A leisure centre, civic hub, hotel and retail and commercial space has been proposed, along with 1,006 energy efficient homes, in a planning application for Farnborough town centre.

The town’s new civic quarter will also have a new park and skate park in the scheme, drawn up by Rushmoor Development Partnership (RDP), a joint venture between Hill Investment Partnerships and the council. The scheme will replace the town’s old library, leisure centre, council offices, Westmead House offices, skate park, car parks and green space, as well as the now-demolished Elles Hall and police station.

Also included in the outline planning application are two ‘mobility hubs’, which would provide 650 parking spaces including electric vehicle charging points, information points, bike sharing, cycle hire lockers and car club spaces.

As part of the scheme, the Pinehurst roundabout will be replaced with a T-junction.

Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and planning, Cllr 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. 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.”

Cllr Martin Tennant, cabinet member for major projects and property and member of the RDP board, said: “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.”

The team on the project includes LDA Design as lead masterplanner and landscape architect, Barton Willmore on planning, Transport Planning Associates on transport planning and highways design, Gravity & XCO2 on additional engineering and Southern Ecology Solutions providing ecological services.

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