.
“Thank you again to all of those who gave us their feedback. We are so pleased to be moving forward with the plans after over 96% of responders said they wanted to see regeneration in Aldershot take place.
“The application now has to be validated by Rushmoor Borough Council, at which point all of the documents and plans for the scheme submitted as part of the planning application will be available to view on the Council’s website.”
The works are expected to take around two and a half to three years to complete if planning permission is granted.
Comments can be made on the planning application until March 27.
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