A SCHEME to build a massive housing estate on an Aldershot industrial site was set to get the green light last night (Wednesday).

But the go-ahead will come at a price for the applicant, Boots Properties plc, which owns the warehouse and surrounding land in North Lane.

Rushmoor Council planners want the company to contribute £332,500 towards community facilities as part of the deal for the 475-home development.

They have also stipulated the company should pay a second "sweetener" of £5000 towards a recycling facility on the new estate.

In a report council officers say they back the idea of switching the 30-acre site from industrial to residential use.

In their view the existing large warehouse is out of place in a mainly residential area

The local roads, they say, are also unsuitable for large lorries travelling to and from the site.

Boots acquired the warehouse from its High Street predecessor, Timothy Whites, in the 1960s.

The company is selling the land for redevelopment because it is moving its prescription medicine distribution to Nottingham.

More than 500 workers were employed at the warehouse when the closure was announced last year.