RUSHMOOR has adopted plans to guide developers of Aldershot military town.

The planning guidance is intended to help the bidders prepare plans for how the military town should be redeveloped and to identify all the extra community infrastructure that will be needed.

The new military town is likely to involve the investment of £220 million in providing improved Army facilities and the release of significant areas of land for private homes.

The council expects the redevelopment of surplus land to provide new housing estates with a wide range of facilities on land south of the Basingstoke Canal in Aldershot and North Camp.

Councillor Roland Dibbs, environment portfolio holder, said: "Aldershot will remain the home of the British Army with similar numbers of soldiers here in improved accommodation.

"The release of significant areas of land for new development will help meet local housing needs and generate additional trade to regenerate our town centres."

The Army expects to make a decision on the successful bidder next summer; development is likely to get underway in 2004.